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    YashicaMat 124G

    Here are some pictures from my $22.00 YashicaMat 124G!

    Got it on eBay the other day as a parts/repair camera. The ad said that the film advance was inconsistant. I decided to buy this one and try to fix it. At the very least, I would have a nice display model if I couldn't get it to work right. I had always wanted one of these since back in the early 70s when I ran the Photo Department in a now-defunct New England department store chain. (Caldor) We sold them, and every so often I would pick up the display model and play with it. (Maybe that's why I got fired...)

    Anyway, it turned out that the takeup reel in the camera was worn and caused the advance mechanism to move erratically and stop the advance lever at a different point every time. I put in a newer reel and everything looked OK. Ran a roll of film through it and the frame spacing was Beautiful!!

    Looks like I got me a bargain...

    Russ

    PS My scanner leaves a little to be desired... The prints look a lot better. I think my Ciro-flex is sharper, though...
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    They are wonderful cameras. I've owned three and still have the third one. The first one I bought in Viet Nam in 70' and used it regularly on assignment as a photographer for the 25th Inf. Div. It took a heck of a beating in the field but worked perfectly every time. I sold that one shortly before I left the country and bought another while stationed in Germany. I sold that one when I left the Army in 72'. The last one I bought in the last year and did not fair as well. The lister on ebay used a photo from another listing and did not mention that the lens had fungus between the layers. I ended up buying a Rolleicord 1V with a lens in great shape and use it now. The 124G just sits on the shelf. I had great results with the 124 when shooting Plus-x and developing in Microdol at a 1to3 dilution.
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    I learned on one of these back in high school. A couple of years ago my wife bought me a mint one off of ebay ($55 with shipping). I sent it off to Mark Hama for a CLA and love occassionaly running few rolls through it.
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    I just bought one the other day - so this sounds all good news.

    I have bought it as a back up for my Hasselblad when shooting weddings etc.

    Matt

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    Went on a little camera trip the other day and gave the 124G a proper workout. Here are some samples...


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    I have a Mat 124G that I was given as payment for a $60 debt. I love it. It's in beautiful shape and if I had to buy it now I'd certainly pay more that the $60 to get it back. It takes lovely photos.

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    I used to have one, several years ago, and what shocked me at the time was how much better the image quality you could get with a fairly inexpensive M/F camera than the expensive Nikon F system I was using at the time, and although I traded the Yashica in eventually for the Mamiya C330F system I still use I still remember it with affection. Enjoy

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    I love my two Yashicas a 124G and a D; both ebay bargains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt5791
    I have bought it as a back up for my Hasselblad when shooting weddings etc.

    Matt
    Matt, I don't know what your style is, and I don't know the accuracy of what I'm about to state ... When I was considering a Yashicamat 124 [which I purchased and really like excepting the poor visibility in the WLF in bright light outside], my research yielded an opinion that the Yashicamat would provide very sharp images since it was developed for military use in Japan, I think. This is not always valued in portrait photography, I understand--in fact, I have heard that Hasselblad is considered ideal for portrait photography [by some] because it can create a softer image with the portrait lenses. On the other hand, people always talk about how sharp the Hassy lenses are, but that might vary by lens. I think with the Yashicamat 124, I've found that the images are sharp throughout. I'm sure others on here will correct me, including you, since I am a total novice.

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    Using the 124G as a backup for a Hasselblad in wedding photography is asking for trouble. They are not even in the same class. I have both and would never use the 124G at a wedding. If any of my clients would see this, I would never shoot another wedding - let alone what my contracted studios would say. Leave the Hasselblads to the weddings and the 124G to their little end of the world - usually scenics, flowers, people in general, that type of photography; but, definitely not, I repeat not, in a commercial situation. I love my 124G - I bought it on ebay from a closing camera shop in Brazil. It came in the original box, unopened, unused, and in pristine condition. But I know it's limitations.

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