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Yashica J-5

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-01-28

Yashica J-5

Introduced in: 1964

Technical info

Lens mount: M42
Shutter speeds: 1/1000s to 1/2 + B (Bulb)
Light meter: Externa cds (ISO 12 - 800)
Battery: One PX625 (1.3v mercury)
Flash: X & FP sync connection (sync 1/60 sec)
Weight: 696g


Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Operating + Sounds
Yashica J-5


Great size and brightness.

Nothing more then the focus aid.

Shutter type:

Focal plane
Horizontal traveling cloth curtain.

All mechanical.

Build quality:

Very good and solid.

Look and feel:
Looks great and have a nice feel.


Great little camera with a good viewfinder and build quality.
I really like the look and feel of the camera which is a big plus in my book.

Would be nice with a through the lens light metering but this is from 1964 and one of the first SLRs ever to have that came out the same year (Pentax spotmatic SP)

The film advance lever is a single stroke and it needs to get pulled 180° and the shoulder strap can be in the way for this.
Not exactly a big problem but it can be a bit annoying.

Thumbs up:
Great build quality and
Looks and feel
All mechanical and battary is is only for the light meter.

Thumbs down:

Mercury battery
Quite heavy

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