Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Yashica Auto Focus Motor

Type: 35 mm programmed shutter EE camera with built in flash unit.
Lens: Yashica Lens 38 mm f/2.8: 4-element, three-lens group composition.
Shutter: Programmed electronic shutter. 1/8 to 1/500/.

I'd never heard of this camera until recently.  Having been introduced in 1980 it is from the same era as the better known Minolta AF, Canon AF35M, and the Nikon L35AF.  And like those cameras it seems to be a quality picture taker.  Pretty much if you are familiar with the other early auto focus point & shoots than the Yashica Auto Focus Motor will hold no surprises.  Its most unique feature is the yellow focus lock button on the front of the camera.  To use the focus lock you place the focus frame over your subject and then press the focus lock button.  You can then re-compose your image and your subject will still come out in focus.

Kirby Firestone in Urbana, Illinois.  I have taken quite a few pictures of this sign over the last few years.

Like most cameras of this sort it seems to do best with 400 ISO films. I used Fuji 400 for the color images in the gallery.  The black & white are with Arista.Edu Premium 400. I can't think of a lot more to say about this camera other then I am impressed enough with it that it will get some regular use as a walking around camera.
Yashica Auto Focus Motor Gallery


  1. Another feature common to this kind of camera is that the autowinder is wake-the-dead loud. Does this camera share this trait?

    1. It is not too bad.I think it is quiet enough that it wouldn't attract attention in most environments.