WTB: Yashica FR-I w/ lens (28/50mm)

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  1. agphotography

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    Hi everyone, been trying to find one of these in good shape as they can use the Contax Zeiss lenses (which I don't presently have, but wouldn't mind saving up for!)

    If you have one of these laying around with a lens or two, let me know! Maybe we can work something out.

    - Abram
     
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    Hi Abram - Must it be an FR 1 or would something like an FX-3 be OK? (Or how about going for the Contax 167MT which is just a sweetie and a phenomenal bargain at today's prices?)

    Best,
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    Jon,

    If it's to be a Yashica body then yes the FR-I is the one I'm after. Reason being is I ultimately would want a Contax RTS, I just don't have the budget for one right now, but if I can start with the FR then work my way up to the RTS then that would be fun.

    I hadn't considered other Contax bodies but the 167 sounds Similar to the FR. Ultimately I'm after a "semi-modern" metal bodied camera. All my Canon gear is well made but there is so much plastic involved it bothers me on some days. I just want to have a nice solid 35mm SLR to use on the street with my (you didn't hear this) digital cameras.

    I also figured the Yashicas weren't as popular as older Nikon Fs or Canon Pro-grade FD.

    I'm open to suggestions though!

    - Abram
     
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    The FX-3 is light but quite rugged and plentiful and I think less expensive than the FR-1. I'd not foreclose that option. There are 3 models in the FX-3 lineup, the FX-3, FX-3 Super and FX-3 2000. The only real difference between them at a practical level is the faster shutter speed.
     
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    The FX-3 is quite nice, specially the small size (I had the one with the 2000 shutter speed). I was lucky to have a very reliable meter on the one I had. Strangely enough my favorite lens was the ML (?) 50/2, the one with swirly bokeh. Good luck with the search!
     
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    I really like the FX-3 but you need to know that the shutter sounds like a bomb going off ;-)
     
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    There's a $41 FR-1 on KEH right now. They also have a $59 UGLY RTS, a $39 167 and $33 and $59 139's too. With KEH in my experience their ratings are very conservative. Plus there warranties and return policies very good.
     
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    That's also partially why I want the FR. Cloth vs metal shutter.

    There are a handful On eBay but I don't like taking chances on there.
     
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    Keep in mind that the FR/FRI/FRII film counter will (nearly 100%) not work. The little plastic/nylon gear dries out and breaks. There are no replacement parts. The camera still functions fine with out it. If it's automatic you're after consider the Yashica FX-D, a relative of the Contax 139Q. I just bought one in great condition with 50mm lens for $25.00. Seals needed replaced, so a kit was ordered from Jon Goodman. FXD is a great camera to use but lacks the depth of field preview button of the FR series. I use both Yashica and Contax. Great cameras IMO.
     
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    Thanks Rich, I didn't think to check KEH, I've always had good luck with them in the past.
     
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    I have an FR 1, with the Yashica ML 50/1.7, Yashica ML 80~210, Vivitar 28~80 Zoom Macro, and Yashica MC 35~70, plus winder for FR, a spare body with a bad film advance (but it advances with the winder), and a couple of Yashica DSB 50/1.9 lenses. PM me if you are interested.

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    Yashica FR-I with Yashica ML 50/1.7 by Greyscale3, on Flickr

    Oh, and the film counter works.
     
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