Yashica 35 MF

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The 35 MF is a viewfinder camera made by Yashica in 1977.[1] It has an unnamed, coated 38 mm f/2.8 lens, with scale focusing by zone symbols. Japanese collector 'Minocat' states that this is a Tessar-type lens.[2] The camera has programmed automatic exposure between 1/60 second at f/2.8 and 1/250 second at f/16, with a CdS meter cell mounted inside the filter ring.[2][3] A needle meter is displayed in the brightline viewfinder, showing what aperture will be used. Unlike later similar cameras, the shutter does not lock in low light.[2]

The camera has a built-in pop-up flash, the first Yashica camera with this feaure, according to 'Minocat';[2] the flash is raised from the top housing by turning the exposure mode ring of the lens, while pressing the silver button on the front of the camera. There is a self-timer on the front of the camera, to the right of the lens. The camera requires a 1.3V mercury cell to power the meter, and two AA batteries for the flash; 'Minocat' notes that it will expose at 1/60 second and f/2.8 without a meter battery.[2]

The 35 MF was followed in 1979 by the MF-1, which differs mostly in how the flash is deployed (by pressing its top), and in 1980 by the MF-2, which is of lower specification, having a fixed-focus f/4 lens.


  1. 35 MF at Sylvain Halgand's Collection Appareils.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 35 MF (several views of the camera, and notes in Japanese) at Minolook.
  3. Collection Appareils gives a different shutter-speed range, from 1/30 to 1/650 second.