5 frames with...

5 Frames with a Yashica T4 and a roll of Ilford FP4 – By Dave Donnelly

September 21, 2018

I picked my Yashcia T4 including the original box at a local car boot for a good price a couple of years ago and it’s taken this long to put a film in, use up the 36 exposures and process. Seen as possibly the “poor man’s” Contax T2 , it has some notoriety due to the infamous fashion photographer Terry Richardson using it back in the day.

It comes with a Carl Zeiss Tessar 35mm f3.5 lens, with this being the other reason they now command prices of £200+. As for the Contax T2, you can sometimes add another zero to that…!

It’s auto exposure, has a shutter that goes from 1sec to 1/700th and is DX coded for film speed setting supporting 50-3200 iso and a built in flash. There is a small LCD panel on the top for flash control and a landscape mode, other than that it’s point and shoot compact, and is nice and light.

Whilst I normally shoot HP5+ at 400 iso, I came across a roll of FP4+  and thought I’d try it in the T4.

The roll has been in the camera for over 12 months – I have too many camera’s and films on the go at once – and so as is often the case it was a revelation as to what I shot. I tried a variety of styles, including landscape, street photography and shooting in the woods; but think it’s forte is travel and street photography.

I developed it using Tetenal Paranol S at 1:25 at home and scanned the negs on my Epson V500. I am quite impressed with the camera and hope to try HP5+ at some point.

Two faces of Digbeth

Sutton park shaft of light

Table and chair

Browsing chair



Support 35mmc

For as little as $1 a month, you can help support the upkeep of 35mmc via Patreon. Alternatively, please feel free to chuck a few pennies in the tip jar via Ko-fi:

Become a Patron!

Learn about where your money goes here.
Would like to write for 35mmc? Find out how here.


  • Reply
    Larry Bosch
    September 21, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    200£? More like 3-400.

    • Reply
      Dave Donnelly
      September 22, 2018 at 9:19 am

      So my £14 was well spent ! Prices are getting crazy.

  • Reply
    J. Lee Pierce
    September 22, 2018 at 3:29 am

    Love the grain. I also like to image of the book shelves. I wanted to explore that space.

  • Reply
    Dave Donnelly
    September 22, 2018 at 8:43 am


  • Reply
    September 30, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Very nice! I bought mine for less than $2 US and keep thinking I should sell it due to the crazy prices now but I love it! Love my SLRs and rangefinders too, but I like having something I can throw in my pocket and get really great photos with. I’m sure I’ll miss my window of opportunity. LOL. Thanks for sharing! Oh and also agree with the person above, I’d love to sit awhile in that room full of books!

    • Reply
      Dave Donnelly
      January 18, 2019 at 9:52 am


  • Reply
    Craig Schroeder
    January 17, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I was traveling to our state capital with a good friend who asked my opinion on a P&S that would take solid images (this is back in the era of these). We stopped in a shop and he ended up with a T4 that day. Later, we attended the State of The State address by the Wisconsin governor and took pictures of that and other Capital building photos. They turned out very well and he used the camera for many years. A photographer from my small city’s newspaper was there and had a film failure. He contacted me, remembering seeing me there and he used one of the shots in the local paper.

  • Reply
    Balda Baldix - A mini-review of 1950's Folder - By Dave Donnelly - 35mmc
    May 15, 2020 at 10:17 am

    […] My other posts on 35mmc can be found here […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.