1958: Yashica D

Year of Introduction: 1958
Film Format: 120 medium format
Lens: Yashikor 80mm f/3.5 lens
Focus: Twin lens reflex (TLR)

The Yashica D, introduced in 1958, is a classic medium format twin lens reflex (TLR) camera that is beloved for its exceptional build quality, reliable performance, and timeless design. It quickly gained popularity among photographers seeking a versatile and affordable medium format camera.

The Yashica D featured a Yashikor 80mm f/3.5 lens, renowned for its sharpness, rich detail, and beautiful rendering of images. The TLR design consists of two lenses stacked vertically—one for viewing (taking lens) and one for capturing the image (taking lens). This design allowed photographers to compose their shots through a waist-level viewfinder, offering a unique perspective and facilitating a more deliberate and contemplative shooting experience.

The Yashica D was compatible with 120 medium format film, which produced larger negatives than standard 35mm film. This format enabled photographers to capture exceptional detail and achieve stunning image quality. The camera’s intuitive controls and straightforward operation made it accessible to photographers of all skill levels.

Owning the Yashica D is a true delight for any camera collector or medium format enthusiast. Its vintage aesthetic and classic TLR design exude a sense of nostalgia and evoke the golden age of film photography. The Yashikor lens delivers beautiful tones, smooth bokeh, and remarkable sharpness, creating images with a distinctive medium format look. Shooting with the Yashica D allows me to slow down, embrace the art of composition, and appreciate the timeless elegance of analog photography. Its place in my collection serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of medium format film cameras and the craftsmanship that went into creating cameras that continue to inspire and captivate photographers to this day.