Yashica Dental Eye

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The Dental Eye cameras were a series of specialized SLRs for 35mm film from Yashica, later Kyocera. These designs replaced the Oral-Eye series of cameras that were adapted from the Electro 35 and distributed by dental equipment company Tokyo Shizaisha.

The design was optimized for medical and scientific applications, adapting a Yashica SLR body but with a fixed macro lens. The lens barrel included a ring-light flash, around the lens's front element.

None of the Dental Eye models can be focused to infinity. They operate only in the close-focus range, down to 1:1 magnification.

  • Yashica Dental Eye (original), 55mm f/4.0 lens. Based on the Yashica FX-3,[1] lever film advance. Farthest focus is 1:10 magnification. Aperture is mechanically linked to focus distance.
  • Yashica Dental Eye II, 100mm f/4.0 lens. Motorized advance. Farthest focus now 1:15 magnification.
  • Yashica Dental Eye III, 100mm f/4.0 lens. Restyled, smaller body. Motorized advance and rewind. Produced from 1997-2006


  1. An early Dental Eye still labeled FX-3 is shown on Steven Gindler's blog; archived at the Wayback Machine.