I stumbled upon this blue blocky Yashica compact on eBay and decided to shell out more than my normal 20 buck limit since it had a f/3.2 lens. As usual, the seller was very kind and personable, and I left the transaction a little poorer but with a smile and my first non-cheapo compact… I promptly dropped it on the pavement.
After a few choice phrases, I retrieved the carcass of my newly beloved point-and-shoot and assessed the damage. The plastic body did a decent job of absorbing the drop but some of the pieces had popped out of place. I went home to loosen some screws and snap things back in, but, as was my luck that day, I stripped a screw in the process and now the battery compartment door doesn´t close without a piece of matching blue electricians tape.
Still grumbling at my clumsiness, I loaded the camera with my favorite filmstock (Fujicolor C200) and headed out. The camera itself is very simple to use and only has three points of interaction: a little slide on the front of the camera to open the lens hood and activate the camera, a Grinch-green shutter button, and its only “bell and whistle” — a flash override. When the camera has decided flash is needed, a little button pops out of the top of the camera and you have to press and hold it for it not to fire when you take the shot. It makes for an uncomfortable shooting experience, but it’s better than not having it at all! When taking a picture, the sound the camera makes is akin to throwing a bean bag in a blender.
Other than the noise and odd flash override, the camera is what I’d hoped for. The focus is quick and accurate, it meters well, and the lens is very sharp.
I’m glad I spent a little extra money this time. If anything, it proves that I’m too clumsy to own nice things, but not too clumsy to enjoy a nice photo walk with a classic point-and-shoot.
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