In your bag No: 1413 – Chris and Carol


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In your bag No: 1413, Chris and Carol
Today we have a very simple offering for you. Chris and Carol are a team it seems, and they both have a real love for Yashica cameras. Check it out.

Great camera bag that my lovely wife made for me. Converted from an old messenger style pocketbook, she embroidered the ‘Yashica’ in katakana for an eye catching logo.
The Yashica J-3 in gorgeous black comes straight from Yashica’s factory in Suwa, Nagano Prefecture from early 1963. The matching Auto-Yashinon f/2.0 50mm lens was also part of the limited availability ‘pro-black’ SLR… Yashica’s first ever 35mm SLR in black.
A wonderfully simple camera with a solid feel and a surprisingly accurate exposure meter. The vintage (not spot on to the early 1960s) Sakura color film wraps up a vintage set-up ready to go.
If you find the time, stop by our blog ‘Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic’ at
Many thanks,
Chris and Carol

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Chris and Carol. Love your site, it is a treasure trove.
Check out the links and please come and comment.
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4 comments on “In your bag No: 1413 – Chris and Carol”

    Float August 10, 2016 at 8:01 pm / Reply

    I recently started getting into Yashica. I got a restored Yashica FX-D, ML 50mm 1.4, ML 28mm f2.8 and ML 135mm f2.8. Loving them so far. Can you believe you can buy a restored Yashica SLR with the same features as an expensive Contax equivalent for $50?

    Chris August 12, 2016 at 8:28 am / Reply

    Hey Float! We believe Yashica has always been a great buy… simple bodies and lenses without the crazy prices (both when new and now used).

    Jack August 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm / Reply

    I’ve never seen one in black! I have a J-5 with the same lens and was surprised how sharp that lens can be.

    Chris Whelan August 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm / Reply

    Hello Jack…
    Yashica made a few (maybe 1,000 or so) of the J-3’s in black. In the “J” series overall, it’s the only one that had a black body and it was Yashica’s first black SLR. I love the J-3 and J-5… they were actually very well made and the Tomioka made lenses were extremely sharp. If you would like to know more about all things Yashica you can read up at our blog
    Thanks, Chris

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