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    The only drawback to the 124 compared to the 124G is the silly checkerboard vinyl they used! Other than that, it is the same lewns, same shutter. Only a better wind mechanism, less plastic all around. The 124 G is a sheeple camera; the 124 is a classic Don't be a sheeple, go for the better camera!

    Remove the vinyl and get some griptac covering and you'll be in heaven.

    Compared to ebay, when buying in a place like this people are more exposed, have more investment in their reputation, and hence much more willing to make certain that a buyer is satisfied.

    John Koehrer is right that leaf shutters will be slower than stated at highest speed. A full stop is the far side of out of spec for 1/500, but after that you should expect better. Compur's stated tolerance for 1/250 and 1/500 is 20%. The OP said that higher speeds- plural- were a full stop off.
    Last edited by Dan Daniel; 02-12-2012 at 10:46 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    In the UK a service on a Yashicamat works out at £50
    Ian, do you mind me asking who you use for this?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvy View Post
    I'm looking at a Yashica Mat 124G camera for $200 (auction site). Seller claims pristine condition and very recent CLA (seals were replaced). One flaw that he mentions is that the fastest shutter speeds are off by a stop -- e.g. 1/500 clocks at 1/250, etc. As I occasionally shoot fast moving subjects, this is a concern. But on the other hand, maybe most of these cameras develop this problem as they age (does anyone know?), and I'd have been none the wiser otherwise.

    So I'm wondering: How extensive a repair is this? Is it something I can do myself (probably not)? Should I just keep shopping? Or just not worry about it?

    Thanks.
    Sorry but there are just too many alarms clanging as I read this. The particulars describe a fishy 'Mat: pristine, recent CLA, new light seals but an abiding problem("beats me, you solve it"). Be patient. Keep shopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael stevens View Post
    Ian, do you mind me asking who you use for this?

    Thanks.
    I use Black on White in Bristol, £50 was for a shutter service, they did find a twist in the focus mechanism on my 124but after discussion we both agreed it wasn't worth fixing that as it would be unecomonic.

    Ian

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