Just before lockdown I also picked up another TLR for next to nothing, a Yashica D and after having it serviced due to a very common issue of sticky shutter blades at low speeds, I’m happy to report that’s its focus and operation is spotless. The front leatherette was damaged during the service, but easily replaced, yet I actually love the way to looks, and going to keep it as is. I now have 3 operational and regular used TLR’s, and two are Yashica’s. I really love these cameras, as they seem to have so much soul. Don’t get me wrong, my Rolleicord VB is a beautiful camera too, and the images it makes are stunning, but it lacks the emotional attachment I seem to have with my highly underrated Yashica cameras. I’m such a nerd.
Here are a selection of images captured on the Mg1 (35mm monochrome), and the Yashica D (6×6 – taken from this lockdown project.) There are epic light leaks that ruin the MG1 photos to some degree, so I’ve decided to let John at Fototech take care of the last part of restoring the camera – the light seals. He does such an amazing job servicing my film cameras, and feel the MG1 deserves the very best as it heads to it’s working retirement. Haha.
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