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Yashica FR-I 35mm film SLR + Yashica ML 50mm f1.7 lens (serial 085756)

Yashica FR-I 35mm film SLR + Yashica ML 50mm f1.7 lens (serial 085756)

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Note: This camera's self-timer feature is not working. It's otherwise in excellent working condition. 

The Yashica FR-I is a sophisticated aperture-priority automatic exposure 35mm from the late 1970s. It shares many design elements with the professional Contax RTS, including the slick 'feather touch' shutter release and the C/Y lens mount (so it's compatible with a wide library of lenses including the legendary Carl Zeiss T* series). The included lens is a very sharp Yashica ML 50mm f/1.7 (6 elements in 5 groups).

The FR-I has one of our favourite SLR viewfinder displays, showing the shutter speed and aperture in a very clear, unobtrusive manner.

Battery info

This camera requires a 4LR44 battery (available as an option).

Condition notes 

The camera and lens were tested and are in very good functional condition (apart from the self-timer not working as mentioned above). We verified all shutter speeds as well as the auto exposure. The camera is in good cosmetic condition with only minor wear from use (see photos). 


Yashica FR-I pdf 

  • Type: TTL metering fully automatic exposure 35 mm SLR camera. 
  • Standard Lenses: Yashica lens DSB 50 mm f/1.9, Yashica Lens ML 50 mm f/1.7, Yashica Lens ML 50 mm f/1.4, Yashica Lens ML 55 mm f/1.2 (each with automatic diaphragm). 
  • Lens Mount: Contax/Yashica mount 
  • Negative Size: 24 x 36 mm 
  • Shutter: Electronically controlled horizontal run focal plane shutter. Shutter speeds automatically varied between 4 sec. and 1/1000 sec. at AUTO setting; 1 - 1/1000 sec. manual shutter speed settings. Also bulb setting (B) and flash synchronization setting (^t) Direct X hot shoe and X sync terminal on camera body. 
  • Self Timer: Built-in lever type; releases in approx. 7 sec. 
  • Shutter Release: Feather-touch electromagnetic release; release socket on camera body for auxiliary shutter release. 
  • Exposure Meter: TTL aperture-preferred fully automatic exposure control with manual override. Center-weighted full aperture light metering via SPA cell. 
  • Exposure Check Button: Push button type with slide lock. Lock releases on film advance lever return. 
  • Exposure Range: Between EV 1 - 18 with f/1.4 standard lens using ASA 100 film. 
  • Exposure Compensation: +2 EV
  • ASA Film Speed Settings: ASA 12 - 3200 
  • Power Source: 6 V silver oxide battery (Eveready 544, Ucar 544, Mallory PX-28 or equivalent). 
  • Viewfinder: Through-the-lens reflex viewfinder; shows a field of approx. 92% of the actual picture area with an image magnification of 0.87X. Aperture and shutter speeds visible in the viewfinder; pointer exposure indicators, manual control indicator. 
  • Focusing Screen: Diagonal split-image center spot with microprism collar. 
  • Film Advance: 140° single-stroke or multiples stroke film advance lever advances exposure frame, sets exposure counter, charges the electronic shutter and unlocks the exposure check button. Sequential film advance up to 2 fps with optional Yashica Winder unit. 
  • Film Rewind: Via film rewind crank. 
  • Back Cover: Standard back opens via film rewind crank; interchangeability with Data Back. 
  • Other Features: Battery confirmation lamp illuminates exposure counter for viewing in the dark, lens release button, depth-of-field preview button, memo holder, multiple exposure capability. 
  • Size and Weight: 142.5 x 87 x 50 mm 660 grams (body only) 
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