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Tested and fully working, in great working condition. Comes with
Yashinon 13mm f/1.4 Lens
Yashikor 38mm f/1.9 Lens
Lens – clean, free of mould, dust, haze or damage
Focus – smooth, works well
Motor – runs well
Exposure – working well
Body – in good condition, some light scratching
Other features – all tested and working well.
Additional accessories included: None
We fully inspect all our cameras to ensure they’re fully working and offer a 60 day warranty giving you plenty of time to have a play with your purchase and make sure you’re totally satisfied.
The Yashica 8 is a typical home movie camera of the time. Feature wise it is basic but it is well built with a die cast aluminium body and good quality for its positioning. It uses standard 8, also known as double 8, cine film. This is 16 mm cine film with twice as many sprocket holes down either side as “normal” 16 mm for use in 16 mm cameras. Only half the width of the film is exposed when run through the camera. The length of film is about 25 feet and when the end is reached, the camera is opened and the film spools flipped top to bottom and then the other half width of film can be used. After processing, the film is split and spliced together giving a total length of about 50 feet, or about 4 minutes of viewing time.
As common at the time, the Yashica 8 was powered by a spring driven clockwork motor. With a fully wound spring, running time was about 30 seconds. The normal shooting frame rate was 16 frames per second but the camera was capable of a number of frame rates from 8 to 64 frames per second. The viewfinder could zoom from a wide angle of 6.5 mm to telephoto length of 38 mm to match the lens in use – the normal length for the format was 13 mm.
The release date of the Yashica 8 movie camera is quoted as either 1957 (Camera-wiki.org) or claimed to be 1958 at Photokina in Germany. As far as I can tell, both dates are perhaps correct, depending on perspective. From my research, Yashica did release the “Yashica 8” in 1957 but probably only in Japan. There is a range of serial numbers in my database which almost certainly pre-date “date code” numbers which so far start in February 1958 but in any case, the company’s 1975 booklet, “Yashica A New Horizon”, tells us that it was September 1957 (the booklet says 8T-2 but from Yashica’s own brochures from the time, it is clearly an error, it was the “Yashica 8”, the 8T-2 being a 1958 release). It had a turret lens mount, and possibly because of the booklet, many commentators today already refer to it as the “Yashica 8T” but in fact, that name came later with the updated model further below. It came standard with one lens fitted, a Zunow 13mm f/1.9. Both Zunow 38mm f/1.9 and 6.5mm f/1.9 lenses were supplied by Yashica as optional accessories. Below are left and right side views. Note the film door latch, viewfinder moulding, sliding switch on the side of the viewfinder, shutter release pad on front, shutter lock thumb wheel and turret pivot detailing, all of which are different to models commonly found in the west:
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