f1.4


Oh dear. The camera that I was referring to in my last post is the beautiful and rare (especially as a working example) Yashica Lynx 14E. This 35mm beauty has just about the fastest lens ever fitted to a fixed lens camera – a Yashinon 45mm f1.4 with a leaf shutter.

This is a worthy son of the legendary Ermanox from the guy who eventually designed the Zeiss Sonnar lens formula. It had an Ernostar f1.8 lens – on a plate camera.

Back to the Lynx – electronic CdS metering, full manual control, viewfinder lights to indicate exposure – and that lens. A 7 element Planar design, made by Tomioka. Just wonderful. And the whole setup is as sturdy as a brick – just in case you need to bop someone over the head to get away safely in darkness.  More words to come.

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