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    Yashica Mat 124 G

    My friend is giving me his for a week. Sort of a test drive in the hope I may purchase it. You know,shoot a few rolls,kick the tires,get the feel of the camera.
    Anything I should pay attention to as far as using the on camera meter? Any and all advice will be appreciated.

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    Not that there is anything in particular wrong with the meter, but I never bother. I use either a hand held or sunny-16. It takes the old mercury cells, so you'll need a Wein cell or equivalent if there isn't one in it. The Yashicamats are nice cameras, though the advance can be a bit loud.

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    I used to own one, years ago. I don't remember enough about it to give you advice, but I can tell you it was a pleasure to use.
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    If the meter does work, there is an adapter to use regular Zinc-Air hearing aid batteries. It works with MOST camera that use the PX13 batteries. I don't have the link, but you can find it by Googling Nikon F meter batteries.
    JeffW.

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    Ditto on using a handheld meter or sunny 16. I would suggest shooting some chrome as well as print film. I think you will be surprised at the quality of the images one can get with this relatively inexpensive camera. I know I was.
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    Good Evening, Mike,

    I agree regarding the meter. I've had a Yashica-Mat for years and use it occasionally. I can't recall ever depending on the meter and have long ago simply removed the battery. Enjoy the camera; it can produce very good results.

    Konical

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBP
    Not that there is anything in particular wrong with the meter, but I never bother. I use either a hand held or sunny-16. It takes the old mercury cells, so you'll need a Wein cell or equivalent if there isn't one in it. The Yashicamats are nice cameras, though the advance can be a bit loud.
    I did some research on good light meter for TLR use. The result is:

    http://wiki.silvergrain.org/wiki/index.php/L-208

    I'm more used to L-408 myself, but when I just walk around with my TLR and not even a camera bag, I found this cheap little meter is good enough for negative films. (I bought this meter just for my TLRs... and so far it's working very nicely. The only complaint is that they should make an L-shaped attachment so that I can read the meter from top! Can someone custom machine a "prototype" and give me one :-))

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    I don't even keep a battery in mine. They're nice cameras. Two things to watch for if you get around to buying your own: 1. Make sure the film advance is smooth. 2. Have a CLA done by Mark Hama. Mark worked in the Yashica factory so he knows these things like the back of his hand. Oil from the shutter gets on the internal surfaces of the lenses.
    Last edited by magic823; 08-23-2006 at 11:16 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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    I have both a 124 and a 124G. Removed the batteries years ago.

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    I have a 124 and a 12. When Carol Miller did the cla on the 12 I asked her to skip the meter part. I use a Polaris meter that is really basic and simple. It also fits in my pocket. Just developed a few rolls and I'm very pleased. The TLR is my secret favorite camera.

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