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    Very odd Yashicaflex!

    Hello everyone,

    I just received my Yashicaflex TLR in the mail. This is an odd camera, amd I can't find a manual for it. Here's a description:

    Yashimar 80mm lens, with a copal shutter @ f 3.5.

    Cold shoe on left hand side

    Film is loaded from the bottom by swinging a hinge to the side then popping open the bottom.

    On the back, there is no frame count finder of any kind.

    There are only knobs on the side, no cranks.

    The name plate only says: "Yashicaflex".

    Stamp date is Jan 26, 1957 - serial number is 90822.

    What camera is this, and how will I know what frame I am on?

    Richard

    PS. Paid about $100 for this camera.

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    Is there a red window through which the number on the paper backing can be read?

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    Is there no red window (possibly with a cover) on the back?

    Does this link help?

    http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Yash...nd_Yashicaflex
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    Red window. Manual winding, keep winding until the next film number is in the window, it won't stop anywhere, you have to stop at the right time.
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    If it's like my yashica-c, the frames are counted in a window above the focusing knob on the right. Film is advanced by pressing the button on the other big knob and rotating the knob to wind the film. Let go of the button as it starts to advance, and it locks back into place when it gets to the next frame. Yashica TLRs are nice cameras to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockend View Post
    Is there a red window through which the number on the paper backing can be read?
    No such window, at all. I can post pictures if anyone is interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp498 View Post
    If it's like my yashica-c, the frames are counted in a window above the focusing knob on the right. Film is advanced by pressing the button on the other big knob and rotating the knob to wind the film. Let go of the button as it starts to advance, and it locks back into place when it gets to the next frame. Yashica TLRs are nice cameras to use.
    This has solved the problem for the window - Thank you! I was expecting a red window on the back. Now, the window reads 1... What is the best way to reset it? There is no film inside.

    Also, does anyone have any idea what model Yashica this is?

    Mattking: I was on that website earlier, and none of them matched the description of my camera. The closest was the Yashica A, but it seems to have features of the Yashica-C as well.

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    I thought the early ones had a red window. The C and D instead have a counter on the side but I didn't think they were that old.

    Post some pics please...
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    To be clear, 120 roll film has a paper backing which protects it from daylight. There's plenty of paper leader so it's nerve wracking the first time you load up, with arrows and dashes coming through while you crank the advance until the magic number 1 appears in the window. Flick the cover over if it has one until you advance to frame 2, and so on. When you've finished keep winding until all the film is on the take up spool and lick the gummed strip to seal, ensuring the paper backing and film is in a nice tight roll.

    Roll film has numbers at different heights to register 6 x 9cm, 6 x 8, 6 x 7, 6 x 6, 6 x 4.5 (or should have!).

    edit: looks like you solved things

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