I picked it up for $45. Lens has some thin scratches, the X/M lever is broken, the name plate is a bit loose, and the shutter is a bit slow. Focus is working, body is in good condition, and it winds and stuff! :D I haven't tested out the meter yet since I need to get a new battery cap. The shutter speeds tend to be consistently a BIT slower than normal. The half second ends up like 3/4ths second, the 1/4ths second ends up like 3/8ths second. The 1 second speed is the one that's REALLY messed up. It consistently gives me about 1.5 seconds, but sometimes it goes super fast and sometimes it sounds like the timer gets stuck and goes for like 4 seconds. I did get quoted on a CLA for $85 dollars in a local shop and I think I might take that offer after a few rolls. And thanks a bunch for all the help and advice guys!
Ran a roll through it. Just noticed the film counter is broken and it doesn't stop when you wind it. So I kinda just wound through a whole role of film. The winding is also squeaky. I guess I'll take it somewhere to have it quoted. Otherwise, I guess I just bought myself a nice paperweight! :D
I was! But I forgot... big mistake.. And I did call the guy back, not to return it, but just to ask if he knew about the problem. He told me some weird thing about changing the pressure plate (This is a Yashica-24) and hung up....
Originally Posted by johnielvis
But I guess we all learn from mistakes!
Do not make another mistake: unless your "local shop" that quoted you $85 for a CLA works on TLRs and does so a lot send it elsewhere. Or you can likely add that $85 to the money you already wasted paying for a broken Yashica. Adds up fast.
Being cheap is always more expensive in the end. Pay more to get a good camera from a reliable source and pay more to get it worked on from a proven well-known TLR repair person. It cost more but is much less expensive....
Does the camera use a film sensor to operate the counter? And, if it does was the film loaded properly?
Squeaky is normal for other yashica tlr's
The shutter may improve by working it.
Can you tell I don't know Jack about this camera?
On my 124, there is a lateral shaft (side to side) with a gear on the left end underneath the takeup spool. The gear (and therefore the shaft) is turned by the rotating film on the takeup spool. I believe - but am not certain - that this shaft operates the film counter. Because it's operated by the film it's, in effect, measuring distance along the length of the film and is therefore not impacted by diameter of the film on the takeup spool.
If I'm right on this, the issue could be with lack of contact between this gear and the film. Not likely (more likely an issue internal to the wind mechanism) but worth a look.
Regarding the $85 CLA, what does that include? My guess is that it is for a CLA of the lens/shutter and won't address your issue. So verify. If $130 ($85 + 45) gets you a properly serviced and functioning TLR, you're still OK.
But based on a estimate for a 124G I got a few years back, Mark Hama charges something around $175 (going from memory, so don't quote me on this) for a CLA. However he goes through the entire camera and provides a warranty. He probably does charge a premium, but I'd say most of the difference is due to the scope of work.
Alternatively, you might try reselling it as a parts/repair camera. There are a few "repair hobbyists" out there will to pay $20-40 for the camera. You can try here on apug or on the Favorite Classics repair forum (http://www.kyphoto.com/cgi-bin/forum/discus.cgi). You might even find DIY instructions there.