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Yashica Lynx 1000

Andy Collins , May 01, 2008; 08:13 p.m.

I've been using this camera a lot more lately and in doing so I've come to appreciate it a lot more. As much as I love compact RFs from the 70s, this one sure has them beat in terms of features, with shutter speeds from 1s to 1/1000s and apertures from f/1.8 to f/22. Not to mention the excellent lens! Anyway, here are a few shots I took with it over the last week or so. Nothing to write home about, but they were fun to take.

Sunset along the lane


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Andy Collins , May 01, 2008; 08:14 p.m.

Here's another...

The neighbors

Andy Collins , May 01, 2008; 08:15 p.m.

And the last one...

Lost in a sea of green!

Ralf J. , May 01, 2008; 08:33 p.m.

Andy - I loved these shots. The sunset is gorgeous and very moody. I would love to have a print of that sunset.

Denny Purtee , May 01, 2008; 08:51 p.m.

Hi Ralf, I had one in the '60's and I shoot a few basketball games with it for a small newspaper in Michigan.. That's back when tri-x was rated 160 asa and we would buy 100ft rolls and spool our own. the camera worked good in cold weather too. I think after 7or8 100ft rolls , I just replaced it with a new SLR. have a nice day Denny

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 01, 2008; 09:47 p.m.

Nice shots! Thanks for sharing. Yashica made a range of good cameras. Their twin lens series was also very good. Perhaps they tried to please everyone and tried too many things. Perhaps it is not their fault either. All businesses are now getting centralized into a few conglomerates; that seems true from steel to software and soft drinks!

Minh Nguyen , May 01, 2008; 09:57 p.m.

These ranger-finder cameras make classic forum busy, beautiful pictures from a real classic.

Nicholas Poole , May 01, 2008; 10:04 p.m.

has them beat with features???? those 70s rangefinders often had faster glass, aperture priority, smaller size, and spot metering (35sp)

i hardly call 1/1000th and f22 features

Russ Rosener , May 01, 2008; 10:29 p.m.

How did you get the cows to pose so perfectly? Great color. Yashica lenses were top drawer. I guess that's why Contax partnered with them.

Andy Collins , May 01, 2008; 11:09 p.m.

Nicholas, you make an excellent point. I think the excitement of the camera clouded my perspective. That being said, in comparison to Yashica's own Electro 35 GSN, the Lynx 1000 is more compact (but heavier, which I like!), and has a more useful meter (which requires no battery or adapter), in my opinion, as opposed to the lighted arrows of the GSN. Even though the GSN has aperture priority, I like knowing exactly what my camera is set on, and being able to quickly control all of the settings, and therefore control the outcome more precisely. The 1.7 lens of the GSN versus the 1.8 of the Lynx isn't a significant enough difference to matter much, but you're right about the features the later RFs had. Aperture priority, flash output coupled to the aperture, spot metering as you mentioned, and a backlight feature on the Oly 35DC and XA. Perhaps I should have said that considering its age, the Lynx 1000 can certainly hold its own against later RF cameras in terms of its performance and the control it offers the photographer. And it's not that 1/1000 is such a great feature (although it makes a huge difference with ISO 400 film in sunlight), but that the camera offers 11 speed settings plus 'B' compared to the Oly 35RC's six or even the GIII QL17's 8--again, these just allow more fine control as does the extra f-stop. Thanks for making the point though, and snapping me out of my fanatical myopia! If you've read any of my posts you'll know that I'm a hopeless fan of the RFs from the 70s. This Lynx just happens to be one of those timeless cameras in which everything came together perfectly.

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