Yashica FX-D
Yashica FX-D
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Description of Parts 4
Automatic Exposure 40
Lens Changing 8
Exposure Compensation 50
Installing Batter10
Manual Exposures
Battery Check 12
Flash Photography
Film Loading 16
Setting the Film Speed 22
Inside the Viewfinder 25
Focusing 30
Quartz Controlled Self-Timer
Accessories for the FX-D Quartz
Film Rewind 38
Release Socket/infrared Compensation
Shutter Speed Dial 34
Setting The Aperture
Camera Care
(1) Exposure Counter
(11) Film Rewind Crank
(2) Shutter Speed Dial
(12) Film Rewind Knob
(3) Electromagnetic Shutter Release
(13) Exposure Check Button
(4) Film Advance Lever
(14) (Auto Exposure) Lock Lever/Self-Timer
(5) Shutter Speed Index
(6) Accessory Shoe
(15) Self-Timer LED
(16) Lens Release Button
(7) Flash-Ready Signal Contact
(17) Focusing Ring
(8) Direct X Contact
(18) Aperture/Distance Scale Index
(9) Exposure Compensation Index
(19) Aperture Ring
(10) Film Speed Dial
(20) Aperture Mark
(29) Take-up Spool
(21) Lens Mount Index
(30) Camera Back
(23) Film Chamber
(31) Battery Compartment Cover
(24) Film Rewind Stud
(32) Tripod Socket
(25) Film-Speed-Dial Release Button
(33) Winder Coupling Terminal
(26) Viewfinder Eyepiece
(34) Film Rewind Release Button
(27) Cable Release Socket
(35) Film Drive Coupling
(28) Film Transport Sprocket
Mounting the Lens First remove the camera-body cap and then insert the lens mount into the camerabody mount, matching the red dot on the lens mount with that on the camera body. Then, gripping the
lens barrel firmly, turn the lens clockwise until it locks with a click, bringing the red dot on the camera
opposite the aperture/distance scale index.
Removing the Lens While pressing the lens release
button, turn the lens counterclockwise slightly and
remove it from the camera-body mount. Always keep
caps on the camera-body mount and the lens mount
when the lens is left off the camera. When using a lens
cap of the clip-on type, attach or remove it from the lens
by pressing in the two side-tabs.
· Avoid touching camera interior or lens surface with
your fingers.
· Avoid direct sunlight when removing or mounting the
lens with film loaded in the camera.
Batteries power all the camera's necessary functions including shutter system, exposure control, etc.
The FX-D Quartz will not operate without batteries.
Use two 1.5 V silver-oxide batteries (SR44, Eveready S76, Ucar S76, Mallory MS-76 or equivalent)
or alkaline manganese batteries (LR44 or equivalent).
1. Open the battery compartment cover on camera base
by turning it counterclockwise with a coin.
2. Insert two batteries into the battery holder according
to polarity diagram shown on the holder. Then replace
the holder in the battery compartment and firmly secure
the compartment cover.
To check battery condition, press the exposure check
button and note the LED (Light-emitting diode) display
in the viewfinder. When the batteries are good, the LEDs
will light steadily or flash at regular intervals as shown in
the illustration below. The FX-D Quartz is designed to
give you advance warning when the camera is about to
stop functioning due to weakened batteries. When the
batteries are weak, the normal lighting pattern will
change to that shown on the right side of the following
Batteries must be replaced--when the batteries are weak, causing the LEDs to flash in an erratic
pattern; or when the voltage drops below rated level, causing the LEDs to remain unlit even if the
battery check or shutter release button is pressed.
When the "AE-L" (AE Lock) mark is set on the index mark " ", the power is turned on and the LED
in the viewfinder flashes to warn that the AE Lock is operating. Switch the lock lever in this position,
power will continue to drain unless the lever is reset to the "o": mark. TO PREVENT
UNNECESSARY BATTERY DRAIN, always reset the lever to the "o" mark when AE lock
function is no longer needed.
Battery Precautions
· Batteries are apt to perform poorly in sub-zero temperatures, causing picture taking difficulties and
LED failure. Keep the camera as warm as possible and carry extra batteries just in case those in the
camera should fail. Batteries affected by such extreme temperatures will recover power after being
kept warm for a while.
· When installing batteries, wipe the cell cap and base clean. Oily residue on battery terminals could
cause poor electrical contact.
· Remove the batteries when the camera is not used for extended periods.
· Make it a rule to carry spare batteries with you on long trips.
· Do not throw batteries into a fire or attempt to take them apart. THIS IS DANGEROUS. Also keep
batteries out of reach of small children.
Always use a standard 35 mm film cartridge (12, 20, 24 or 36 exposure roll). Avoid direct sunlight
when loading film.
1. Open the camera back by pulling the film rewind
knob all the way out.
2. Place the film cartridge in the film chamber. Then,
push the rewind knob back in, turning it slightly until it
falls into position, if necessary.
3. Draw out the film leader and insert the tip into any
slot on the take-up spool.
4. Advance the film slightly with the film advance lever
until the perforations on both sides of the film engage
the sprocket teeth. If necessary, trip the shutter for blank
shots and keep advancing the film until both rows of
perforations engage the sprocket. Close the camera back
and press until it locks into place.
· Use one full stroke of the film advance lever to
advance the film. The electromagnetic shutter release
will not function unless the lever is given a full stroke.
The film advance lever is easier to operate if kept in the
standoff position (20° arc).
When taking blank exposures always be sure to remove the lens cap and point the camera toward a
bright area, or set the shutter speed dial to a fast shutter speed (1/1000, 1/500 sec., etc.). Reset the
shutter speed dial to AE after blank exposures have been made. Otherwise, excessively long exposures
will result, hindering film advance to the first exposure.
5. Unfold the rewind crank and turn it gently in the direction of the arrow to take up film slack.
6. Wind the film advance lever and trip the shutter alternately until the exposure counter reads "1".
Now you can start taking pictures. (Set the shutter speed dial to AE or manual mode.) If the film
rewind knob rotates in unison with the operation of the film advance lever, it means that the film is
feeding properly.
Exposure Counter
The exposure counter moves each time the film advance
lever is fully stroked, and automatically resets to
"S" (Start) when the camera back is opened, regardless
of whether the camera is loaded or not. The exposure
counter starts with "S", then "1", followed by even
numbers from "4" through "36". The odd numbers are
indicated by dots marked between the even numbers.
The orange-colored numbers "12", "20", "24" and "36"
correspond to the number of exposures in standard
35mm film cartridges.
While pressing the release button for the film speed dial,
turn the film speed dial until the ASA film speed
number for the film being used lines up with the index
mark "X1" (orange colored). Then, let go of the release
button and check to see that the dial is properly set on a
The film speed dial must be set to the speed of the
film loaded in the camera to insure proper exposure.
The ASA (or DIN) film speed rating is shown on the
film box.
Memo Holder with ASA/DIN Conversion Scale
To help you recall what kind of film is being used in the
camera, insert film box tab into the handy memo holder.
The holder can also be used for keeping notes and data.
The viewfinder of the FX-D Quartz, features TTL (through-the-lens) metering at full aperture for
bright, easy focusing. It also gives other essential information.
Split image Spot/Microprism Collar A convenient three-way system incorporating a horizontal splitimage spot in the center, surrounded by a microprism collar, and an outer matte field permits rapid,
sharp focusing.
Shutter Speed Scale The figures along the right side of the viewfinder indicate the various shutter
speeds. The black figures indicate speeds from 1/1000 second down to 1 second (for example, "1 " = 1
second, "2" = 1/2 second, ... "125" = 1/125 second, ... "1000" = 1/1000 second, etc.). The red "2"
represents 2 seconds; the red "LT", long exposures up to 11 seconds on AUTO; and "B", shutter
selector is on B (Bulb), or if selector is on AUTO, it indicates underexposure. "OVER" at the top of
the scale denotes overexposure.
LED Indicators When the exposure check button is depressed, one or more of the red LEDs (lightemitting diodes) to the right of the shutter speed scale will light steadily or flash to indicate the shutter
speed in use. The LEDs will remain lit for 10 seconds after releasing the exposure check button. The"
"mark at the top of the LED display lights green when the camera's exclusive CS-201 auto flash
unit is fully charged.
Focusing' with the FX D Quartz is done by using any element of its convenient three-way focusing
system consisting of a split-image spot, a microprism collar and an outer matte field.
Horizontal Split image Spot When using the split-image
spot to focus, turn the focusing ring until the top and bottom
halves of the image merge. If the image is out of focus, the
two halves will not merge.
Microprism Collar/Matte Field To focus with the
microprism collar, turn the focusing ring until the glittering
effect disappears from the collar area, giving you a sharp,
clear image when in focus. To focus with the outer matte
field, turn the focusing ring until the image appears sharp and
clear, free of any foggy effect.
· When using a lens of relatively small maximum
aperture (f/4 or slower), or when undertaking close-up
photography, the microprism collar and the split-image
spot are apt to darken, causing focusing difficulty. In
such a case, use the outer matte field for focusing.
Diopter Lens Special correction lenses are available for
those who find it difficult to focus with their eyeglasses
on. There are 8 types available: -5D (diopters), -4D, -3D, 2D, OD, + 1 D, + 2D, and + 3D. Choose the one suited to
your eyesight needs. These lenses should be used with an
accessory eyecup.
The shutter speed dial regulates the length of time the
light exposes the film plane. The dial is set by turning the
desired speed reading to the shutter speed index. The
shutter can not be used at intermediate settings.
"AE" (Automatic Exposure) In the AE mode, the
camera will give correct exposures by automatically
controlling the shutter speed for the prevailing aperture
setting and image brightness. To check the shutter speed
selected, press the exposure check button and note the
LED reading in the viewfinder.
"1000" to "1", "X" and "B" Settings The figures such as "1000", "60" and "1" represent 1/1000,
1/60 and 1 second respectively, and adjusting the dial at these figures will set the respective shutter
speeds. Light transmission is halved with each larger number (for example, from "125" to "250") on
the scale, and conversely is doubled with each smaller number. The "X" mark denotes flash
synchronization at 1/100 second. "B" stands for Bulb, which is used to make long exposures under
your control.
The aperture ring regulates the amount of light passing through the lens to the film plane. To set the
aperture, align the desired f/number on the ring with the aperture/distance scale index.
The amount of light transmission is halved with each
larger number (such as from "4" to "5.6") on the scale,
and conversely it is doubled with each smaller number.
The aperture also controls the depth of field, a lens
property giving you varying depth in the plane of focus
at different apertures. The aperture ring can be used at inbetween positions. Except for some special lenses, all
Yashica and Zeiss lenses feature automatic diaphragms.
The automatic diaphragm lens, when mounted on the
camera, remains at full aperture even when the aperture
setting is at minimum. When the shutter release is
pressed the lens stops down and reopens immediately
after wards.
When the exposure counter shows you have completed a roll of film, always be sure to rewind the film
before opening the camera back.
1. Press the film rewind release button on the base of the
camera. Continuous pressing is unnecessary as the button is
an automatically resetting type.
2. Unfold the film rewind crank and turn it in the direction
of the arrow. Keep turning until you feel a light resistance
shortly before the film comes off the take-up spool and
continue turning until the crank eventually rotates freely.
· If the film is wound beyond its last frame, it will be only
partially advanced. When this occurs, press the film rewind
release button and rewind the film. Avoid advancing the
film forcibly or you will tear the film.
Your FX-D Quartz is an aperture priority automatic
exposure camera. You merely set the lens aperture and
the camera will automatically select the correct shutter
speed for the prevailing lighting conditions. The correct
shutter speed is indicated by the LEDs in the viewfinder.
The camera features center-weighted metering at full
aperture, heavily weighted to measure the light in the
viewfinder center.
1. Set the Shutter Speed Dial on "AE"
Now your camera is ready to automatically select the
correct shutter speed using its electronically controlled
metering system.
2. Setting the Aperture
Turn the aperture ring to any desired f/stop. Use the
following table as a guide in selecting the appropriate f/
Lighting condition (Using ASA 100 Film)
Outdoors, bright sunlight
16,11, 8
Outdoors overcast
5.6, 4
Indoors or night photography
2.8, 2, 1.7, 1.4
2. Focusing and Composing Look through the viewfinder,
compose the picture, and focus using the split-image spot,
the microprism collar or the outer matte field.
Check the Exposure Center the subject in the viewfinder
and press the exposure check button. If the LED light
against any of the readings from "1000" through "LT", the
indicated shutter speed will give you the correct exposure.
If two LEDs light up simultaneously, the shutter will
operate at an intermediate shutter speed between those
indicated by the two numbers. (For further details, refer to
the section on "Exposure Check" shown below.)
Press the Shutter Release to Take Picture If the shutter
release is held down after the shutter has tripped, an LED
will light to indicate the shutter speed that was used for the
exposure. And it will remain lit while the finger is pressing
down on the shutter release.
Shooting at Particular Shutter Speeds Although FX-D
Quartz is an aperture-priority automatic exposure camera, it
can also be used on shutter priority mode to shoot at any
particular shutter speed. Press the exposure check button
and turn the aperture ring until the LED indicator opposite
the desired shutter speed lights, then press the shutter
<Exposure Check> When the exposure check
button is depressed, the red LEDs in the viewfinder
will light to indicate the correct exposure, or flash to
warn of overexposure (with an audible warning) or
underexposure. The LEDs will remain lit for 10
seconds upon release of the exposure check button.
However, if the shutter is released while the LEDs
are lit, they will go off after the exposure has been
When Any LED Lights from "1000" Through "LT" exposure will be correct and you may shoot
immediately. If one LED lights, the shutter will operate at the speed indicated on the scale. When 2
LEDs light simultaneously, an intermediate shutter speed between the two indicated speeds will be
used. If "30" or a slower speed is indicated, there is a danger of camera movement when hand-held
exposures are made. In this case, use an aperture that will give a reading above "30", or use a tripod or
other means of steadying the camera during exposure.
When the LED in the "Over" Position
Flashes the camera is warning of
overexposure. At the same time, an audible
warning will sound. Since the light is too
bright, turn the aperture ring until "1000" or a
lower number is indicated (and the audible
warning stops) before shooting. If the LED
continues to flash in the "Over" position and
the audible warning persists even after you
have stopped down the aperture ring to its
limit, use a neutral density filter (a light
reduction filter) to reduce light transmission.
When the LED in the "B" Position Flashes
the camera is warning of underexposure. Turn
the aperture ring to a wider lens aperture until
"LT" or a faster shutter speed is indicated
before shooting. (At "LT" or under 1/30 sec.
position, the use of a tripod is recommended.)
If the LED in the "B" position still flashes
even after you have opened the aperture fully,
switch to flash photography.
When shooting against the light or photographing against a window or other bright background, the
main subject will tend to be underexposed using the auto exposure system. Conversely, with
spotlighted and other intensely lit subjects, the subject will be overexposed. To overcome lighting
problems of this nature as a effectively as possible, your FX-D Quartz features a choice of two
exposure compensation methods: the AE lock lever, and the exposure compensation scale. Both
methods are also useful for intentional over and under-exposure for special effects photography in
addition to exposure compensation.
<Using the AE (Automatic Exposure) Lock Lever>
Set the AE lock lever by aligning the "AE-L" mark with the orange-colored " " index mark. The
shutter speed in effect when the AE lock lever is set remains stored in the camera's memory system,
and the LED in the viewfinder flashes to indicate that shutter speed. When the shutter release is
pressed, the shutter releases at the memory-stored shutter speed. When the "o" mark on the lock lever
is reset to the "
10 seconds.
" index mark, the memory will be cleared and the LED system will stay lit for about
· To avoid battery drain, always return the AE lock lever to the "o" (orange-colored) mark after using
the AE lock function.
Examples Using the AE lock For example, suppose the
background is excessively bright and you wish to photograph a
subject at the side of the picture. Your subject will be
underexposed as shown in photo (1) if you take the picture
using the correct exposure indicated by the camera. In this case,
either center the finder on the subject and set the AE lock, or
walk up to the subject, take a direct exposure reading at close
range and then set the AE lock. Then resume your camera
angle, frame your subject as desired and obtain a properly
exposed photo of your subject as shown in photo (2).
Once the shutter speed is locked in, it remains locked in until the AE lock is released. Thus, when
using a winder to take sequential photos of a moving subject as shown in photo (3), lock in the
exposure reading and release the shutter for properly exposed photos regardless of changes in
background brightness. In situations which call for intuition and experience, such as bright
backgrounds, backlit subjects, and spotlighted subjects, you can easily obtain the correct exposure by
using the AE lock.
<Using the Exposure Compensations Scale> For normal
exposures in the AUTO mode, the ASA film speed value
of the film in use is locked at the "X1" setting. To set the
exposure compensation: depress the film speed dial release
button, turn the dial until the speed value of the film in use
lines up with the desired compensation scale reading. The
exposure compensation scale can be used at intermediate
settings and can be click-stopped in 1/3 increments
between scale readings.
* Always reset the ASA speed value for the film being used to "X1" when exposure compensation is
no longer_ needed.
· At some film speeds, exposure compensation settings cannot be used, as indicated in the table as
follows (these settings exceed the camera's ASA film speed range).
Values "2" and "4" Increase the Amount of Exposure
In situations such as shooting against the light or where your subject is back-lit by a bright sky or
beach scene, or when you want to overexpose intentionally, set the dial at "2" or "4". The "2" setting
corresponds to a change of one f-stop, and the "4" to two f-stops.
Values "1/2" and "1/4" Decrease the Amount of Exposure
In situations where the background is dark because of spotlighting of the subject or where you want to
underexpose intentionally, set the dial to "1/2" or "1/4". The "1/2 " setting corresponds to a change of
one f-stop, and the "1/4" to two f-stops.
The FX-D Quartz can a/so be used in the manual
mode for shooting at a desired shutter speed,
exposures at the B setting, and flash photography at X
with flash units other than the camera's exclusive CS201 Auto Flash. For manual exposure, turn the
shutter speed dial from the AE setting to the desired
manual shutter speed number. In the manual mode,
the shutter speed selected will be indicated by a
flashing LED inside the viewfinder. Intermediate
shutter speed settings cannot be used.
1. Turn the shutter dial to the desired manual shutter
speed setting.
2. Press the exposure check button. The LED will
flash at the shutter speed selected on the shutter speed
dial, while a second LED will steadily light at the
camera's recommended shutter speed for the aperture
setting in effect. For correct exposure, turn the
aperture ring until the flashing and steadily lit LEDs
3. Now only the flashing LED will be on to indicate
correct exposure. Frame your subject, focus and release
the shutter. If you wish to shoot at a preset aperture in the
manual mode, reverse the procedure: turn the shutter dial
until the flashing LED merges with the steadily on LED. If
two steadily lit LEDs remain on, you will have to slightly
adjust the f-number for the correct exposure.
"B" (Bulb) Photography For long exposures of night
scenes and astrophotography, set the shutter speed dial to
the B setting. The shutter will remain open as long as the
shutter release button is depressed, so it will be necessary
to use a tripod or other support, and the exclusive Contax
Cable Switch S (optional accessory), to prevent camera
When shooting indoors or at night, or when fill-in lighting is needed for daylight shooting, an auto
flash or flash bulb unit can be used to great advantage.
CS-201 Auto Flash unit
In the AUTO mode, you can use the CS-201 Auto Flash unit
with the FX-D Quartz for automatic flash photography at a
recommended aperture. With the auto flash unit set at AUTO,
the camera automatically switches to the synchro shutter speed
of 1/100 sec., lights up the "an" mark in the viewfinder and
flashes the LED at the 1/125 second mark when the flash unit
is fully charged, letting you know electronically that the
camera is ready for flash shooting. Automatic exposure mode
is in operation when the flash unit is turned to "OFF" or when
the flash unit is in the process of charging. For detailed
operating instructions, refer to the instruction booklet which
accompanies the CS-201 Auto Flash unit.
Other Flash Units When other flash units are used
with the FX-D Quartz, set the shutter speed dial to
"X" (shutter releases at 1/100 sec. but LED flashes at
"125" in the viewfinder) or to a shutter speed of 1/60
sec. or slower. The necessary information displayed
inside the viewfinder is the same as for manual
operation. To determine the flash exposure, follow the
instructions accompanying the flash unit.
· The FX-D Quartz has direct contact type connection
for electronic flash and flash bulb units of the cordless
· With flash bulbs (FP, M and ME types), a shutter
speed of 1/30 sec. or slower is recommended.
When you wish to include yourself in a group or
special occasion picture, use the handy quartz selftimer. The FX-D Quartz has an electronically
controlled two-way audiovisual wafting that beeps
and flashes to let you know not only when the selftimer is on but also when it is about to release the
1. First focus the camera, then set the "S-T" mark
on the AE lock lever to the "I" index mark. The
lock lever can be set either before or after
advancing the film.
2. Check to see that the film has been advanced
and then press the shutter release. The camera will
start beeping and the self-timer LED will start
flashing and will continue to do so for ten seconds
before the shutter is tripped. To warn you that the
shutter is about to be released, the audio-visual
signals accelerate 2 seconds before shutter release.
When you have finished using the self-timer, always be sure
to reset the AE LOCK LEVER to the "o" mark. If the lever
is left in the "S-T" position, the camera will continue
operating in the self timer mode.
· Even after the self-timer has been set in motion, it can be
interrupted at any time in the interim by shifting the lock
lever to "AE-L" or to "o".
· When taking pictures with the eye away from the viewfinder eyepiece, such as when the self-timer or
any remote control device is being used, you should cover the eyepiece with the accessory eyecup to
prevent extraneous light from entering through the eyepiece. As shown in the photograph, you can
attach the accessory eyecup, slide it up and then fold it back so as to block the light from reaching the
eyepiece. An alternate method is to look through the viewfinder at the scene to be photographed, and
set to the AE lock.
Release Socket
This may be used to attach remote control devices
such as the Cable Switch S. Infrared Controller S.
Radio Controller, etc., or as a contact for
connecting the Auto Bellows or the RTF 540 Auto
Flash unit. The socket receives electrical signals
from these accessories which are used to operate
the shutter
· Do not connect an ordinary cable release
(mechanically operated type) to this release socket
as this can cause damage to the socket device.
Infrared Compensation Mark
With infrared film (and a red filter) it is necessary
to correct for the infrared rays used for focusing.
Both Yashica ML and Zeiss To lenses have an
infrared compensation mark (R index) on the
depth-of-field scale on the lens barrel (Zeiss
Mirotar lenses and some Yashica lenses do not
have this mark because they do not require any
correction). First use the normal focusing
procedure, then turn the focusing ring until the
distance at which you have focused is opposite the
red compensation mark.
One property of lenses is that when they are focused on a
certain subject, not only the subject itself, but all objects in a
certain range in front and in back of the subject will be
nearly enough in focus to appear sharp to the unaided eye.
This range is called the depth-of-field. The depth-of-field of
a given lens varies, as follows:
(1) If the aperture is stopped down the depth-of-field
increases; if the aperture is opened up the depth-of-field
(2) As distance to the subject increases, depth-of-field
increases; as distance to the subject decreases, depth-of-field
(3) The depth-of-field is greater behind the subject on which the lens is focused than in front of it.
Different lenses have different depth-of-field limits. A lens of short focal length has greater depth-offield at any set distance than a lens of long focal length.
Depth-of-Field Scale The actual depth-of-field of a
lens is shown by a scale on the lens. In the example
shown in the photograph below, when a standard 50
mm f/1.7 lens is focused at 5 meters with an aperture of
f/16 in use, objects at distances between the two "16"
figures on the depth-of-field scale, in this case from
about 2.7 meters to infinity, will be nearly enough in
focus to appear sharp to the naked eye.
FX Winder A compact, automatic film
winder of the grip type developed as
standard accessory for the FX-D quartz.
The winder has a maximum speed of 2
frames-per-second (1/60 to 1/1000 sec.)
and synchronizes with all shutter
speeds. Its front-mounted grip is
designed to provide greater ease of
operation and handling, and better
holding balance during shooting.
CS-201 Auto Flash Unit The CS-201 is an auto
flash unit specially designed for use on the FXD Quartz providing a guide number of 20 (ASA
100, on the metric system). Merely set the
camera and the auto flash unit on "AK" and
"AUTO" respectively. When the unit is charged,
the camera will automatically switch to the
synchro shutter speed, and the red LED display
and the "I" mark in the viewfinder will flash and
light steadily to let you know that the flash unit
is ready for shooting. When taking pictures on
auto flash, setting the lens aperture at f/4 (using
film of ASA 100) will automatically give you
the proper amount of light at distances from
about 1 meter to 5 meters.
Type: 35 mm single-lens reflex with aperture preferred automatic exposure.
Image size: 24 x 36 mm.
Lens mount: Contax/Yashica large-diameter bayonet mount.
Shutter: Electronically controlled vertical-running, all-metal focal plane shutter.
Shutter speeds: Quartz-timed electronically-controlled shutter with speeds semi-continuously
variable on AUTO from 1/1000 to 1 seconds. Manual shutter speeds from 1/1000 sec. to 1 sec., plus X
(1/100 sec.) and "B" Synchro contact: X contact (1/100 sec.).
Auto flash control: When used with CS-201 Auto Flash Unit, shutter speed automatically set at
1/100 sec. upon full charging of the flash unit.
Self-timer: Quartz-timed electronic self-timer with 10 sec. delay. LED flashes and audible warning
device sounds during operation, simultaneously accelerating 2 sec. before shutter release.
Shutter release: Electromagnetic release system; auxiliary remote release via "Release socket".
Exposure control: Through-the-lens (TTL), center-weighted metering at full aperture using SPD
(Silicon Photo Diode) cell. Aperture-preferred automatic exposure (LED matching type on Manual).
EV 1 to EV 18 sensitivity range at ASA 100 with f/1.4 lens. ASA range 25--1600.
Exposure check button: Pressing button activates LED indicators for ten sec.
AE lock: Setting AE lock lever locks in shutter speed in effect at time of setting.
Exposure compensation: + 2 EV (Doubles as film speed dial).
Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism type; field shows 95% of picture area; 0.86 magnification
(with 50 mm lens)
Focusing screen: Horizontal split-image spot, surrounded by a microprism collar and an outer matte
Viewfinder display: Shutter speeds indicated by 16-indicator LEDs (correct exposure on AUTO;
exposure selected on Manuals; over- and under-exposure indications; special mark shows when flash
is fully charged; battery check warning.
Film advance: With rapid advance lever; 130° setting angle; 20° standoff position.
Winder: Accepts Contax 139 Winder II.
Film rewind: Film rewind crank and film rewind release button (automatic resetting type).
Exposure counter: Automatic resetting type.
Accessory shoe: Direct X contact, and terminal for coupling CS-201 Auto Flash Unit.
Camera back: Opens by lifting film rewind knob; with memo holder.
Power source: Two 1.5 V silver-oxide batteries (Eveready S76, Ucar S76, Mallory MS-76 or
equivalent); or alkaline-manganese batteries (LR44 or equivalent)
Battery check: Indicated via lighting or flashing of LEDs inside the viewfinder.
Dimensions: 135 x 86 x 50 mm.
Weight: 460 grams with batteries.
· The above specifications and design are subject to change without notice.
· Excessive heat may adversely affect the film, batteries or camera system and result in improper
exposure. Avoid leaving the camera in direct sunlight, glove or trunk compartment, rear-seat shelf of
cars and other hot areas. If the camera has been exposed to excessive heat, allow it to cool to normal
temperature before use.
· Salt air, sand, dirt and other foreign matter will damage the camera's internal system if allowed to
penetrate inside. Take care to keep the camera clean when using it at the seashore or in sandy areas.
Shocks from dropping or bumping are another major cause of camera malfunction. Always handle
your camera with great care to ensure years of trouble-free operation.
· Avoid touching the lens, viewfinder eyepiece and other glass surfaces with your fingers. Blow dust
and dirt away from these surfaces with a blower/brush, or wipe gently with a soft cloth (after
brushing) if necessary. Clean smudges and smears on lens and mirror surfaces with high quality lenscleaning solution and tissue. Always take extra care in cleaning the lens and mirror surfaces to avoid
· Sudden and frequent changes in temperature could lead to corrosion of electrical contacts and cause
other malfunctions. When shooting in cold or hot areas, avoid extreme temperature changes as much
as possible.
· Make it a point to always check the camera functions before taking pictures (travel, wedding,
business photos, etc.).
· It should be noted that when print films are processed, standard service-size prints will show an area
slightly less than that seen on the negative.
Note on Filter Usage When certain brands of commercially available filters are used with Zeiss To
and Yashica ML lenses, there is a possibility of vignetting (image cut-off of the picture area). For this
reason, we strongly recommend the use of Contax and Yashica brand filters with all Yashica and
Zeiss lenses used on your camera.
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