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Created 4 April 2009 ... Updated 4 April 2009

Yashica EZ-matic

Yashica EZ-matic Who said that cameras designated for the low-end of the market could not be of high-quality and good looks? This camera is very sturdy and the chrome plate on top is just so smooth and beautiful that one could think this was a very expensive model at its time. What give the disguise away however is that the film compartement is laid out for Instamatic cassetes, clearly a sign of a camera for the people.

Controls are very basic, there is an automatic and aperture priority setting, a focus scale and that's about it. The self timer is a not often seen feature in Instamatic cameras and according to some sources, this must have been the only camera made for instamatic film with a self timer.

My camera is still like new, no scratches and all functions work as smoothly as when the camera left the factory. Of course instamatic film is hard to come by so I haven't actually tried using the camera but it feels and looks nice enough to keep it :o)

Yashica had reused the body of the Half 17EE Rapid for this camera. It is actually really the same frame with just some minor changes. Pretty nifty looking cameras those.

Manufacturor  :  Yashica
Model  :  Yashica EZ-matic
Type  :  35mm rangefinder camera
Produced  :  1969
K.D. Müller Reference  :  K 107168
Film  :  Kodak 126 instamatic cartridge film
Picture size  :  28 x 28 mm
Made in  :  Japan
Quantity Made  :  over 25 000
Original List Price  :  $ 54.95
Material  :  Metal, partly chrome plated
Lens  :  Fixed. Yashica Japan, Yashinon f=37mm f 1:2.7
Filter size  :  approx. 52 mm, filter placed in front of the exposure cell so no manual filter factor calculations needed.
Focusing  :  Coupled view finder
Focus range  :  1 meter - infinity
Viewfinder  :  Bright finder with framelines, parallax correction and a shutter-speed scale blended in.
Shutter  :  Leaf shutter. Copal 1/30 - 1/500 and Bulb
Aperture  :  automatic: f/2.7 - f/16.
Self timer  :  available
Exposure  :  Aperture priority or a fully automatic exposure
Exposure meter  :  Selenium cell around to the lens
Battery  :  none
Flash  :  Cold shoe on top of the camera.
Flash Contact  :  PC Sync contact on the side of the body.
Film Advance  :  Manual, single stroke using lever at the bottom of the camera body
Dimensions  :  120 x 74 x 42 mm
120 x 74 x 72 mm including lens
Body serial number  :  K II 5068377
Collection status  :  to be sold
Yashica EZ-matic

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