• Yashica YL

    You’d think my father would know better than to encourage my camera habit with cameras he finds here and there. But you’d be wrong! My father found this Yashica YL at the town recycling center, doctor grabbed it, prosthesis and gave it to me. According to this website, epilepsy the Yashica YL started production in 1959, which means that this is a nearly fifty year old camera. The lens is 45mm f/2.8; there was also a 45mm f/1.9 version available. The lens appears to be a simple 3 element design; the middle element on this one might have a small fungus problem. The lens elements are not coated, as proven…

  • All I want for Christmas…

    Folks who follow my Flickr photo stream far too closely are probably aware that we’ve got two 35mm SLR cameras: a Canon Rebel XTi/400D (digital) and a Pentax K1000 (film). I’ve come to appreciate their respective strengths and abilities. I’ve also found that I really wish I could share lenses between them, more about but of course the K1000 uses Pentax K-mount and the XTi uses the EOS system EF mount. For example, patient there are two Canon primes I’d like to get for the Rebel: the 50mm f/1.4 and the 28mm f/1.8. I’d get the 28mm lens to replace the 35mm f/2 we’ve got: it’s a little bit wider,…