My first ever camera. I got this when I was a teenager and had a sudden interest in photography. I'm afraid to say it didn't last long. Not long after I got this camera, I lost that spurt of enthusiasm, and it quickly gathered dust in the attic. Thinking about my interest in photography today, and looking back to then, I still wonder whether that was a passing fancy of a teenager, or the actual roots of my passion today.
The camera gathered some dust for many years, and it was a source of regret all through that time. By the time I moved to Australia it had become a distant memory as by now the digital aid had taken over. But then I met a friend who had been a photographer for many years, and a film and natural light enthusiast. Her advocacy for film reminded me of the little Yashica back home, and on request my mother kindly sent it over for me.
The first images were very poor, if truth be told. I was still learning my craft and was quite a beginner. Add to that I used the automated function on the camera in those early days, and I think on examination it probably is faulty. The manual system works fine though, and provides a pleasant rarity for me in overly bright Australia - a film camera with a shutter speed of 1/2000.
The Yashica MP (multi-program) series were created in the 1980's and in comparison to some cameras of the time, probably more towards the average than top of the range. It is showing some wear and tear - you might be able to spot some Sellotape next to the shutter release button, which is used to hold the batteries in. The original lens pictured is long gone, having become quite opaque, and replaced with a wide-angle lens. The camera has a nice, tactile metal frame feel to it with a lot more weight in hand than my DSLR.
It wold be fair to say I have better film cameras, in terms of functionality and quality, but this one is probably the most special one I own. I'm so glad that the original enthusiasm I had then as a teenager has finally blossomed into something productive, even if it was originally a false dawn. I'll leave you with some of the images I've gotten from it.