Yashica


Yashica was a Japanese camera manufacturer with an interesting story. The company was founded in 1949 in Japan and it started as a very small one. They gradually expanded and produced many generations of cameras, from 120mm medium format TLRs, 35mm films rangefinders and SLRs to 8mm cine cameras. Traditionally, Yashica lenses were made by Tomioka, a company established in the 1930s and founded by Toshioka Masashige, an engineer who had been working in the optics industry since before WWI.

During the 1960s the company reached its peak and introduced the M42 mount, while in the 1970s they partnered with Carl Zeiss and produced upmarket Contax cameras, which had the Contax-Yashica bayonet mount.

In 1983, Yashica was bought by Kyocera and it was the beginning of the end, as production was moved Japan to Hong Kong and Yashica was transformed into a budget brand. Finally, Kyocera stopped production in 2005 and sold the Yashica trademark rights in 2008.

Check our Yashica lenses:


Yashinon-DS Auto 50mm f1.9 is a standard lens made by Yashica Japan. It is well made, reliable and has good optics, as many of these 50mm Japanese lenses. Being manufactured by a small company, it is also underrated, which means prices are really good. Yashinon-DS Auto 50mm f1.9 weighs 184g and it has a minimum focusing distance of 0.5m. Filter diameter: 52mm. Main mount: M42.


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Yashinon-DS Auto 50mm f2 is a standard lens made by Yashica Japan. It is well made, reliable and has good optics, as many of these 50mm Japanese lenses. Being manufactured by a small company, it is also underrated, which means prices are really good. Yashinon-DS Auto 50mm f2 weighs 184g and it has a minimum focusing distance of 0.5m. Filter diameter: 52mm. Main mount: M42.


Uses the Contax-Yashica mount.

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