my life in the land down under

Friday Focus: From the Archives


Several years ago, after much browsing of online auction sites, I acquired my first TLR – Twin Lens Reflex camera.

It was a Yashica LM. Supposedly in working order… and it was, kind of. Eventually I put a film through it and had problems. Either it wouldn’t wind on between shots – or after winding on, the shutter wouldn’t fire. A bit of jiggling and it would come right, but it was frustrating. I finished the film, and was pleased with the sharpness and shallow depth of field of the resulting images.

Then the camera went into storage for a long time (along with the rest of the collection) while I was busy getting married, moving house, renovating, getting used to being a wife and step-mum, working part-time etc etc…

I finally pulled it out of the display cupboard a few weeks ago, and took it to our local camera repair specialist. Sadly he couldn’t fix the shutter-jamming problem without pulling the camera apart and risking major cosmetic damage, so we decided it would have to go back into the cupboard as a ‘display-only’ model. ūüė¶

The Camera:

Yashica LM – front view

Side view with viewfinder open

View of the other side

Right side showing winder

Left side showing dial for setting distance, aperture etc

The Stats:

It’s late at night here and I really wanted to get this up on Friday (at least while it’s still Friday in other parts of the world), so I didn’t get the stats done. If you’re interested let me know, otherwise I’ll get round to posting them when I can.

The Photos:

I’m hoping to locate the negatives soon and scan some more frames, as this is all I have so far.

Dahlias in my parent’s garden – this was obviously taken in the summer


Children in the back yard – they have grown up a lot since this photo was taken!

Click on the links below for my previous posts on vintage cameras:

Friday Focus: Introduction

Friday Focus: Empire Scout

Friday Focus: Diana

Friday Focus: Agfa Isoly


Author: Janice

Married to a very lucky man (he sometimes agrees), I'm learning to be a better wife, homemaker, & step-mum to two adult children and their other halves. I enjoy thinking, writing, nature, travelling, reading, photography and other creative pursuits, and spending time with friends & family (not necessarily in that order). I work part-time with children & their families. I have too much stuff (working on that) and am not a morning person... that about covers it for now.

4 thoughts on “Friday Focus: From the Archives

  1. I loved this camera! My father had this (or similar), and also a Roliflex (sp?) That I used more. Love the viewfinder, and the quality images.

    • Thanks Valerie. I have a cheaper TLR (Lubitel) that I haven’t tried out yet. I would like to get another higher-quality (but not top of the range) one that doesn’t stretch the budget too much. Rolleiflex is a very good model from what I’ve heard. Do you still have it? I forgot to mention the viewfinder makes composition a challenge, because it shows the image reversed!

  2. Reblogged this on filmcamera999 and commented:
    yeah…the LM can be temperamental!

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