Yashica Diary

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The Yashica Diary is a 35 mm viewfinder camera made by Yashica in 1978.[1] The camera has an unnamed, coated 38 mm f/2.8 lens, a Tessar-type according to Japanese collector 'Minocat',[2] with scale focusing by zone symbols. It has only programmed automatic exposure, with a CdS meter cell mounted inside the filter ring, and shutter speeds from 1/60 to 1/360 second. A needle meter scale, showing what aperture will be used, is visible in the brightline viewfinder, and a red low-light warning lamp in the VF appears at light levels below EV 8;[2] the shutter is then locked.

The camera has a built-in flash, which retracts into the top housing. Popping the flash up (by pressing the top of it; a simpler action than on some other Yashica cameras, such as the 35 MF) puts the camera into auto-flash mode.[2] There is a self-timer, with the lever on the front right of the body (concealed by the lens in the picture here). The camera's name refers to its built-in date-imprint function. 'Minocat' states that the Diary is the first Yashica camera with such a feature, and notes that it can imprint the day of the week, in addition to the date, month and year.[2]

Notes on the camera at Collection Appareils describe it as a derivative of the ME 1, which it closely resembles, but which does not have the flash or date functions.[1] 'Minocat' describes the Diary as one of a group of three similar cameras introduced at around the same time (the others being the Flasher and the Snap), but notes that, though similar in use, the Flasher has a different lens.[2]

The Diary requires two AA batteries;[2] some other Yashica cameras with CdS metering, such as the 35 MF also require a mercury cell to power the meter.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Diary at Sylvain Halgand's Collection Appareils
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Diary (several views of the camera, and notes in Japanese) at Minolook (in Japanese).