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Yashica Lynx 5000
France Version française
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Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1964 to (After) 1964.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1373

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Traduction par C. Akgungor.

The earliest trace that I found of this camera is in the 1965 Photo-Plait catalogue, but probably it was already marketed in France before.
At least four Yashica rangefinders having the name « Lynx » are released in France:
The Lynx 2,8: Was available in 1962/63, with a 2,8/45 mm lens and a shutter, which goes to 1/500th of a second.

The Lynx 1000: Was available also from 1962/63, it has a 1,8/45 lens with a 1/000th of a second maximum shutter speed.

The Lynx 5000 has a 5 elements Yashinon 1,8/45 mm lens. Yashica Copal-Sv shutter has all speeds from 1 second to 1/1000th. The viewing is very clear. Inside the viewfinder, there is a bright frame to prevent the parallax error. This frame is moving when the focus (distance) ring is turned.  So when you aim while adjusting the distance, you can see the rangefinder image varying and bright frame sliding. The lightmeter cell is activated via a chromed button on the top of the body at the left of the lens. Inside the body, under a very prominent glass, a pointer is moving according to the lens’ settings. There are two zones separated by a thick line inside this window: you have to settle the aperture and the shutter speed in order to set this pointer just over this line. The zone under it represents “underexposure”, just as the upper zone represents “overexposure” Inside the viewfinder, there is a similar meter, with an identical function. In 1965/66, this camera’s cost was 825 francs

The Lynx 5000 E (in the Cinephotoguide 1970) introduced some modifications in the lightmeter and in the functioning of the camera.

Yashica Lynx 5000

Yashica Lynx 5000