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|Loved by amateurs and professional alike, the point-and-shoot Kyocera Yashica T4 camera ensures ease of operation for users of any level. Capture excellent quality pictures with the integrated Carl Zeiss Tessar 35 mm lens of this Kyocera film camera. Explore more creative options with the 4 elements in 3 groups lens construction of this Kyocera 35 mm camera. With automatic exposure, this Kyocera film camera automatically calculates and adjusts exposure settings to match (as closely as possible) the subject’s tone. The Infrared active multi-autofocus system of this Kyocera 35 mm camera intelligently adjusts the focus to obtain a sharper focus on the subject. Get into your family photograph with the self-timer LED of the Kyocera Yashica T4 camera.|
|Camera Type||Point and Shoot|
|Focal Length||28 mm - 70 mm|
|Battery Type||1 x 3V Lithium Battery|
|Number of Focusing Points||5|
|Minimum Focus Distance||1.6 ft.|
|Shutter Speed||120 to 1/360 sec|
|ISO Range - Automatic Setting||ISO 50 - 200|
|Manual Shooting Modes||Program Shift|
|Light Metering Modes||Center Weighted|
|Flash Recycling Time||10 sec|
|Red Eye Reduction||With Red Eye Reduction|
|Flash Guide Number||12|
|Dioptric Adjustment Range||-3 to 1|
|Film Auto Transport||Loading, Mid Reload, Rewind|
|Viewfinder Frame Coverage||80%|
|Automatic Shooting Mode||Night|
|Included Accessories||Remote Control|
|Additional Features||Auto Exposure, Panorama, Self Timer, Zoom Lens|
Average review score based on 15 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
Picture quality when using good film exceeds most digital cameras under $2000.
Best results so far were from Kodak Tri-X 400 B&W, Fuji Velvia 100 color reversal, Kodak 400 Portra.
Depth of field is full-frame, same as 5Dmk2. Zeiss 35/3.5 lens is unbelievable.
Fits in your pocket, very few controls, point & shoot, very easy, many shots are very well exposed & focussed, a few misses.
If shooting film without a zoom lens fits your lifestyle, this is the ultimate pocket camera.
The Yashica T4 is one of those all too rare consumer cameras that strives to be something more, and succeeds. Yashica marketed and priced the T4 as a low-end consumer camera, $130 for the first version of the T4 when introduced in 1992 (the T4 Super was later introduced in 1996). However, its multi-coated Carl Zeiss T* lens, fixed at 35mm, proved that this point & shoot camera could produce photographs that were anything but "low-end." The Japanese made, compact 35mm camera consistently performs as well as cameras priced 3 and 4 times as high. The T4's merging of quality with affordability was no accident though... well, maybe it was depending on how you look at it. It was one of those rare moments in capitalist history when a business venture benefited the consumer almost as much as it benefited company.
Leading up to 1973, Carl Zeiss had been producing lenses of unmatched quality for professional cameras, produced by companies like Rollei and Hasselblad. However, like any well run business, Carl Zeiss was looking for a way to grow, and a successful line of cameras was the way to do it. So in '73, Zeiss approached Yashica of Japan, a brand with a reputation for producing cameras of decent quality, but also perceived as a cheap brand. At the time, most would have thought that this partnership would have prevented the venerable lens maker from accomplishing it's goal of expansion, but Yashica's newly engineered electronic shutters were enough for Zeiss to overlook the Japanese camera maker's public image. Yashica began producing SLR cameras for Zeiss under the Contax name. Fast forward to 1992, Yashica introduced the pocket sized T4, sporting a 35mm f/3.5 multi-coated Carl Zeiss T* lens that outperformed every camera in its class, and will continue to for decades to come.
Sadly, Yashica (owned by parent company Kyocera since 1983) discontinued its production of the Yashica T4 Super in 2002. Despite rumors that Yashica's halt in production of the T4 was due to a dispute between the two companies that resulted in Zeiss pulling Kyocera's license to produce their lenses, the truth of the matter is much less dramatic. With the onslaught of digital in the 2000's, Kyocera decided to pull the plug on producing cameras altogether and started chasing money in different directions... one being the production of solar energy systems in Arizona.
So what's the moral of this story? Treat your T4's well, because they are an endangered species that are, unfortunately, incapable of reproducing.
I have the European T5 version, which is identical to the domestic T4. The Zeiss lens produces very sharp and sparklingly photos with accurate color rendition. Auto exposure and focusing are usually spot-on. I use it when I don't want to worry about taking a more expensive camera (like my Contax T3) to locations like the beach, the pool or when mountain climbing. With the weatherproofing, you have a high-performance, worry-free, go-anywhere camera that fits in your shirt pocket. I get best results with Kodak Max 400 film. The only caveat is with the sensitive shutter button, when you press halfway to freeze the focus and exposure. But once mastered the shutter delay is nil and it puts all those digital cameras with their shutter lag to shame.
I purchased this camera when I worked for a local camera seller in Portland, OR a few years back. The pictures that this point and shoot takes often rivaled those taken with my digital. Very clear and crisp, and the camera is so small and lightweight. The Carl Zeiss gives a pinpoint sharpness and a very natural color balance. I love the automatic backlight compensation, it makes shooting in darker or difficult conditions much easier. The best point and shoot that I've ever used by far.
Great little camera. Zeiss lens is great for a P&S. Nice looking and pretty compact camera. Quiet enough. The flash is OK too. A little red eye, but that comes with all P&S cameras. I'm coming from the Olympus Stylus Wide 28-80 (Made in Japan) which was a great camera. I wore it out. The Yashica is the closest thing I could find. Image quality is great for a P&S. Very happy with this camera. It'll be my fall back and travel camera when I can't travel with an SLR.