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    Cheapish metered TLR

    one of my friends wants a metered TLR so I was thinking Yashica.

    1. Is this the best metered option (for the price)?
    2. What is the difference between the 124 and 124g?
    3. What is the approximate cost?

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    Finding a Yashica with a still functioning meter is at best, difficult. I dont trust the meters in them due to their age. I always use a hand held meter with my Yashicamat(non-metered version) or use sunny 16 rule.I have a metered porro-finder for my Mamiyas that is accurate, I trust it and always hit the proper exposure.
    If I were to choose between the 124 and the G models, it would be the plain 124. The 124G has plastic innerds and is prone to early failure, while the 124 is all metal gearing, and better made. The G stands for gold, they used gold plating on the electrical contacts is all.
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    Finding TLRs with accurate meters is a long and trifling journey. You can have two of three: Cheap, meter works, everything else works.

    I'd either go with a non metered TLR and just use another camera to meter if necessary, or find another outfit. You can easily get 6x4.5 cameras with operational metering prisms (Mamiya 645 pro, Bronica SQ, etc.). You just miss out on the extra 1.5 centimeter, and get and extra two or three shots to boot.
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    I have a Yashicamat 124g which the meter works great on. If you know what you are doing you can go into where the meter assembly is at and adjust it if you need to.

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    I use a Yashica 124 when I'm in Turkey, what surprised me was the meter was quite accurate, I did need to clean the meter's contacts as intitially it was intermittent. Like Rick A I prefer the 124 to the 124G.

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    +1 My 124G meter works and it's quite accurate.

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    The Yashica 124Gs light meter has gold electrical contacts.
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    what is the advantage of gold contacts?

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    Last time I checked, I believe that the meters were the same technology (CDS). I didn't really understand the advantages of 124G. I too have heard that the 124's were built better and a better value because most people go for the latest cameras made. And is this the only affordable TLR with cds metering?

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    Re: Cheapish metered TLR

    Quote Originally Posted by msbarnes View Post
    what is the advantage of gold contacts?
    The gold contacts are supposed to be less prone to corrosion.

    Sent from my AT100 using Tapatalk 2

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