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FR 35mm SLR Camera


Yashica

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4 Reviews  

Average Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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F. John Kendall

member since: 4/7/2006
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Rating: 4 out of 5
It has never failed me in 24 years!
4/11/2006 8:01:19 PM
 
George Anderson

member since: 7/6/2005
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Rating: 2 out of 5
Aperture-priority only version of the 1978-79 Yashica FR and FR-I. The FRII is an electronically controlled, manual-focus SLR. It has no manual shutter speed option at all, simply a flash sync speed and auto mode. No TTL flash, no AE lock. Designed primarily as an oversized point-and-shoot for casual SLR shooters who had no great interest in photography. Only found in chrome versions.
7/28/2005 3:50:26 PM
 
Glen Taylor

member since: 7/9/2005
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Rating: 4 out of 5
The FR, FR-1, and FR-2 SLR Yashicas were made during the company's heyday, when Yashica was attempting to compete head-to-head with Nikon and Canon. As a result, these are some of the most full-featured and highest quality Yashica MF cameras ever made. DOF preview, electromagnetic shutter release, and lots of accessories like remote infrared triggering and self-winders set these cameras apart from previous Yashica efforts. As these cameras were a development of the original Contax RTS they benefited from that R&D effort, though without the 1/2000 shutter speed and interchangeable focusing screens. They are heavily built, well-sealed and can take a lot of punishment.

The disadvantages to this camera are few but real. The flash sync is 1/60, abysmally slow by todays standards. There is no AE lock to freeze a setting on the camera for unusual lighting conditions. Most FR cameras are getting pretty long in the tooth at this writing, and the combination of electronic shutter and fabric shutter curtain could prove to be repair issues. Minor annoyances are the frame counter, notorious for breaking its nylon toothed gear, and the clip-style film takeup spool, introduced when 35mm film leaders were much longer. Unless the film is taped to the takeup spool the clip can slip its hold on the film, resulting in no photos. And, naturally, new parts are impossible to get anymore.

7/9/2005 9:54:27 AM
 
Philip M. Ware
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/11/2005
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Rating: 4 out of 5
As far as fully manual SLRs go, this is pretty darned good. With a plethora of lenses available on eBay, it's got a good upside. I find that it, even after many years, it's still producing sharp, accurate prints. I don't use it as much, anymore, with the DSLR in the fold, but I'm not letting it go, anytime, soon, either.
5/28/2005 4:31:26 AM
 

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