Monday, April 18, 2011

Yashica J-7

I found this amazing set at a local flea market. 
I've seen the camera and the telephoto lens, a few weeks back in there, but the seller asked too much for it, last Saturday he was on a mood to deal and I got a sweet one.

First we negotiated the camera:


Mint, as you can see, with an Yashinon DX 50/1.7, original case, strap, box, manuals...

Then we negotiated the telephoto lens:


A Super Yashinon-R 300/5.5, also in mint condition, with screw-on metal hood, front and back caps and original leather case.

Then he came with the tripod:


Very nice too, no doubt from the same set.
Like new with its carrying pouch.

To close the deal he offered me the speedlite:


It looks like an hair dryer but it's working flawlessly.

The camera:



  • Production year: 1968  
  • Made by: Yashica Co., Ltd., Japan
  • Camera type: Single lens reflex, interchangeable lens, m42 screw mount
  • Film type: 135, 35mm
  • Picture size: 24mm x 36mm
  • Shutter: rubberised cloth focal plane
  • Shutter speeds: 1-1/1000 and B
  • Exposure meter: non TTL, top plate mounted CdS with top window readout
  • Battery: PX625, for meter only, easily substituted by a 675 air-zinc.
  • PC sync:  two on the left side of the lens mount for X and FP
  • Self-timer: 10 seconds delay
  • Lens: M42 screw mount Auto Yashinon DX 50mm 1:1.7
  • Filter size: 52mm
  • Weight: Body 700g, with Yashinon normal lens 900g


On the left, by the rewind crank, you can see the light meter readout window.
The film speed is affixed by turning the knurled button.
The white button is the battery test, if the battery is good, when the button is pressed the needle will jump to the left.
The aperture scale is coupled to the shutter speed dial, so to take a reading the camera must be pointed to the subject, as the black button is pressed the needle indicates the correct aperture, then that value must be transferred to the aperture ring in the lens.

The telephoto lens:



 Super Yashinon-R 300/5.5

  • Lens: 300 mm f 1:5.5
  • Element: 2 group, 4 element
  • Angle of view:
  • Mount: m42 screw
  • Smallest aperture: 32
  • Focus range: 8m ~ ∞
  • Filter diameter: 62 mm
  • Diaphragm: Pre-set

The tripod:

You can see it in the pictures above.
  • Aluminium made
  • Telescopic legs, three extensions
  • 3D head
The speedlite:





Yashica Quick-Lite Pro-100

In the middle shot you can see two buttons, the left button selects AC or DC power. The right one is for a flash discharge.
As I told you above the speedlite might be AC or DC powered.
If you choose AC there's that long cord that you have to plug to a wall socket.
If DC is used you must load eight AA batteries, four on each side of the battery container.


The boxed speedlite with all the accessories, including the bracket to attach it to the bottom of the camera.


Here it is mounted in the bracket and attached to the camera.

I have a Fujichrome Velvia 100 loaded in the camera, so we will see what kind of results it can produce soon.

Stay tuned (o;



    1. Vandoma?
      Nah... can't be...


    2. @grouchomarx:
      Yes it was.
      Seldom you find some sweet deals in there.

    3. @RaúlM
      Did it fall off the back of a truck?

    4. @grouchomarx:
      If it was a newer model I would think that it was the case (o;

    5. love it got one just like it bought it on r&r 1966 ? overseas