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. 😦
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
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.
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!
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