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    Yashica TLR Cameras.

    What is the difference between the 124 and 124G Cameras?

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    The "G" stands for goldused on the contacts. Other than that, or possibly the light meter, I dont think there's any difference. Both use 120(12), and 220(24) film, both have uncoupled light meters. I may be wrong, but neither one is capable of multiple exposure. Any way, its been years since I've checked either out, I own a Yashica D 120 only, but multi exposure capable , no light meter.
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    How do you like the D?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FM2N View Post
    How do you like the D?
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    I LOVE it -- Its my second one. I bought my first one new in 1969, and ended up swapping it for a motorcycle. I picked up my current one a couple of years ago, and feel the same about it as my wife-its a keeper!!! I shot my best work with TLR's especially with my first. They make you slow down and think about what you are doing, almost as much as a view camera. I love having multiple exposure a big plus, i wish the 124G had this capability, I'd own one of those. The only way I would part with it would be a swap for a Minolta Autocord(unless I found one I could afford). I whole heartedly encourage anyone to get a D and have fun.
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    I think there's a short discussion about 124 Vs. 124G at Karen Nakamura's website photoethnography.com

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    The G uses plastic gears and sounds like a ratchet when you crank it. The 124 uses metal gears and is more solidly built.

    The other difference is that you pay more for the "G".

    Same lens in both.

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    There is a minute difference : the "G" has a sliding pressure plate to switch from 120 to 220, on the "non-G" you need to remove the plate and turn it 90° to do the same...

    Also, but I don't know if this is true of all 124 and 124G : the lines on the ground glass are different. The "G" I have has only 4 lines, seeming to indicate the framing for a 135 film (don't know if there's been a kit for 135 on the 124G) whereas the 124 has more, forming a pattern of squares.

    I like the feeling of the "non G" more, but this could be due to mine having been CLA-ed whereas the G has not been (I bought if for cheap and plan to do this myself, in a leanring process)
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    Thank you all for your replies and explanations. I might look out for a 124 rather than a 124G.

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    124 vs 124g

    [QUOTE=ralnphot;841227] both have uncoupled light meters.

    The meters are coupled on the 12, 124, 124g.

    Also, more plastic external parts on the g model, different cosmetics.
    The gearing and works are the same for the 124 and 124g, the earlier versions tend to be smoother and the end of the g production not so much.
    The same tooling had been used for many years and was beginning to wear. I remember at the time the camera was discontinued Yashica put out a statement to this effect and that re-tooling the plant was not viable.

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    The "Yashinon" lens was considered the best of the Yashica TLR lens (there was a Yashikor and, I think, something else). I believe all the 124s came with that lens but best to verify.

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