Yashica 35

This is the Yashica 35 rangefinder, purchased during a phase that also included the Nikon S2. Like the S2 this camera produces excellent images with minimal fuss. I also put the Argus C3 in the same category.

Though the rangefinder patch is small, it works well and the focus has plenty of throw to easily allow for precise focussing. While the 35 doesn’t feel as solid as the S2 it is still a well-made camera and will be a frequent shooter in the years to come.

ShutterCopal MXV
SpeedB, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500
LensYashica Yashinon
 f1.9 45mm
Focus3.5ft – ∞
Aperturef1.9 – 16
Light MeterNo


Sample shots taken on Ilford HP5, stand-developed HC-110 30 min.


  1. LOVE early Yashica’s, had a 1960 model M before I could afford a Leica. Nice shots! I’d love to know the Effective Baselength on this and some other popular fixed lens rangefinders. Seems difficult to find that information.


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