Hi just found this board, and thought someone here may be able to help. I have a fairly eclectic collection of film cameras, from 35mm point and shoot to rangefinder, bellows and med format SLRs, I recently acquired a Yashica A TLR which is in tatty but mechanically good condition, the only major problem is that the name plate has at some point been broken off. Anyone know of a similar Yashica TLR beyond mechanical repair where I could possibly buy it for the spares?
my email is email@example.com, if you can help I would be grateful.
PS all of my collection works and does get used regularly.
I currently have..... 2 Bronica ETRs, a Lubitel 166, A Zorki 4K (my favorite commie camera) a Canon EOS300 rebel, an Agfa Optima 111, (99p on Ebay!), a Kershaw King Penguin, A Benicci Coroll 6X6, 4 or 5 Praktica SLRs, (a B, MTL5, MTL3 etc)a couple of pentax point N shoot, The Yashica of course, and a few others that I would have to dig out of my storage case to remember what they are!!! as I say they all work and all get used depending upon what I am going to shoot. I also have my own darkroom still, with a Durst M601 enlarger, and various ancient bits and bobs for processing and printing.
Hi griff. I mainly collect cameras from the 1953-1657 period, basically what was in the shops, catalogues or shown at Photokina in my year of birth - 1957. The Kershaw and Bencini would fit nicely in my collection. I guess you are just looking for interesting cameras at the moment. I found it good to have a theme. Some collect Russians, some all the VEB Pentacon, one guy collects only Fujica 35's
This is mine on Flickr, there have been nearly 20 added to this collection since I put up this link. This is only my '57 collection! my '57 cameras
Yeah I tend to buy ones that pique my imagination as to what they may have been used to photograph, I like the "old Fashioned" picture quality, and I like to take pictures that are hard to date. I am also very absorbed by the "process" side of things, I've restored some old torn pictures the original way, by hand retouching and re photographing.
You know what I did with a camera that had lost its name plate? I made one.
The Yashica one I believe is a moulded piece a few millimetres thick. OK a 3d printer could do that - probably. But mine was an altogether more quick and dirty method. Unfortunately I do not have the camera in question any more.
I took a photo - or rather found one on the internet of a good clear logo, printed it on glossy paper the correct size then laminated it and cut it out. I glued it to the front of the camera. Not as good as the real thing, particularly in your case but it may be worth a try. use this: