I've been wanting to try out a TLR for a while now and came across this Yashica Mat on eBay for a decent price a few months back. A couple of recent posts about Rollei's convinced me that it was high time to give the old girl a whirl. So I took it with me when on the family vacation down to Panama City Beach this past weekend. I also took a couple of other newly acquired classics with me, but late nights drinking beer and swapping stories don't bode well for getting up early in the morning, so I only managed to get out once, on the last morning before we left. This one is an earlier example of the Yashica Mat with the Lumaxar lenses. The viewing lens is an 80mm f3.2 and the taking lens is an 80mm f3.5. The earliest versions of the Yashica Mat came with 75mm Lumaxar lenses, but these are apparently quite rare. Both the 75mm and 80mm lenses were 4 element, 3 group Tessar clones. Later versions were equipped with Yashikor (3 elememts, 3 groups) or Yashinon (4 elements, 3 groups) lenses. There is some ongoing debate about whether the Lumaxar were imported to Japan from West Germany or made by Tomioka, who was later bought by Yashica and produced the Yashikors and Yashinons. I won't get into that here, but if you're interested you can read about it here, here, and here (for starters). Most people say that the Japanese Rolleiflex copies are inferior to the original. Having never handled the original, I can't comment on that. I will say that this camera seems to be very well put together. The focus is buttery smooth, as is the film advance. Everything still feels tight. Nothing rattles around when you shake it. Unlike most of my recent buys from the bay, this one required no tinkering in order to return to full functionality. The only thing wrong with it when I got it was that the small rivet holding the two halves of the viewfinder together had broken at some point in the past. I was unable to find any screws or bolts small enough to replace it, so a small piece of paper clip bent into a U shape seems to be working nicely for now. These first two pictures were rather severely underexposedand required a bit of post processing. I had forgotten to change the aperture from f16 to f4 like I intended. Stuff like that happens when I don't have enough coffee in the morning. All were handheld at 1/25 or 1/50. Other than these two, the rest were at either f4 or f5.6. As you can see, I didn't make it very far down the beach. Overall, I enjoyed my first time out with a TLR. I'm looking forward to using it again. There was a lighter color band on the side of some of the shots that I tried to minimize in post. I'm not sure if this was something that happened in the scanning or in camera, or in developing. Upon casual inspection of the negatives, they seem okay, so I'm thinking it's something to do with the scanning. Film was Delta 100. Developed in T-Max 1+4 for 6 minutes. Scanned on Epson V600 at 600dpi. Thanks for looking.