Traveling Yashica

Portraits with the Traveling Yashica, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

TravelingYashica is an interesting journey of a compact, point and shoot Yashica T5 film camera that started from UK  in 2013 by Hamish Gill. The concept is simple – you receive the camera, you shoot a roll of film on it and ship it to the next person. You develop your roll of  film and share your experience with the camera and the images you like in your set of exposures from a single roll of film.

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Yashica T5 (Bergger BRF 400 Plus developed in Ilford Ilfosol-3, 8:30mins @ 20˙C) Scan: Epson Perfection V550

I signed up for the TravelingYashica in June 2014 when I saw the theme on my twitter feed. It was a long wait of 18 months till I got my hands on the camera in Jan 2015. The camera spend some idle time at my place till I had the time to finally make it go through the promised 36 exposures and then ship to Romania to continue its journey.

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Yashica T5 (Bergger BRF 400 Plus developed in Ilford Ilfosol-3, 8:30mins @ 20˙C) Scan: Epson Perfection V550

I shot 2 rolls through it, one color (Kodak Ektar 100) and one black & white (Bergger BRF400 Plus) but prefer to use the b&w shots here as I have more involvement with the images in b&w, being able to develop it and scan it at home. The color one was lab developed and scanned while the b&w Bergger BRF400 Plus was developed in my bathroom (darkroom) with Ilfosol-3 (the only film developer I could find in UAE) and scanned on Epson Perfection V550.

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Yashica T5 (Bergger BRF 400 Plus developed in Ilford Ilfosol-3, 8:30mins @ 20˙C) Scan: Epson Perfection V550

The camera is visually not the best looking one if you care about the looks or maybe I like the built, look and control of my Contax T2 more, thought the Yashica T5 lens matches the Contax T2 in terms of optical quality, both being Zeiss optics (Tessar 35 f3.5 T* on the Yashica T5 and Sonnar 38 f2.8 T* on the Contax T2). In practical use there was only one annoying factor for me, the flash always stays in auto mode when you turn the camera ON, and for my style of shooting I would love to have it in FOREVER OFF mode. Other than that it’s been a joy using the little gem, no need to think about your settings, literally point & shoot through the big bright viewfinder. Another drawback could be the current price of the camera on eBay which might push you away from buying one of your own. It’s certainly overpriced, but if you decide to get one for yourself then you definitely won’t be disappointed and will enjoy carrying it around shooting beautiful images.

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Yashica T5 (Bergger BRF 400 Plus developed in Ilford Ilfosol-3, 8:30mins @ 20˙C) Scan: Epson Perfection V550

Wishing more air miles to the camera and hope it goes on strong to cover the whole world (literally). Thanks Hamish for making me a part of the #TravelingYashica journey and giving me the chance to try out the little camera.

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Yashica T5 (Bergger BRF 400 Plus developed in Ilford Ilfosol-3, 8:30mins @ 20˙C) Scan: Epson Perfection V550

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    jeremy north
    May 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I’ve read that the Tessar excels in B&W. I like the last two images here, especially the portrait of the girl with the fabulous smile.
    Unfortunately, the link to your flickr page doesn’t work. Can you see if it can be fixed?

    • Reply
      AJ
      May 29, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Thank you Jeremy. I like the results from both, the Tessar and Sonnar, but would say that the Tessar is the surprise package in Yashica. Also updated the flickr link, the album was set to private so probably it didn’t work properly. Please check if it works now.

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    Norm Church
    May 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Interesting article. It gives me some insight on using a 35mm point and shoot, since I have always only used DSLRs and 35mm SLRs.

    • Reply
      AJ
      May 29, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Good compacts can get very addictive. I usually leave my DSLR/SLR home since getting hooked up with X100 & GR digital and T2/XA film compacts.

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