Camera show find

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  1. compur

    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I was at a camera show on Sunday and a seller had a box of "camera junk"
    that he offered to me for $5. I glanced in the box and saw some vintage
    stuff that I thought I could use for parts and bought it without looking
    at it further.

    When I got home I found this at the bottom of the box:


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    It's a Yashica Pentamatic, the first 35mm SLR made by Yashica. It has a
    bayonet lens mount unique to the Pentamatic cameras and 6 or 7 lenses
    were made for it (that I know of) from 35mm to 250mm. It's definitely a
    collectible camera and the lenses are pretty scarce (in the USA anyway).
    It needed a little cleaning up but it works perfectly and looks nearly mint
    now. Yashica also made adapters to allow mounting M42 screw mount
    lenses and Exakta lenses to this camera.

    Yashica made 2 more Pentamatic models (Pentamatic II and S) and then
    switched to using the M42 screw-mount for a while until finally switching
    again to the Yashica/Contax bayonet which is not the same as the
    earlier Pentamatic bayonet mount.

    So, I guess I'm gonna have to track down some more lenses for it now. :)
     
  2. jlykins

    jlykins TPF Noob!

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    That's awesome! Great find.
     
  3. alexkerhead

    alexkerhead TPF Noob!

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    Nice find!
     
  4. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Great find!! I always liked the shutter placement at the front of the camera rather than on the top plate.
     
  5. MikeBcos

    MikeBcos TPF Noob!

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    Nice!
     
  6. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Whoa!!! Congrats dude! That's a good collectible camera to find! I'm freakin' jealous... :D
     

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