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Yashica TLR Manuals

Source: http://www.butkus.org/chinon/yashica.htm

 

Yashica 635 (2 1/4 and 35mm)

Yashica MAT 66

Yashica MAT-124

Yashica MAT-124G

Yashica MAT EM

Yashica MAT “M”

Yashica MAT LM

Yahsica A (2 1/4)

Yashica C

Yashica D

Yashica D 66

Yashica E (6X6)

Yashica LM 44

Yashica 44

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Production Date of Yashica TLR

You can refer to the table below to check about the date of your yashica tlr

 

Source of table: yashicatlr.com

 

Model
Body Serial No. Range
No.
Typical Taking Lens Serial Numbers
From
To
66 Series
Pigeonflex
215xxx
255xxx
18
244xxx-269xxx
Yashima Flex
37xxx
44xxx
6
272xxx-285xxx
Yashica Flex B
4xxxx
?
3
294xxx-299xxx
52xxx
54xxx
7
28xxx-35xxx
Yashica Flex S (NKS-FB)
29xxx
30xxx
4
289xxx-293xxx (Tri-Lausar)
30xxx
34xxx
17
224xxx-231xxx (Heliotar)
Yashicaflex S (Copal)
30xxx
31xxx
20
232xxx-237xxx (Heliotar)
67xxx
71xxx
25
239xxx-250xxx (Heliotar)
Yashicaflex A-I
12xxx
14xxx
7
12xxx-14xxx, 31xxx-40xxx
53xxx
65xxx
9
57xxx-82xxx
79xxx
80xxx
4
202xxx-309xxx
116xxx
138xxx
18
116xxx-134xxx, 225xxx-467xxx, 761xxx-771xxx
MolfoReflex
6xxx
8xxx
2
?
114xxx
114xxx
3
114xxx-24xxx
31xxx
31xxx
11
128xxx-398xxx
Yashicaflex A-II
19xxx
30xxx
17
18xxx-58xxx
70xxx
122xxx
27
65xxx-129xxx, 228xxx-242xxx
112xxx
112xxx
3
208xxx-225xxx
213xxx
214xxx
5
328xxx-425xxx, 76xxxx-769xxx
Yashicaflex AS-II
30xxx
1
29xxx
81xxx
83xxx
6
63xxx-90xxx, 109xxx-129xxx
19xxx
23xxx
19
127xxx-186xxx, 361xxx-560xxx, 695xxx-886xxx
Yashicaflex C
?
?
4
117xxx-214xxx
515xxx
596xxx
36
237xxx-491xxx,
625xxx-672xxx, 788xxx-809xxx
Yashicaflex
A-III (?)
121xxx
1
541xxx
Yashicaflex A2
7xxx
9xxx
6
523xxx-524xxx, 604xxx-610xxx, 199xxx
15xxx
18xxx
7
510xxx-616xxx
Yashica Rookie
201xxx
230xxx
7
189xxx, 388xxx-631xxx
Yashica LM
?
?
3
237xxx-282xxx, 474xxx
100xxx
127xxx
44
285xxx, 429xxx-895xxx
790xxx
791xxx
5
884xxx-916xxx
7100xxx
1
913xxx
57110xxx
57120xxx
4
256xxx-954xxx
5810xxx
5820xxx
3
212xxx-4xxxxx
Yashica C
?
?
7
267xxx-296xxx, 410xxx, 622xxx-627xxx
802xxx
829xxx
17
423xxx-859xxx
791xxx
793xxx
4
890xxx-894xxx
57101xxx
57122xxx
4
915xxx-976xxx
5880xxx
1
421xxx
38101xxx
1
442xxx
Yashica A
30xxx
67xxx
12
370xxx-864xxx (Yashimar)
790xxx
1
873xxx (Yashimar)
57111xxx
5712xxx
2
958xxx (Yashimar)
5870xxx
5883xxx
3
410xxx-425xxx (Yashimar)
38100xxx
1
425xxx (Yashimar)
3810xxx
3940xxx
6
254xxx-499xxx (Yashimar)
3940xxx
3971xxx
11
499xxx-502xxx (Yashikor)
640xxx
661xxx
3
562xxx-765xxx (Yashikor)
116110xxx
1
653xxx (Yashikor)
A 1040xxx
1
694xxx (Yashikor)
A 2030xxx
A 8060xxx
13
869xxx-962xxx, 222xxx-298xxx, 691xxx, 845xxx (Yashikor)
Yashica-Mat
57xxx
64xxx
19
19xxx-42xxx (75 Lumaxar)
64xxx
84xxx
34
29xxx-93xxx (80 Lumaxar)
791xxx
1
100xxx (80 Lumaxar)
57100xxx
57103xxx
6
99xxx-122xxx (80 Lumaxar)
5870xxx
5881xxx
8
201xxx-204xxx (Yashinon)
37121xxx
38121xxx
3
212xxx-213xxx (Yashinon)
3890xxx
4120xxx
6
206xxx-219xxx (Yashinon)
MT 1030xxx
MT 9111xxx
28
222xxx-942xxx (Yashinon)
MT 0110xxx
1
1027xxx (f/2.8 viewing lens)
MT 1020xxx
MT 2123xxx
9
713xxx-806xxx, 1037xxx (f/2.8 viewing lens)
Yashicaflex A3
?
?
3
233xxx, 400xxx, 807xxx
11xxx
?
1
869xxx
69573
?
1
?
32111xxx
2
953xxx-985xxx
Yashicaflex B
19xxx
27xxx
11
614xxx-818xxx (Citizen MXV)
80xxx
86xxx
3
852xxx-876xxx (Citizen MXV)
790xxx
1
876xxx
5891xxx
1
431xxx
32102xxx
32103xxx
5
913xxx-963xxx
3340xxx
3371xxx
5
204xxx-217xxx, 407xxx-448xxx
Yashica B
393xxxx
3950xxx
5
462xxx-491xxx, 289xxx-300xxx
630xxx
660xxx
5
584xxx-628xxx
B 1080xxx
B 1120xxx
2
750xxx-794xxx
Yashica 635
38100xxx
?
2
253xxx-258xxx
3920xxx
393xxxx
3
276xxx-488xxx (Yashikor)
4110xxx
4121xxx
5
554xxx-559xxx (Yashikor)
641xxx
650xxx
1
601xxx-638xxx (Yashikor)
ST 1030xxx
ST 4031xxx
6
692xxx-915xxx (Yashikor)
SX 4080xxx
SX 9110xxx
23
229xxx-948xxx (Yashikor)
SX 0032xxx
SX 0053xxx
5
966xxx-994xxx (Yashikor)
SX 0091xxx
SX 0120xxx
3
90xxxx-? (Yashinon)
SX 1061xxx
SX 1081xxx
3
782xxx-1062xxx (Yashinon)
Yashica D
38111xxx
38121xxx
3
454xxx-464xxx (Yashikor)
3920xxx
4102xxx
15
276xxx-539xxx (Yashikor)
477xxx
1
380xxx (Yashikor)
620xxx
641xxx
6
575xxx-598xxx (Yashikor)
?
?
2
648xxx-666xxx (Yashikor)
D 1051xxx
D 9081xxx
47
709xxx-998xxx, 149xxx-927xxx (separate series) (Yashikor)
D 1005xxx
1
980xxx (Yashikor)
D 0030xxx
D 0061xxx
4
998xxx-1001xxx (Yashikor)
D 0080xxx
D 0090xxx
2
984xxx-991xxx (Yashinon)
D 0101xxx
D 0122xxx
4
979xxx-1034xxx (Yashinon)
D 1021xxx
D 1070xxx
12
1016xxx-1063xxx (Yashinon)
H 103xxx
H 113xxx
5
724xxx-741xxx, 1036xxx (Yashinon, Hong Kong)
Yashica Auto
3930xxx
3950xxx
10
200xxx-208xxx
Yashica Mat-LM
4110xxx
1
Camera in user manual
630xxx
680xxx
12
226xxx-237xxx
156090xxx
1
240xxx
MTL 1020xxx
MTL 5080xxx
51
247xxx-437xxx
Yashica Mat-EM
EM 4029xxx
EM 7051xxx
36
440xxx-703xxx
Yashica E
YE 3060xxx
YE 4020xxx
17
No lens numbers
Yashica 24
L 5110xxx
L 7110xxx
16
509xxx-776xxx
Yashica 12
R 7033xxx
R 8041xxx
8
686xxx-766xxx
Yashica Mat-124
7110xxx
9121xxx
29
782xxx-934xxx
0010xxx
0050xxx
5
938xxx-944xxx
Yashica Mat-124G
0102xxx
0120xxx
5
995xxx-1020xxx
1040xxx
1124xxx
14
710xxx-774xxx
2030xxx
4120xxx
17
800xxx-1170xxx
5020xxx
9123xxx
23
No lens numbers
053xxx
097xxx
8
No lens numbers
104xxx
235xxx
27
No lens numbers
44 Series
Yashica-44
17xxx
22xxx
23
333xxx-346xxx
5670xxx
5888xxx
29
355xxx-423xxx, 531xxx
?
?
5
366xxx-426xxx
3890xxx
3972xxx
14
426xxx-458xxx, 604xxx
38101xxx
38113xxx
3
441xxx-442xxx
?
?
10
445xxx-491xxx, 603xxx
650xxx
69xxxx
3
547xxx-549xxx
850xxx
1
492xxx
Yashica 44A
3840xxx
4112xxx
71
349xxx-527xxx
620xxx
650xxx
6
530xxx-540xxx, 415xxx
FA 1020xxx
FA 3111xxx
44
682xxx-999xxx,
107xxx-113xxx
FA 5040xxx
FA 5040xxx
2
295xxx-320xxx
Yashica 44LM
3964xxx
4111xxx
16
204xxx-543xxx
549xxx
660xxx
14
347xxx-550xxx
1010xxx
1060xxx
2
390xxx
39100xxx
1
541xxx
166090xxx
166091xxx
12
552xxx-559xxx
FL 1020xxx
FL 6120xxx
39
740xxx-945xxx, 111xxx-351xxx, 669xxx-740xxx

 

Yashica TLR History and Models

Source: Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yashica

History

The company began in December, 1949 in Nagano, Japan, when the Yashima Seiki Company was founded with an initial investment of $566.[1] Its eight employees originally manufactured components for electric clocks.[2] Later, they began making camera components, and by June 1953 had introduced their first complete camera, the Yashimaflex, a twin-lens reflex (TLR) medium-format camera designed for 6x6cm medium format film. While the Yashimaflex used lenses labeled Tri-Lausar, successive models used Yashikor and Yashinon lenses. All of these lenses were manufactured for Yashica by the Tomioka Optical Works, beginning a relationship that would last for many years.[3] Late in 1953, Yashima Seiki Company became Yashima Optical Industry Company, Ltd.[4]

In 1957, Yashima founded Yashica, Inc., a subsidiary arm in New York City to manage marketing efforts in the USA.[5][6] 1957 also marked the introduction of a popular new TLR camera series, the Yashica Mat line.,[7] as well as an 8mm cine movie camera. During the next year and a half, Yashima continued to grow, with 1,982 employees by 1958.[8] Later in 1958, Yashima changed its name to Yashica Company, Ltd, when it acquired the Nicca Camera Company, Ltd.[9] The Nicca acquisition was fortuitous, as the designs acquired assisted Yashica in expanding its product line into advanced 35mm rangefinder cameras.

The Yashica Pentamatic, an advanced, modern 35mm Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera with a proprietary bayonet-mount, automatic diaphragm (offered only with the Auto Yashinon 50mm/1.8 lens), and interchangeable lenses, was introduced in 1959. As before, Yashica continued to source its lenses from the Tomioka Optical factory.

Around 1959–1960, Yashica acquired the assets of the bankrupt Zunow Optical Industry Co. Ltd.[10][11] Though a small company, Zunow had become known for limited production of a very advanced 35mm SLR camera, along with several high-quality, fast 35mm camera and 8mm cine (movie) lens designs and a proprietary bayonet-mount lens system similar to that of Yashica Pentamatic. With the assistance of Tomioka Optical Works, Yashica adapted Zunow lens designs into its own 8mm turret cine (movie) cameras.[12]

Like Zunow, Yashica found it difficult to gain market acceptance with its proprietary SLR lens mount, and redesigned its SLR camera line in 1962 to accept the Contax/Praktica M42 lens mount.[13] The new SLR camera was introduced as the Penta J.

In December 1965, Yashica introduced the world’s first commercially successful electronically controlled 35mm camera, the Electro 35, a popular rangefinder model that in various model subvariants eventually sold 8 million units.[14] The company continued to expand its international markets, and in August 1968, Yashica finally acquired its lens manufacturer, the Tomioka Optical and Machine Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (later renamed the Tomioka Optical Co. Ltd.).[15] By this time, Tomioka was one of the largest and most reputable lens manufacturers in Japan. Sales of 35mm SLRs continued to grow steadily, and Yashica was quickly acquiring a reputation for both electronic camera expertise and high-quality optics. 1968 also marked the year of Yashica’s last major TLR camera design, the Yashica Mat-124, a popular model which combined some of the best features of Yashica’s earlier TLR cameras.

In 1968, Yashica introduced the TL Electro-X 35mm single lens reflex (SLR) camera and produced it until 1974. It had a screw thread lens mount, the M42 lens mount, for its interchangeable lenses. It also had an all-electronic through-the-lens exposure meter in the viewfinder using LEDs. The Copal Square SE shutter, a vertically-travelling metal blade focal plane shutter made by Copal Corporation, used in the camera, was electronically controlled.[16][17]

In 1972, Yashica introduced the TL Electro 35mm SLR camera which was similar to the Pentax Spotmatic camera made by the Asahi Optical Company (Pentax). The TL Electro also used the electronic exposure LED’s that the prior TL Electro-X had introduced as well as the M42 screw threaded lens mount for its interchangeable lenses.[18][19]

In 1973, Yashica the company began a collaboration with Carl Zeiss it called Top Secret Project 130 to produce a new, professional 35mm SLR with an electronically controlled shutter bearing the Contax name, and called the RTS (for ‘Real Time System’).[20] A new prestige line of Yashica / Contax lenses designed by Carl Zeiss were introduced for the camera, with a common C/Y bayonet mount allowing lens interchange between all 35mm Contax and Yashica SLR camera models.[21] The F. Alexander Porsche Group was hired to complete an ergonomic and styling study of the new camera. The new Contax RTS appeared at Photokina in 1974, and became a commercial success.

Top of FRII

Yashica soon introduced several new 35mm SLR cameras beginning with the FX-1 (1975) and FX-2 (1976). Also in that year, in response to the success of the Contax RTS, Yashica developed the upscale Yashica FR utilizing some of the features of the RTS, including its electromagnetic shutter release.[22] The FR was capable of using the entire range of Carl Zeiss T* lenses. In contemporaneous tests, the FR was described as being tougher in some ways than the more expensive Contax RTS, including better sealing against dust and contaminants.[23] This practice of ‘pairing’ similar Contax models with more affordable, less full-featured, but still high-quality Yashica models would continue for the next 10 years. The FR was quickly followed in April 1977 by the FR-I and FR-II.[24] The FR-I was an 35mm SLR offering even more features of the RTS, including an electronic shutter with both manual and aperture priority modes, and marked the high point for the Yashica brand in competing with Nikon, Canon, and Minolta for the semi-professional SLR camera market.[25]

A Yashica FX-3 Super with a 500mm mirror lens.

In 1979, Yashica introduced a new inexpensive 35mm consumer SLR, the FX-3, intended for entry-level buyers.[26] Like all Yashica manual-focus bodies, the affordable FX-3 featured a C/Y lens mount that would also accept Carl Zeiss T* lenses. This simple, lightweight manual-exposure SLR camera sold well, and with minor revisions, stayed in production until 2002.

In October 1983, Yashica Company Ltd. was acquired by ceramics giant Kyocera. Initially, the merger resulted in few outward changes. The manual-focus (MF) FX-103 Program, introduced in 1985, continued the ‘pairing’ tradition of high-end Yashica SLR models with Contax (Contax 159mm), and was the first Yashica SLR with TTL flash and full programmed exposure capabilities.

After 1983, all Yashica brand cameras were marketed by Kyocera (Kyoto Ceramics), which also made newer Contax cameras. By 1985, the company was facing intense market competition from other manufacturers, especially Minolta, which had introduced a competitively priced and advanced autofocus 35mm SLR camera. Yashica eventually introduced its own autofocus 35mm SLR camera line that was overpriced and poorly marketed in comparison to its competition. In response, Kyocera gradually repositioned the brand as a budget-priced ‘point & shoot’ line, moving production from Japan to Hong Kong, and discontinuing all high-end SLR camera production.

In 2005, Kyocera halted production on all Contax, Yashica, and other Kyocera branded film and digital cameras.[27] In 2008, Kyocera sold the trademark rights of Yashica to Hong Kong-based MF Jebsen Group, and is under its subsidiary JNC Datum Tech International, Limited. Yashica’s products from JNC Datum Tech International including digital cameras, digital camcoders, digital photo frames, portable DVD players, digital audio players, digital voice recorders, binoculars, mobile phones and SD cards.

 

TLRs

Yashica Mat-124 G.

  • Pigeonflex
  • Yashica 12
  • Yashica 24
  • Yashica 44
  • Yashica 44A
  • Yashica 44LM
  • Yashica 635
  • Yashica A, B, C, D [1]
  • Yashica EM
  • Yashica Mat
  • Yashica Mat 124
  • Yashica Mat 124 G
  • Yashimaflex