A while back I came across a Yashica TL Super in an antiques store. At first I wasn't sure the shutter was working, and the lens on it was a third-party 135mm of no particular interest, so I passed on it. But a few weeks later it was still there, and just for the hell of it I tried the shutter again, finding, to my surprise, that it seemed to be working fine. The slow speeds, at least, seemed accurate. So I argued the price down a bit and bought it. A new battery failed to revive the meter, so I figured it was just going to be a meterless camera. My first roll of film revealed that the fast shutter speeds were about a stop too fast, and the 1/1000 setting didn't expose the film at all (which I really should have noticed when initially inspecting the camera... Oh, well). Advancing the film is also occasionally problematic; while most frames were separated properly, three in a row were badly overlapped. With these issues, and the camera not really being worth the cost of repairs, I don't expect to use this TL Super much. I can tell, though, that it was quite nice in its day. With all-metal construction typical of the time, it feels comfortably solid in my hand. More recently, I was given a Yashinon Auto 5cm f/2 lens. This is several years older than the camera, and is cosmetically very similar to the 1961 Asahi Auto-Takumar 55mm f/2.2 (which might lead one to wonder just who really made both of them). This generation of lenses automatically stop down when the shutter is released, but do not automatically open up afterward; you have to reset the aperture by pulling down the lever on the upper left side of the lens (where the Auto/Manual switch is on later fully-automatic M42 lenses such as the Super-Takumars). This copy is in very nice shape aside from a rather stiff focusing ring. Once I got this lens, I decided to give the TL Super another try with a roll of FP4+ and a yellow filter. 1. Yashica TL Super with Yashinon Auto 5cm f/2 lens The Yashinon lens turns out to be an excellent performer. Although it appears to be uncoated (there is no visible tint to the glass), I had no trouble with flare or ghosting, and contrast is very good. Rendering is very nice all around. The photo below was shot at either f/2 or f/2.8 and is quite sharp, with delicate details in both the light flower and the low tones of the leaves, and the background blur is pleasantly smooth. 2. Yellow rose That's all for now!