Its beauty lies in its simpleness.
so easy to control
so easy to shoot
and so light to carry.
The Yashica A was a basic model, both cosmetically and spec wise similar to the late versions of the Yashicaflex A-I (first released in 1954) but with the top speed of the Copal shutter upgraded from 1/200 to 1/300. The 1960 Olden Camera & Lens Co catalogue lists the Yashica A at $29.95 and the Yashica D at $49.95. With a number of cosmetic chnages, it continued in production until 1969. Not many were sold in later years.
Although usually a black camera, cameras produced between about 1957 to 1959, like the Yashica D, had grey leatherette with either black or grey metalwork or cream leatherette with brown metalwork (rare).
The Yashica A features twin Yashimar then Yashikor 80mm f/3.5 lenses, and has a Copal rim-set shutter, with shutter speeds of 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, and 1/300. It has a PC connection for flash sync, and because it uses a leaf shutter, it is capable of X sync at all shutter speeds. It was offered with black or grey coverings. The picture size is 6x6cm.
Shutter speed is selected by rotating the shutter speed dial. Aperture is set by adjusting a lever on the outside of the shutter speed dial. Film advance is performed by manually turning the advance wheel until the next frame number appears in the red window on the back of the camera.
If you are interested in buying some rolleiflex cameras or accessories,
Rolleinars are simple close-up lenses mounted in front of both TLR lenses for close focuring. In Europe Rolleinars can easily be found on camera fairs. They come in pairs as Rolleinar 1, Rolleinar 2 and Rolleinar 3 for Rollei bayonet sizes I, II, and III in neat leather pouches. The Rolleinar for the viewing lens includes a prism to correct for parallax error and shows a red dot for mounting. An earlier model had the prism as a separate part, so a complete set of this model would consist of three parts. When buying, make shure you get all the parts you need.
It is not uncommon for the data sheets of the Rolleinars to be lost. You will find the information below.
Object distances when using Rolleinars on a Rolleiflex TLR
Depth of field table Rolleiflex TLR 3.5/75 mm
Depth of field table Rolleiflex TLR 2.8/80 mm
Depth of field table Tele-Rolleiflex
Depth of field table Wide-angleRolleiflex
Depth of field table Baby Rolleiflex TLR 4×4