UPDATE: Did Yashica Just Tell Kickstarter Backers That They’ll Need to Pay More to Get Their Cameras?

Photographers are very, very angry with Yashica right now.

The story of Yashica is one of an underdog riding on the sympathies of many people. But they probably just made one of the biggest mistakes in Kickstarter history. The company told backers earlier this year that their cameras and the production was being delayed. The reason: they wanted to make a better product. Fair enough, I guess. So instead of May 2018 we were supposed to receive our cameras at the end of July, which is now. I say “we” because I personally am a backer, and to that end, I’m the source of this news. Today, we received the weirdest and perhaps most perplexing update ever.

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Yashica Demonstrates New digiFilm Styles in July Kickstarter Update

Yashica is coming back thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, and they are now demonstrating what their digiFilm can do.

You may recall last year when Yashica burst back onto the scene with some vague teases regarding a return to the camera market. After several weeks it was revealed, through the launch of a Kickstarter campaign, that Yashica was coming back to the camera market in an interesting way. Instead of launching just another digital camera, and rather than launching some sort of advanced modern film camera, the company revealed their plan to base their new camera on something they were calling digiFilm. Continue reading…

The Yashica digiFilm Y35 Camera Gets Final Design Tweaks

YASHICA is finally done applying tweaks to the design of the controversial digiFilm Y35 Camera

After going through several key updates, YASHICA has announced in their latest Kickstarter backer update that the design of the digiFilm Y35 Camera has been finalized. While the tweaks are minor, they are all done to enhance the feel of the controversial, film-inspired camera and make it more faithful to the original.

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The Yashica digiFilm Camera Gets Delay in Part Due to Optics Refinement

The Yashica digiFilm Camera everyone gawked at is delayed

I’m sure that no one can forget about the great photography bait and switch of 2017: the Yashica digiFilm Camera. It teased something analog film photographers drooled for and became really excited about. But when announced, it left analog photographers really angry and digital photographers cackling with laughter. To add a bit more salt to the wound, news has come that the camera is getting a delay. While some may be willing to quickly blame this on a Chinese company and how so many cheap products just seem to fall apart, that isn’t really the case. In the company’s latest Kickstarter Update, quite the opposite is the case. The Yashica digiFilm Camera is getting even more refinement.

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The Yashica Y35 DigiFilm Camera Is Most Likely Getting a Bigger Sensor

The Yashica Y35 is being finely tuned to make it a better camera

I wasn’t so sure it would actually happen, but it indeed really is: the Yashica Y35 digifilm camera will most likely get a bigger sensor. In a Kickstarter update, Yashica announced that they figured out a way to give the camera a bigger sensor and a better lens. These are some of the things backers wanted. Indeed, Yashica is answering the call, but perhaps not in the way everyone wanted.

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Yashica Electro 35: The Yashica Camera You Should Buy Today

The Yashica Electro 35 is something more like what many photographers were hoping for

One good thing that the heat of the Yashica digiFILM brouhaha has brought would probably be a renewed love or interest for the Yashica cameras of the previous decades. One such camera is the Yashica Electro 35, a rangefinder line that that is still sought after and loved by beginners and long-time film photographers today.

The Yashica Electro 35 GSN (chrome) and GTN (black) models have been particularly popular with the analog resurgence, but they were the last models introduced by Yashica in 1973. All the Electro 35 cameras came with a coupled and fixed f1.7 45mm lens. The Electro 35 GSN was particularly thrust into the limelight when it made an appearance as Peter Parker’s camera in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

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The Yashica Y35 Officially Gets An Upgrade to an F2 Lens

They did it! The Yashica Y35 is getting an upgrade

Good news for backers of the Yashica Y35 camera–it’s getting a lens upgrade. The new lens is something that the company announced would be possible after hitting a specific stretch goal and on top of that they’re adding in what they’re calling a 4G lens. We’re not exactly sure what that means and the comments on the update shows equal amounts of confusion as well.

At this point, if you were complaining about the camera, there really is less reasons to do so now–especially at the stupid low price point.

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The Yashica Y35 Digital Camera Could Come With a Metal Body and a Larger Sensor

The Yashica Y35 has been receiving a whole lot of traction and updates as of late, with the team behind the project being very responsive to comments and to backers. But recently, they’ve taken a short break due to some further developments. After announcing their stretch goal of getting the camera’s lens to f2, they also announced in a recent Kickstarter update that the camera may have a metal body and that they’re exploring the possibility of a larger camera sensor. These are some of the things a lot of photographers have been complaining about, and I honestly feel that if the camera had an APS-C or full frame sensor but still used the DigiFilm format then less people would be complaining on the internet about a product they haven’t yet tried.

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If the Yashica Y35 DigiFilm Camera Gets HK$ 9M, The Lens Will Be Upgraded to F2

Well, the Yashica Y35 DigiFilm Camera is improving for sure!

In a recent Kickstarter update announced by Yashica, their Yashica Y35 digiFilm camera is getting an upgrade as per what’s being mandated by their stretch goal. According to the update, the cameras are being updated from f2.8 lenses to f2 equivalents; and this will only happen if they reach HK$ 9,000,000. They’re honestly not far off from that goal as it is. For photographers who shoot in lower lit situations, this is fantastic news. It also just makes sense as the sensor is about the size of a traditional digital point and shoot camera’s yet the lens is superseded by optics made for phones in some ways. But now that the lens is being upgraded to f2, there’s a lot more going for it.

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Sad News: The New Yashica DigiFilm Camera is a Major Let Down

All images taken from the New Yashica DigiFilm Camera Kickstarter

Here we were thinking that the announcement of the new Yashica camera would be a life changing and super amazing competitor of some sort to something like the Fujifilm X100F; but instead it has to be one of the biggest letdowns of this year. Before I start off, it isn’t the Yashica 35 GSN Electro. The Yashica Kickstarter recently launched and the new camera is, well, cool in some ways and completely heartbreaking in other ways. Let’s start with the cool: it’s called the Yashica DigiFilm camera and uses an interesting interchangeable digital film system where you have to buy different types of films to get different types of looks. Some of them are ISO 200 color, some are black and white ISO 400, and then there is 1600 which Yashica is saying is the grainiest option. So far that sounds really cool and puts very fun limitations on the shooter, which makes photography truly fun again–there’s even a winding lever!

But then your heart breaks.

Correction: The campaign was updated to say a 14MP sensor.

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Legendary Camera Brand Yashica Teases Comeback

Image screen capture from the Yashica video. Credit to Yashica. 

If you know anything about photography from before the digital age, then chances are you have seen or at least heard of Yashica. The legendary camera brand has not been around for some time, but if a recent tease and website launch is any indication – that will soon be changing. Continue reading…

Gabe Scalise: Everyday Adventures in Analog Film Photography

All images by Gabe Scalise. Used with permission.

Photographer Gabe Scalise hails from Seattle, Washington, and has a particular affinity for analog film photography. He attributes this to growing up in New England and an uncle posthumously leaving a 35mm Pentax SLR camera along with a handful of lenses. “From there I began to experiment with polaroid and medium format film formats and always found the most inspiration in exploring natural and wild places, traveling internationally, and in meeting and interacting with diverse people along the way,” Gabe tells the Phoblographer in an email. “These travels and experiences, along with my love for cinema, have driven my work to what it is today wherein I seek to reflect on quiet moments of understanding, wonder, awe, and magic in our wild and diverse world.” Like most other film photographers, Gabe expresses that his love of analog photography is tied to his love of people.

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How to Get into Film Photography on the Cheap

Film photography isn’t at all dead; in fact it’s evolving. What’s seemingly disappearing in terms of push and effort on behalf of the more traditional brands isn’t exactly so. The younger generation of photographers embrace the format as a way of trying something completely new that they didn’t really get a chance to use growing up. It’s a departure from the digital world that gets caught up in all the technical jargon and can easily blur the idea of art.

Film can also be an incredible learning tool if used correctly and can also give you lots of really cool and experimental uses with the right mentality. But you’re trying to get into film without breaking the bank, then here’s how.

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Meet One of the Weirdest Cameras You’ll Ever See: the Yashica Dental Eye

When it comes to weird cameras, they were surely made during the film days. And if anything is to be believed, the Yashica Dental Eye series had to be one of the strangest and most specialized cameras out there. It was quite literally a fixed lens camera with macro capabilities and a built-in ring flash.

So why was it called the Dental Eye? Ring flashes were originally developed for dentists who needed to shoot photos of teeth and other ailments of the mouth and needed direct lighting. The ring flash was developed to solve this problem and worked for many years. But then photographers started to use them for macro shooting and eventually for portraits to get that signature ring in someone’s eyes.

According to the Analog photographer when talking about the first version:

“Almost everything is automatic, which is not necessarily a bad thing, as it turned out from my first tests: you can only select whether you activate the flash or use ambient light only (you can also set flash under/overexposure by 1 stop). But there is no flash TTL metering. Instead, it has a simple yet brilliant solution-the flash output remains constant while the aperture gets smaller as the reproduction ratio gets higher. Two problems are solved this way (may be even three, considering the high reflectance of teeth): the photos are always correctly exposed, regardless of shooting distance, and the compensation of the diminishing depth of field. Genial, isn’t it?”

This camera can shoot incredible images in the hands of a skilled photographer and with the right film, the original camera had a 55mm f4 lens while the later versions had a 100mm f4 offering.

Talk about weird, huh?

Yashica Mobile Digital Microscope MS-01 With 500X Zoom is Now Available

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If you search for the name Yashica on our blog, old film cameras come up . When I saw the news that Yashica is still making cameras, I was in shock. At least, the name is still being used. The latest camera is a palm-sized digital microscope. This particular camera  was recently released by SAMURAI MARKETING INC. It has a 2.7 inch monitor, a 5MP sensor, a 5mm -50mm focal length and built-in LED lights. This new camera has a 500x zoom capability and is meant for a niche market.

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EBay and the Thrill of Finding New Love in Old Cameras

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It was in late January that something whispered in my ear, “Hey, link your PayPal and your eBay account.” The thought had never occurred to me before. Don’t ask. Sometimes, I miss the most obvious things. Anyway, the moment my two accounts merged was both brilliant and harrowing. Brilliant in that my purchases wouldn’t affect my bank account, and harrowing in that I couldn’t stop once I began combing the listings for vintage rangefinders. I’ve always had a fondness for old cameras of Yashica’s ilk, but I’d never owned one. With a side pot of cash and eBay’s endless treasure trove at my finger tips, it was only a matter of time before a ’70s era rangefinder would join my family.

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What’s in the Bag? The Felix Esser Edition

Missing here: Panasonc G1 + Lumix 20/1.7 + Rokinon flash (as I used these to take the picture)

I’ve had my fair share of cameras, both digital and analog, in recent years. Which is both good and bad. Good, because I learned a lot about photography — both from the technical as well as the artistical standpoint –, and bad, because at times I found myself in a constant loop of buying and selling. I spent a lot of money on different pieces of equipment, just to sell it with loss afterwards. And while searching for that one, perfect, ultimate camera kit, I figured something out. It’s not the gear that makes you happy. It’s the pictures you take. So I made a rather bold decision, namely to sell my beloved Leica M8. Not because it didn’t take good pictures, or because I didn’t enjoy using, but because I figured that I didn’t need such an expensive piece of technology to take great pictures. Quite on the contrary, in fact. What, then, is in my bag now? Read on to find out!

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Affordable Film Rangefinder Cameras

Check them out: forum after forum will be plagued by people asking for affordable rangefinder cameras. Indeed, these cameras have always been surrounded in a certain mystique and many are curious about and yearn for the simplicity that comes with shooting one. Personally, I trained myself on a Leica CL, and the skills and style I developed during that period have stuck with me even into my DSLR shooting and now mirrorless shooting styles. In fact, they’ve even become apparent in my use of strobes.

In the end, once you train yourself or learn how to use a rangefinder, you’ll develop a special courage and learn new skills that will teach you to only become a better photographer. If you don’t want to break the bank while doing so, here are a list of affordable rangefinders to keep your eyes out for.

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Review: Yashica Electro 35 GSN (The Poor Man’s Rangefinder)

The Yashica Electro 35 GSN is a rangefinder camera that I personally purchased and that has been a dear love of mine since for street photography. After testing the Leica M9, M7 and the Fuji X100 (though the last is not a rangefinder), there were a number of reasons why I made the purchase. Besides the affordable cost combined with sharp lens, wonderful metering, and ease of use, the camera is built to last. But is it for everyone?

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