|Yashica 35 f/1.9 4.5cm
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The Yashica 35 is in fact the company's first camera that was entirely manufactured by themselves, right after they acquired the Nicca company who is responsible for the production of the 35's predecessors, the YE and YF. While the YF is a Leica copy, the classic design of the 35 resembles that of the Contax models. It was marketed between 1958 and 1960.
The 35 has a Copal MXV shutter with a range from B to 1/500 and a coupled rangefinder. The lens assembly is fixed and Yashica sold the 35 with 2 different lenses: the common Yashinon 45mm f/2.8 and a much rarer 45mm f/1.9. Both lenses deliver high quality pictures.
On top of the camera is a frame counter and a cold shoe for the use of flashes, as it doesn't have a built-in lightmeter there is no need for batteries.
This is a very well built camera with a great amount of quality feel to it.