So as often happens to photographers once you get on a roll you keep rolling on.
I picked up a nice Nikon after the Pentax K-1000 and soon after was curious about medium format. Venturing into the vintage market I found that some Medium Format cameras weren't really out of reach financially. I read and looked at many youtube videos on the subject and found that TLR's would be a great way to get into medium format. Most don't have meters and many of them are similar to the expensive models, but without the premium price tag, and were rated well. Note that most TLRs shoot in a 6x6 format so that was also why I was curious to try it out.
So, I looked around for a Yashica camera, from Japan, and found one that seemed to be in good condition. It was a whole new thing for me. The wait level viewfinder is very cool, the knobs in all different places and seeing your scene inverted left to right was all fun, and scary. I must admit that I still need a lot of practice with TLRs in general, but it was very interesting getting the larger film, putting it in correctly and then trying to figure out if you were in focus and aligned properly. Once again, something I need to practice a lot more.
But, I told myself, hey I'm a photographer I'm sure I can figure it out and started taking a few photos. Then had to find a lab to develop them and of course waiting patiently to get the film back. Also, I wanted to do this sooner than later to see if the camera was in good working order as its tough to tell from just looking at it.
Please check out some of my first attempts. No editing involved in any of them and I clearly need to work on exposure, framing and focusing properly.
That's my son Alex!
I forgot that this one below I had cropped to normal dimensions.
And another cropped one.
A couple quick things I noticed is that I should not have been trying to use the lens wide open or near to. The depth of field gets super shallow and it gets easier to miss focus as you can see from my examples. But, I really like the detail and the color in these photos. I believe I was using Portra 160 for these. For a light meter I used a free app on my phone to help me out as well.
Have you used the Yashica D or any other TLR?