|Yashica Mat-124G Medium Format TLR Film Camera w/80mm f/3.5 Lens Kit Excellent|
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|Model||Mat-124G Body Only|
|Film Type||Medium Format|
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The Yashica TLR line of cameras have been used by my family since the early sixties. I was born into the digital world and the film world seemed one that I need not enter, a thing of the past as it was. My world changed when I started to use my father's old Yashica, and I have not picked up my digital camera in quite some time. It certainly requires more work and patients to get the right shot, but the results are very rewarding. The medium format film this camera uses produces just as high a quality result as my digital camera when scanned, and its always exciting to see what the different film choices produce. Granted, the Yashicas European counterpart may have finer glass, but you can get just as good results at a much more affordable price. When you start to find the different lenses, flashes, filters, and other extras, you will realize all you can do with this camera. All in all, I absolutely love this camera and the retro classic and high quality shots it produces. You can see photos taken with this and other Yashica TLR models on Flickr, go there and search Yashica Mat-124G groups and see for yourself. Thousands of Flickr members use this camera and film format. I would also point out that this is in no way an intimidating camera to use. Once you know the controls, which are very basic, you realize the simplicity and genius in its design. They really designed it for anyone at any level of experience to use. This all translates into a very enjoyable camera to use, and to mention, a great conversation piece. I have to add that the only draw back to using this camera is in the developing of the film. I am lucky to have a great local company who does an amazing job at development, but comes at a slightly pricey cost. Between $8 to $25 dollars a roll, but again the quality of prints and scans makes it worthwhile. Give this camera a shot, and I guarantee you'll be bitten by the medium format twin lens reflex bug. Long live film!
The Yashica Mat 124G was my first "real camera" and I still have it and use it.
It was designed following the Rolleiflex design but is slightly lighter, it had a better meter than the Rollei "E" and "F" models. What you don't get is the Rolleiflex quality, the amazing lenses and that magical name on front of the camera.
Being a Medium Format camera, the results you get with is, by far, a lot better than you'll get wih a 35mm camera.
Even that a lot of people said that the Mat124G is the worst of all Yashica's TLR since part of the mechanical system is plastic instead of metal.
Today I have another Yashica (a plain "Mat") and it's noticiably better build.
Anyway, the Mat124 is a very good camera to start the MF adventure and certainly is in another league than all this LOMO cameras, this is a real camera, not a toy.
An affordable alternative for those who would like to start out with medium format. It's pretty well built and feels really sturdy.
The optics are good but of course ain't comparable to the Zeiss on the Rollei. It's really sharp when shoot around F8 and above. However for the price, it's really nothing to complain about.
Compared to the Yashica 124, the 124G gear feels a little course. The older version TLR seems to be more silent and smooth. All in all, it's a nice camera and certainly worth the money .
Camera came with lenses. Camera works perfectly and takes excellent 6x6 pictures. Old film cameras provide a fun that is lost a bit with quick-to-shoot DSLRs. And 6x6 provides 1.5x the resolution of 35mm DSLRs, and 2.25x the resolution of "prosumer" 24mm DSLRs.
Once I got a battery for the camera I found that it works as good as new. Only on my second roll of film & can't wait to shoot more with it.
It arrived with very secure packaging with absolutely no damage to camera. Feel like I've got a real deal for a great vintage camera.