My First Yashica TLR!
I have just acquired a truly lovely Yashica 635 after a lengthy and exhausting search for one in pristine condition. I have noticed however, that the dial knobs (aperture/shutter control wheels) don't appear to be original. I believe they are genuine Yashica, just not the right ones for this model; is this correct? Perhaps someone can shed some light on this... were these black plastic radials ever standard equipment on a 635? If they are not original, how difficult would it be to find the correct knobs? Silver ones would look sooooo much nicer! Or would I in fact have to buy another 635 to swap the parts? (Yikes!) Perhaps someone on this fine forum has extra knobs they might consider selling?
I am assuming that a lens hood is quite essential. Are the generic (ie Ebay) plastic ones a fairly suitable substitute, or am I better to pay a rather princely sum to get the real deal? (keeping in mind the fact that my fixed disability pension prevents me from being in the same league as Thurston Howell III)
This camera did not come with a case, and after pricing some online, I am admittedly getting a bit worried. My gosh, I saw some cases for over $200! Any and all advice/tips/suggestions regarding my beautiful new camera would be very much appreciated. This is all very new to me. If there are sources out there for things like dial knobs, cases, filters, hoods, etc, perhaps some of you can pass this info on to me.
As you can well imagine, I am very anxious to start shooting with this gem of a camera. As it is not yet even in my possession, I can only hope that it is mechanically as pristine as its appearance. (I have been assured that yes, it is indeed mechanically mint... though we all know that this may be wishful thinking) I should have it in my hands within a week or so, and I'll report back with my findings. In the meantime, any things in particular that I need to look for?
Finally, I wonder what is considered a fair price for a camera like this. Assuming that it is mechanically fine, what would one generally expect to pay for this? (I paid about $100; included was a complete 35mm kit, hand grip, manuals, original lens cap, cable release, and some other odds and ends)
For the lens hoods, the cheapo plastic ones work well (I used them on a yashica D that I had). IMO a hood is a must.
Any square hood in the Rollei/Yashica Bayonet I size will fit. I think $100 is a really good price for a mechanically sound 635, especially if it includes the 35mm kit, which is usually missing.
Here's a sample listing for a suitable hood, priced too high in my opinion:
I agree with ColdEye about a hood being necessary. Some patient searching on eBay will probably turn up one at a better price.
I had a 635, fine camera, wish I still had it. As long as they work right, I wouldn't care about those black aperture/speed wheels. But that's just me.
As long as the knobs correctly rotate the proper wheel on the camera I would leave well enough alone. Messing with it might cause more problems than it would fix. As long as the motion is relatively smooth LEAVE IT ALONE !!!!
The best price for Bay I hoods on Ebay is from treasuresale- $8.95 plus shipping = 10.90. About the perfect price for the quality.
Or two for a bit less. Doesn't allow for mounting a Bay I filter as it uses the same internal bayonet flange.
Pretty knobs? - If they work and you can make pix with it just use it
What you really need for this camera is film, lots of film and lots of paper and developer and a tripod, L/hood and YG filter
Plastic hood is 100% fine. No difference, as long as it's opaque, fits, and shades the lens. I use one on my 124.
Case is totally not necessary. I got one with mine, removed it, tossed it in the closet, and haven't seen it since. I got a nice little bag made for the digital folks that neatly holds the camera, my Luna-Pro SBC and all the accessories I normally carry plus film. It's the smallest bag in my set of bags except for my digisnapper, and the camera lives in that.
Enjoy. If it's as good as the 124 you'll love it. I love mine.
When I want to travel light, I use a Nova Micro, which can carry my rolleiflex (worked as well with my Yashica some years ago ;-) ) plus some filters and a meter.
As Roger, I got rid of the case almost immediately and never regretted it.
Quite sick with the flu at the moment, but just wanted to post a quick thank-you for your kind replies. Very informative, thanks! More later.
If your spring is any thing like it is here on the west coast,a lens hood is a bit of a waste.I've
got three YashicaMats and have fine pictures without the hood,keeping in mind that I don't shoot
into the sun.I'm with the others here concerning the knobs,if they're secure,leave them be.