|"113" With Yashinon 50mm f1.9 Lens Wide Open|
|"Cormorant", taken with the Image 80-200 Zoom|
I didn't use the Zoom a whole lot, but very glad I had brought the FR, with this lens attached, on a little trip down Pugwash way recently. This bird was striking up quite a pose! In fact, he was posing for so long, he allowed me to take a pic using my digital pocket cam too, to allow me to make yet another film - digital comparison:
|Lumix DMC-LX5 With a Lot of Digital Zoom|
|"1962 Morris Minor" - Yashica FR With 50mm f1.9 Kit Lens|
|"Horse and Barn"|
Although the Yashica FR SLR camera and lens makes wonderful image quality, almost rival to a Yashica Rangefinder, I must say I was disappointed in the way this camera's controls are executed. The worst part is the primitive electronic metering. At the very right edge of the viewfinder, you are given a green light in the middle, and two red lights - one at the very top of the frame and one at the very bottom. It is extremely difficult to visually locate these indicator lights, which simply mean "correct, over and under-exposed", but nothing tells you by how much. I really prefer a moving analogue needle - something which the much older Lynx-14 provides, both on top of the camera body, and within the viewfinder. Another usability issue is having both a micro-prism and split-image focussing aid in the middle of the viewfinder window. At first, I though I was going to love this feature, but in real life, I found it confusing for some reason.
In real world usage, both of these issues got in my way and slowed me down. The Yashica Lynx-14 Rangefinder camera has far better indicators for exposure and focus that are a pleasure to use, and do not slow down the process of getting the shot quickly.
I'll end this review with a few more shots, to show off the image quality of what could almost be the best film SLR camera of the 1970's: