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#1 Cole Paquette

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 11:41 PM

just recently got a yashica D8mm camera as a gift.
a couple questions: there is a slider bar that adjusts the viewfinder zoom. what settings should correspond to the mounted cine-yashica lenses?
and two: under that slider is a dial marked with several numbers, including 16, 8, and 64. is this film speed setting dial? the dial absolutely refuses to move. is there a button somewhere that I haven't noticed that I need to push?
thanks.
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#2 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:58 AM

What lenses did it come with? There should be focal lengths marked on each lens - you set the viewfinder zoom scale to whatever focal length is set as the taking lens. Usually a 13mm is the standard, with 6.5mm as a wide angle and 25mm or 38mm as telephotos.

The dial marked 8, 16...64 would be the fps speed dial. It should move freely from my experience with double-8 cameras. It may well be corroded or frozen up. Try a drop of oil.

They're pretty cute the old standard eights, but if it's running sluggish, has corrosion or the lenses are damaged, don't waste your money on film and processing (if you were planning to try it out). You can pick another one up on ebay for next to nothing.
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#3 Cole Paquette

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 08:18 PM

What lenses did it come with? There should be focal lengths marked on each lens - you set the viewfinder zoom scale to whatever focal length is set as the taking lens. Usually a 13mm is the standard, with 6.5mm as a wide angle and 25mm or 38mm as telephotos.

The dial marked 8, 16...64 would be the fps speed dial. It should move freely from my experience with double-8 cameras. It may well be corroded or frozen up. Try a drop of oil.

They're pretty cute the old standard eights, but if it's running sluggish, has corrosion or the lenses are damaged, don't waste your money on film and processing (if you were planning to try it out). You can pick another one up on ebay for next to nothing.


the smaller lens says F=13mm No. 825431 -YASHICA- cine YASHINON 1:1.4
the larger lens says F=38mm No. 823595 -YASHICA- cine YASHINON 1:1.4
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