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I think I mentioned a while ago that I had bought a box of random cameras and junk off eBay, but I don’t think I ever went into detail about what was in it. It was one of those auctions where the seller didn’t really know what they were selling, and only included one crappy picture of the entire lot, so you just have to guess at the contents. And let me tell you, I love shit like that. I’m a sucker for a box of crap any day of the week.
I paid about $50 for this particular box of crap, and the reason I did is in the picture above. I thought I could make out a Yashica in the pile, and decided to take a risk. Well, the box of crap came, and inside was the Yashica C, a little battered and flakey, but still – as far as I can tell – in quite good working condition.
The main two problems with the Yashi was that its lenses were dirty (easily solved with lens cleaning fluid) and that its leatherette was flaking off. The fact that it was shipped on a frighteningly cold day, and I immediately opened up the box and started handling the Yashica didn’t help either. Leatherette flaked off like dandruff. After some searching through my fabric for something appropriate, careful cutting, and a hefty amount of Gorilla glue, the Yashica C was turned into this:
Much better. When you get up close to it, you can see the imperfect job I did applying the vinyl, but it at least is an improvement. I consider it my Mad Men camera.
I loaded it up with some Rollei film that I’m trying to burn through (it’s really curly and is a pain in my ass to scan). Unfortunately, the crappy weather has precluded me from shooting many pics with it. I have limited motivation to go outside and be cold. I’ve taken a few inside shots… I’m up to maybe frame #6? What I do know is that if the pictures turn out good, I’m going to sell the Rolleicord. I like shooting pictures with the Yashica so much more than I did with the Rolleicord. The Yashica just seems a lot more intuitive. I’m sure that means I’m going to lose money on the Rolleicord, but serves me right, I guess. I think I got a deal on the Yashica, so maybe that will make up for it.
Also in my box of crap were two box cameras and an Argus Brick. It’s my first Brick. Hopefully, it’ll be my last one, too. It looks cool, but it’s a nightmare of a camera to work. You have to do about 80 steps and know the magic word and do a little dance before you take a picture. I loaded it up with a roll 12 exposure Fujicolor, but once I burn through the roll I’m going to eBay it. It seems like they’ve been going for between $10-$15 or so on eBay – maybe I’ll make some money.
The two box cameras were kind of interesting, although I’ve already sold one, just because I didn’t think I was ever going to use it. The pictures of the girls in bathing suits from the last post came from a camera in this lot, the Brownie six-20. This was the camera that was made in England. The other camera is an Ansco Craftsman, I think. It takes 120 film, so I may give it a go. I think this camera was actually sold in kits for people to put together themselves, which is kind of cool.
The box of crap also came with a bunch of filters and misc. weird shit. There’s a really heavy tripod which is probably circa 1940s in there. I don’t know what I’m going to do with that – maybe throw it in with the Argus when I sell it.
Anyway, back to the Yashica. I so like the way the Yashica works that I just splurged on another eBay auction. I got the notion in my noggin yesterday that I really, really wanted a nice 127 camera. Travis got me all that infrared Efke 127 film for Christmas, and I want something I can put a red filter on to take full advantage of the film. So, I started looking up Yashica 44s, which is Yashica’s TLR camera for 127 film. I almost bought one for $65 – it was a Buy It Now auction – but held back, only to be rewarded today by stumbling across an auction for “2 camers, Yoshica and Fujica.” Turned out that the Yoshica camer (and yes, I’m spelling it the way it was spelled in the auction) was actually a Yashica 44LM, which is the highest end model of the Yashica 44. I wound up winning that auction for a little over $16. True, I have no idea if the camera works or not, but I’d rather take a shot on something for $16 rather than $65.
Hoping the weather warms up soon so I can actually go out and take pictures with these cameras instead of just sitting around the house accumulating more of them…