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Manufactured in Japon from 1961 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Yashica Flash-O-Set

 Traduction de Manuel M

At first look, this heavy and improbable camera can let to believe in a telemetric camera…that's not the case, but all is strange about it. Even its immense moired glass, of viewfinder, goes in this way.
One has really the feeling that this camera was designed by a very new firm. Nothing in this camera, that it is by the technique or aesthetics, can let think that it is manufactured by a brand as experienced as Yashica.   

While launching this model, Yashica have, it seems, the willpower to offer to its amateur customers, a very simple camera of use, in particular for the photography with the flash, which, at that time (only?) took well care not to reveal all their mysteries with the laymen.

The blazon of nobility “Yashica” is also stranger. It happened that European brands, like Alpa, make be reproduced a blazon on their cameras intended for North American market… That shows its difference opposite to the Japanese productions… but such a blazon on this Japanese camera is very funny.

I think that it is only model Yashica which bear it.

It is well about a 135, for photographs 24 x 36 mm on film 35 mm.
The automatic exposure is controlled by a large selenium cell Astonishing for the time, the adjustment of the sensitivity goes from 10 to 160 Asa. On the back of the camera, just on the left of the viewfinder, a control of exposure by needle is placed. A recall is visible on the right and in bottom of the viewfinder.
Its central shutter with two blades is located behind the diaphragm, which has 4 of them. The shutter speed is fixed on the 1/60 of second, in order to ensure the bestsynchro flash “M” - magnesic - possible. With this maximum speed very limited, he was proposed like accessory, a kind of “close-up” grey neutral, indispensable at the beach or the sea.

A synchro “X” is available in fronting. The magnesic bulbs flash usables were of type AG-1. An abacus of control of distance flash-subject is present on the back of the camera. Besides the adjustment of the sensitivity of film used, it also takes into account the type of bulb flash > Blue for daylight or white for tungsten light. The designers of this camera wanted to offer a maximum rapidity of use of the magnesic flash. With this intention and in order to ensure an electric charge constant and always available, it equipped this camera with an enormous battery 15V, hidden in its housing under the sole. Moreover, they imagined an ejector of bulb… What could be taken for the shutter release, on the right on the hood, is a control “EJECTOR” of this system. The shutter release is on the front face, below and on the right.
The lens seems of the same vein of the beautiful and rapid Yashinon. That's not the case. This optics, fix-focus, is one F 4.0 of 40 mm, with 3 separated elements. It allows, with full aperture, a focusing of 4 feet (1.22 meters) ad infinitum.

Even the appearance of this machine is unique. It has a superb chrome chain as well as a rigid leather case-box, hanged at the nut of foot by a strip ended by an immense serrated roller.

It is one of the strangest camera and out of norms, which I could meet in this format.
This real “strangeness”, is much rarely met than the II, which will replace it in 1962. Its manufacture will not last a year.

The serial number is preceded by one T. the specimen which I present here is the n°: T 1101481