Yashica D – First 120mm Roll

Hello all,

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the new found freedom.

Recently I have been shooting on my 35mm camera and I’ve been looking for a while to find a new medium format camera which I can start shooting on, one which has more control than my Holga. I really loved the Holga, but adjusting the settings is a little ambiguous as you can’t really judge what impact they’ll have. I love the camera, but having a level of control for me is something that I need.

I’ve always really liked the Yashica D for a while, I initially wanted the Yashica Mat 124g, but finding one at a relatively low price point is hard as it’s a really great camera. The Yashica D is also great regardless and I got it for a lot cheaper than it’s usually retail price because I used eBay.

I liked the way that most of them turned out – some don’t quite have the focus right, but I like the lens on the Yashica-D, so I’ll be looking to dial that in future with future rolls. I was in Bristol for a month for an industry job – I passed this area a lot – I liked the natural landmarks, such as the cathedral, the trees and flags.

Overall I like the Yashica-D – I can’t wait to use it in the future as I try and transition into a more portrait stance. I like the glass, as I think it creates such a soft yet detailed picture, which I can’t wait to lean into with future projects.

For a camera I bought off eBay, it has achieved so much more than I thought it would, I really enjoyed using it and I can’t wait to keep using it in the future, I used Lomography Color Negative 100 ISO 120mm  and I really liked the results. I hope to use the camera for more portrait directed work soon. I would highly recommend this film for the vivid colour, definition and accessibility. Jake Baldwin processed my film and as always he did an incredible job and you can follow him on Instagram @jake11517.

Be present, enjoy things that you like.


Published by Adam Shafi

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