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    I ordered a Yashica FX 70... why did I do that..?

    Been working a lot, not actually doing much photography. Spent a few moments each week pondering old/used film equipment, sort of low-burning GAS. Went from Leica R, to Contax, to deciding to invest in more lenses for Nikon (I have a couple of film cameras, plus Fuji S3 digital). Whilst on a long weekend break in north of Scotland, I stopped by ffordes. And walked out of there with Bronica ETRSi. Thought that was the end of that.

    But yesterday I placed an order for a Yashica FX 70. Comes with the 50mm f2 lens. Some convoluted, nonsensical plan of mine - since Yashica takes c/y mount lenses, I can later pick up a Contax 167MT, and those cameras share lenses. Of course, I should have just ordered a Contax and a Zeiss lens, but this way I've managed to stretch out the camera hoarding impulse.

    I haven't found much info on this camera - anyone actively shooting Yashica SLRs?

    I somehow doubt there is much to say about the camera except I can use Zeiss glass on it. I'm scanning forums now for Zeiss lens recommendation. The wife is just telling me to let it all go, spend a bundle on a used Leica M6 and couple of lenses, and just end it. But that would mean end of hoarding...

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    Don't feel bad. I just bought an RTS II when I already have an RX and RTS. I'm much sicker than you. (also bought an F3 not long ago when I already have an FM2, I love the 60's Nikkor glass for b&w). Sometimes when you see a great deal you jump.
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    Not only are they are great M42 and Contax/Yashica lens holders, but they're actually very good light tight boxes too! I understand that the FR was a C/Y joint development.





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    If you wanna go crazy the C/Y Zeiss 85 1.4
    I only have the 50 1.4 so far for my 159mm

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    "I'm much sicker than you" - Well, having 3 Contax cameras seems more commendable than sick.

    That FR looks like the business. I received The FX 70 today; it's new old stock. A light camera, feels good in the hand, the controls a bit lightweight (the shutter control with the little plastic lock is fiddly), but the viewfinder is bright and clear.

    ffordes has a few contax mm lenses for sale, but none of the faster ones. A 35mm f2.8 - a focal length I like but since I already use some fixed-lens rangefinders, a longer focal length may be the ticket. I enjoyed shooting Konica AR 135 3.2 - lovely rendition, but usually too long for most work. I'll have to find out more about the 35mm, 50mm, and portrait choice of Contax lenses. I'm not hung up on very fast lenses for the SLRs.

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    Of course, I meant ISO control, not shutter control - it is an AE camera. And dang, it does seem a bit flimsy. The leatherette has already rubbed off in a couple of places. I'll put it to good use soon though, and give general impressions etc. - not a lot on Yashica's out there.

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    In that case you might try to get a 85mm 2.8 sonnar. very compact and very sharp...

    jaapjan

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    Looks like a great camera!

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    The FX-70 is the same camera as the FX-D Quartz, if I recall, and is a cousin of the Contax 139. And don't sell the ML 50/2 lens short, it is a fine performer for an every-day lens. The flaky leatherette is common to most Contax and Yashica cameras, but it is very easy to replace the covering with a kit from http://www.cameraleather.com

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    Now what everyone needs is an FX-3 for after the nuclear holocaust. Fully mechanical discounting the meter battery. And the whole great array of fantastic lenses fit it.
    Michael Batchelor
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    The camera catches light. The photographer catches life.

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