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Yashica 8mm Vintage Movie Cameras

How to Buy a Vintage Movie Camera

There has been a resurgent in the interest of shooting with SLR and rangefinder film cameras. Perhaps you were digging through your parents basement and stumbled through an old record camera player. Collectors and fans alike are using old film cameras more and more. No matter your reason to buy a vintage Yashica film camera, you need to know what to look for and how to use it. Here are a few guidelines to help you get started.

What questions to ask before choosing from the Yashica 8T, Yashica Electro models?

When you are looking for a film movie camera to buy or sell, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Are you looking for a Yashica 8mm Movie Camera thats manual or that with a meter?
  • Does the camera have a meter? If yes, does it work?
  • Is your camera stuck on one shutter speed?
  • Does it have any cloudy elements, signs of fungus, or heavy scratches when you look through the lens?
  • Has it been used for professional purposes? Ex-professional film cameras tend to be more worn out.

What are the five basic types of exposure control to look out for?

Vintage cameras, such as the Yashica-E or the Yashica 8mm movie camera vintage model, have different focusing systems. These systems can use a mirror behind the lens to reflect the image. the film, or use other mirrors (commonly referred to as pentaprism) which uses such as the Yashica-mat to reflect an image. When choosing such cameras, there are a few things to consider including:

  • Fully manual or automated - The shutter speeds and apertures for manual and automated cameras such as vintage Yashica super or the Yaschica U-Matic comprise of Cine and shutter speed that can be set manually without any metering to help.
  • Programmed automation - Your cameras meter is able to select and set the ideal combination of your cameras zoom, speed, and aperture for correct exposure.
  • Shutter - You as the photographer can select a speed and then your cameras meter is able to select and automatically set the aperture and wide angle needed for correct exposure.
  • Match-needle - this is an inbuilt meter control that positions the needle in the viewfinder while the shutter speed is being adjusted against the apertures.
  • Aperture - Here, the photographer can select an aperture and the adjust their cameras meter to automatically set the speed needed for correct exposure.

What other things do I need to factor in?

Aside from your Yashica Super or your Yashica 8s performance, there are a few things to take into consideration such as:

  • Your cameras reflex and rangefinder
  • The medium format
  • Scanning

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