TLR Review: The Unique Yashica 635


Yashica 635
by Kar Yan Mak


In 1958, Yashica manufactured a one and only dual format TLR, the Yashica 635. It takes 6×6 on 120 rollfilm and 24x36mm on 35mm film (with a special adapter kit). It has a Copal MVX shutter and a Yashikor 80mm f/3.5 lens. The 635 looks similar to the Yashica D, except for the additional knobs for 35mm film operation.


The 35mm adapter kit consists of six items: 35mm sportsfinder mask, mask assembly, pressure plate, spool, adapter ring, and supporter shaft. For 35mm framing, a mask goes on the sportsfinder and red line marks are shown in the viewfinder. There are seperate frame counters for 120 and 35mm films. The counter for 120 film is above the focusing knob and for 35mm, it surrounds the 35mm film advancing knob (where marked “35mm Film Only”). I’ve heard mixed opinions about the 35mm kit. Some say it’s a waste of time due to the mediocre quality and the all vertical shots but some are paying way over $40 for the kit only. MY opinion is, how many cameras out there have dual formats? I will cherish this camera. I have yet to find out the results from 35mm film, if I do I’ll keep you posted.


I’ve heard that the 635 also came with a version that has a Yashinon lens (see below). It’s supposedly superior to the Yashikor due to the 3-element glass versus the Yashinon’s 4-element. Many people are going after the Yashica 124G, which I also happen to own, because of the Yashinon lens and a couple of interesting features. The 124G is the last of the Yashica TLR line. You ask, how do the 124G and 635 compare? For starters, I doubt you could tell the difference between a 635 and 124G’s quality. The pluses of a 124G are the crank handle advance which automatically charges the shutter for the next frame, the built-in coupled meter, and being able to use a standard cable release. The 635 requires a special adapter (called the Leica nipple) for cable releases.


Yashica-635 with 35mm kitimage by Yi-tao “Timo” Lee  (Image rights)


Here is a nice set on flickr produced using yashica 635

fruit bowl / focus test

Yashica 635

#87 - Yashica 635

stile / focus test 2


#24: Pitstone / Yashica 635 / 35mm test

Garden Portrait

family double

Little Miss Chatterbox

t-shirt design

Poplar Tunnel, xpro

Canary Wharf 635

red wheel



93 / Yashica / xpro

#95 Spooky Snow

Better Late Than Never part I

Better Late Than Never part II

Street Portrait #2: Jack, Southend Pier

Jonny & The Rocket II

Street Portrait #3, Little Venice

Street Portrait #4, Little Venice

Paddington Walkway

#50 redscale red

#51 summer in redscale

Kilo Echo Foxtrot Oscar

Weymouth Harbour

Weymouth Front

Chesil Beach

Shiny New Car

Greenhill Gardens Beach Huts

Weymouth Punch and Judy

Euston Square

Southwark skyline

Stage Door, redscaled

Underground Jim


take courage

Milleninnium Footbridge, redscaled

Milleninnium Footbridge, cross processed



Holly Berries

Keyhaven boats

Pantone Mugs


Waterloo, waiting

half boat

Hurst Ferry

Spooky Tree (101?)

Oak Tree in Redscale Revisited

redscaled family

Anya & Bertie Snuggles



Thames Flood Barrier

Thames Flood Barrier II


redscaled silhouette

#103 redscaled trunk

Redscale Red R

Dome, redscaled



Marcus & The Bluebells

#67 late spring / early summer


Will the Fish

The General Store

rock formation


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