AE Pearson posted a good review on Yashica D. I agree that the differences of the Yashikor lens and Yashinon lens is not significant… based on my personal experience. (I have 4 copies of Yashica D, 2 with Yashikor lens and 2 with Yashinon lens.)
Yashica D TLR Review – The BEST Budget Medium Format Camera Ever Made!
As with many photographers, I myself am a bit of a HUGE photography equipment nerd. It’s hard not to be honestly. There are so many incredibly cool cameras, think about some of the factors that contribute to the diversity for a second:
- 150 years or so of research and development
- Varying film formats (a variety of small, medium, and large formats)
- Consumer taste
- Manufacturing and materials trends and developments
- The fit is near perfect. The layout of the winding knob, focus knob, shutter speed and aperture dials, shutter cocking lever, and shutter release button are all in just the right spot to be used without confusion and, after getting used to it, without even looking. This, to me, is HUGELY important.
- Sharp optics. Apparently there are two different versions of the 80mm f/3.5 lens that comes with this camera. Yashikor and Yashinon (I think?). If you care about the “expert” reviews on the internet about these two lenses, you’d probably be convinced that the Yashikor is worthless and not sharp. And, you would be wrong. If I can say one thing about reading camera reviews online it’s that they are mostly based on rumor and not actual experience. Take everything you read with a grain of salt.
- The “feel”. This camera just feels right. When you are holding it, its hard to ignore the voice in your head that tells you to grab a handful of film and get to shooting. Seriously.
- Ease of use. There is no bulky and unreliable meter built into this camera. All you need is a handheld meter or the good ol’ Sunny 16 rule. This camera is just plain simple. Everything about it just WORKS.
- Design. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? And, man, this thing is SOLID. Compared to the Yashica Mat 124G (of which I’ve owned a few), even though it’s essentially the same camera, it just feels much more solid and well thought out. Also, the lens is fixed and not interchangeable – to some this is a negative attribute, to me, this is more of a reason to buy one. Keep it simple.
- The price. Very affordable.
So kids, if you are in love with medium format – or just getting started – I HIGHLY recommend this camera for you. You will not be disappointed.If you are looking for more technical resources regarding this camera, please take a moment to check these links out:
What is mercury px625?
The PX625 (also referred to by other names such as PX13) is a small button-shaped 1.35volt mercury battery which great number of camera models were designed to use.
Before the manufacture of mercury batteries was banned, many cameras were designed to use them. Because mercury batteries produced a constant and reliable voltage, many cameras were built without any voltage regulation in the metering circuitry. Unless preventative measures are taken, use of other kinds of batteries gives erratic exposures and meter readings.
Brands and Cameras designed to use px625 battery
|Agfa||Optima 500 Sensor, Selectronic, Selectronic S, Agfamatic 300/4000/4008/5008/6008, Optima 535/1035/5000/5008/6000/6008|
|Bell & Howell||FD35, Autoload 340/341, Auto Reflex Dial 35|
|Canon||FT, FTb, FTbn, FT-QL, TX, TLb, EF, F1 (some), Ex, EX EE Auto, A35F, Demi 17, Demi EE 17, Canonet QL17/QL19/19E/25/19E, Canonet New QL17/New QL17L/New QL19/New 28/G-III 17/G-III 19|
|Chinon||SLR, 1000EL pocket, CS, CXII|
|Dacora||Rapid D101, D202, D404|
|Edixa||LTL, 35MM, Prismat, Amica Auto,TL 1000|
|Exakta||TL1000, RTL1000, Examat & Travemat meter finders|
|Fuji/Fujica||35FS, 35GP, V2|
|GAF Corporation||L-14, L-17, L-CM, L-CS, Anscomatic 726, Autoset Cds|
|GAF Bernard||Auto 35, Model 503, Viceroy 5000|
|Hanimex||35EE, 35SL, 120, 620, Compact A|
|Hasselblad||Meter Prism Finder CdS|
|Kalimar||K650, K431 Cds meter, K433 zone meter, Zanit 2000CTL|
|Keystone||K609H, K610H, K616D, K164H, K615H, K1010 Auto|
|Kiev||60 TTL (2 each)|
|Kodak AG||Retina IIF|
|Konica||AutoReflex T4/TC/Autorex, Auto S/S1.6/S2/S261 meter, EE-Matic, EE-Matic Deluxe F/FM, c35/c35 Flashmatic|
|Kowa||SE, SER, SET, SETR, SETR2, 6, 6 MM, Super 66|
|Leica||CL, M5, Leicaflex SL/SL2/SL-MOT/SL2-MOT|
|Minolta||SRT 100/101/200/201/202, SR 1/7/7V/100/102/200/201/202, AL-F, AL-E, Autopack 700, Himatic 7/7s/9/11|
|Miranda||Sensorex, Automex II/III, F, FM|
|Nikon||F, FTn, FT, T, Tn, Nikkormat FT/FTn/FT2|
|Olympus||35 series: 35DC/35LC/35RC/35RD/35SC/35SP/35SPN/35UC, EED, Pen FT, FTL, M-1, OM-1, OM-1MD, OM-1n|
|Petri||FT, FTIII, F1X, Racer, Petriflex 7|
|Praktica||TL, TL1000, Super TL/TL2/TL3, LTL, LTL3, MTL3, MTL5, Praktica 66 meter, Prakticamat|
|Ricoh||Simplex, Simplex II, SLX 500, TLS 400/EE|
|Rollei||35, 35S, 35T, 35 Classic, A26, 126, XF35, Rolleiflex SL35, SL35M, SL26|
|Topcon||RE Super, Super DM, 135EE|
|Vivitar||35EE, 35EF, 35ES|
|Yashica||MAT 124, MAT 124G, Y12, Y24, Half 14, Lynx 14/14E/5000, Ministar 700D, Penta J3/J4/J5/J7|
|Zeiss Ikon||Contaflex 126/SLF, Contarex Super/Super BC, Icarex 35S/35CS, SL706|
|Zenit||Zenit TTL, Zenit 16, Zenit 18, Zenit 19, Zenit , Zenit Avtomat, Zenit AM, Zenit APK|
Approaches to replace mercury px625 battery
a. CRIS MR-9 adapter.
Good: Uses Silver Oxide batteries SR-44. More available than other adapters.
Potential Bad: Expensive
b. PaulBG’s Adapter
Good: Cheaper. Uses Zinc Air batteries aka Hearing Aid battery.
Potential Bad: The battery will die every 3 months regardless of usage. It is cheap but you have to check on the battery.
c. DIY from old PX645 battery
Remove the centre piece of the PX645 battery leaving only the ring. Place a Zinc air battery in the centre and uses aluminum foil between the battery and ring.
4. these easiest way: wein cell px625
can easily get from amazon, antiquecamera.com, ebay and other online places. A genuine piece of wein cell usually costs around 6-7 US Dollars.