Friday, August 13, 2010

A camera for the case

One of the very first cameras of my collection, coming from €bay was the Yashica Mat-124

 Yashica Mat-124 (6)

After I bought it I found, in the same market, a beautiful case, in black leather, like new.
I won the auction.
When  the case arrived, it was beautiful, it smelt almost new.
I piked up the camera to fit it to the case, but it didn't. Although the size was right, the holes were all in the wrong places.

Back to the web, looking for all the TLR Yashicas, I found that the only one with the knobs in the right places was the 635.

I contacted the seller and explained the situation. He was confused and assured me he was in good faith. Asked me to keep the case, it wasn't worth returning, while he was going to find me the right case.
What he did, he found me a well battered light brown case to my Mat-124

Yashica Mat-124
and send it to me only for the P&P price.

As I told him at the time, he was not being my friend, he was feeding my GAS.
Having the case, I had to have the camera for it.

Back to the Bay, I got a 635, announced as in very good condition and with a complete 35mm kit*.

I won the auction. It came from Lahore, Pakistan.

Yashica 635 (1)
*The Yashica 635 operates with 120 or 135 film, if equipped with the kit.

With the case it looks new but it must have photographed a zillion marriages, back home.
The knobs were worn, the corners rubbed, but everything was working.

Yashica 635 (2)Yashica 635 (6)

At a first inspection, I noticed that the sports finder mask for 35mm was missing.
Once again I contacted the seller who promised to get me the missing part.
Time was passing and no news from Lahore.
I decided to test the camera and making a close inspection I discovered a fungi infection on the taking lens.
That's when I contacted the seller again, who offered me a great reduction in the price, which I accepted.
All in all it wasn't a bad deal.

And I got a camera for the case ...

Stay tuned (o;


  1. wow! very nice story. I bought a camera body for my lens and finder of a broken camera, Exakta Varex IIa to VX500, but I never think to buy a camera for a case :) I suppose that I am a cameraholic but you are in the extreme point :))
    We have some parallel photographic history. Like you, I left the film from 2004 to 2010. Then, I reach a point of view that digital is not true photography. Nowadays I only use it for macro photos of my cactus and camera collections !.. My last digital is Fuji S9600, like you also. When I decide to back film, I choose my old Nikon F801. But, the 35 seems very routin and familiar. So, I go to the 120 with Rolleiflex (1947) which I found in an Ebay like market in Turkey. It is a pleasure to use it. Then a Leica (1951), and then a Voigtlander Bessa (1935)and 60 more !...
    The disease is incurable nowadays.
    Your blog is very nice and I read it time to time.
    Best wishes

  2. Thank you Süleiman.

    This step forward, back to film, allowed me to have cameras that I could only dream of, in their production time. Some others that I didn't even knew they existed, like this 635, the case was an excuse to buy one.
    It's a pleasure to clean, adjust, in some cases, bring them back to life, and then load them with film and go out shooting.

  3. these stories is very similar to mine. we all have common disease LOL

  4. I am reading you guys posting here and it looks like i am not the only one with the disease!

    The bug bit when i got a Debonair 120 film toy plastic camera in a church basement sale. Since then, i have restarted doing black and white film photography after almost 20 years of being away from it.

    I now have a growing collection of mostly 35 mm cameras and lenses which i have either got on ebay or someone has given me. I just got a pristine working and looking yashica mat from 1969 according to some sources online. I am currently looking for a case to protect it since it is so gorgeous looking i almost dont even want to touch it!

    A friend gave me a rolleicord (first version from around 1936) as a token of appreciation since i helped him salvage a Koni Omega which he tought was dead. I am in the proccess of cleaning the shutter of the rolleicord.

    Anyways gentlemen enjoy the ride and have tons of fun with these wonderful pieces of machinery!

    Grretings from Montreal Canada!