Yashica Mat-124G: My New-to-Me Medium Format Camera

Shot on Kodak 400 TMax. Print available : xoginnie.darkroom.tech

On June 5th, I won the bid for the ebay auction for a Yashica Mat-124 G 6X6cm TLR Camera with 80mm f/3.5 Yashinon lens.

My first rolls of film through my new camera were Kodak 400 TMax.

The seller was Goodwill in Seattle and they had verified that it was in working condition. My first rolls of film through the camera were Kodak 400 TMax 120-rolls.

Considering I didn’t carry a light meter with me, I’m pleasantly surprised that I got the exposure correct.

A year ago, my former coworker and friend lent me his Lubitel 166B which I took on vacation to Sooke. After I got those rolls back, I was determined to get my own medium-format film camera.

Medium format film has about 4 times the surface area of 35-mm film which allows them to capture more detail and be printed to larger canvas sizes.

I’m satisfied with the depth of field and dynamic range from these images. Surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the lens either and there is negligible vignetting around the edges.

The 80mm focal length on the medium format camera is equivalent to 50mm on a full-sized sensor, which is really good for portraits and street photography.

There is one thing that bothers me about the new camera. The advance crank gets jammed sometimes, which for a very expensive mistake.

I think each exposure cost me around $5 from the film, to developing and the scanning.

Thank you so much for reading.

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