Yashica T2

While having a conversation with a coworker last month about photography in general, she mentioned the old school Yashica point and shoot film camera she had and how great the lens was on that camera. Of course she was talking about the cult classic Yashica T4, which was the one that Terry Richardson used on a lot of his shoots (not sure if he still uses it anymore). For some reason during that conversation a light also went off in my head and I recalled my family having a Yashica point and shoot camera as well back in the 80’s. I didn’t know which model it was, but remembered it took great photos! I know my family never likes to throw anything out, so I had a feeling the camera was still around somewhere in the house. So after an hour in the garage going through every single storage box and sweating like a pig in the summer heat, I finally uncovered the camera I recalled using during my 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. It was none other than a Yashica T2! While the T2 may have preceded the T4, both of these cameras were equipped with a 35mm f/3.5 Carl Zeiss lens, which is really the reason for the quality of the photos. Plus, the T4 currently sells on eBay for over $300, while a T2 can be bought for less than $30.

Here’s the camera, which is still in pretty good condition…

All I needed was to give it a new battery and it worked fine. Here’s some photos recently taken with the camera (look how sharp the images are):

This camera is the find of the century so far in my garage.

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August 26, 2013 - 6:59 am

Misael Nevarez Wow incredible photos!!! And the colors also are to die for, what type of film did you use???

August 26, 2013 - 10:18 am

terrini Thanks! Fujifilm Superia 400 was used for these photos.

May 12, 2015 - 12:47 pm

nonamed i wonder which film you used.

May 13, 2015 - 9:19 pm

terrini It’s Superia Xtra 400 film.

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