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Yashica Mat 124 Batteries

Larry Harrison , Apr 16, 2002; 04:59 p.m.

I have just bought a Yashica Mat-124 TRL. Looing in the manual, the batteries used were either a PX-13B or EPX-B (1.3v). Knowing that they do not use the mercury batteries anymore, what do I use? What can I expect from using the newer batteries? I have seen the battery issues but they seem to be mostly on the 124G. I went to the site for the MR-9, but that seems to be just for the 124G. Does anyone have experience with the 124 and newer batteries? Thanks for your assistance.



Rick Campbell , Apr 16, 2002; 05:55 p.m.

I think Wein Cell makes a replacement for the PX-13B. I believe it's a silver oxide battery with a voltage regulator to simulate the mercury ones. But I must say that the meter on my 124G was pretty useless if you're shooting slides. You'd be much better of with a small meter like the Sekonic 308B in my experience.

Jim Zajkowski , Apr 16, 2002; 06:08 p.m.

I found the meter in my Mat 124 to be terribly unreliable, even after using a benchtop voltage regulator. I had been looking for an excuse to get handheld meter, and this was it. :-)

Richard Cochran , Apr 16, 2002; 07:10 p.m.

You'd use batteries? In a YashicaMat? Oh well, if you really want to do that, go to CRIS cameras and look at their battery adapters that allow you to use modern batteries to power equipment that wants mercury cells. Their MR-9 adapter will make a S76 battery look like a PX-13.

Ulrich Ploedereder , Apr 17, 2002; 02:23 a.m.


I've asked Kyocera, Germany, a few month ago. They would carry out a little modification so you can use a 1.5V cell instead of the obsolete 1.3V mercury cells. Costs about 50.- Euro.

Regards Uli

roger michel , Apr 17, 2002; 01:36 p.m.

1.3 volt mercury batteries are easily found at most stores that carry classic cameras. leon hertzson at the camera place (who has a web site) always has a good stock. i buy mine at new england photo in arlington, mass. rather than using an adapter, a bettre long term solution is to have the meter recalibrated to be accurate with the higher voltage cell.

Don Cole , Nov 24, 2002; 06:36 p.m.

Check px625.com

Ted White , Oct 27, 2004; 01:45 p.m.

I just bought a Yashica Mat 124G. Just where in the heck is the battery on this little beauty?

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