Camera Speed Dating – Yashica 44 LM 127 TLR

Those that know Nicole and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition problem. To remedy this but continue to try out ALL of the cameras we have decided to start borrowing cameras from our fellow camera enthusiasts instead of trying to purchase or hoard them all to ourselves. Not all are winners though and some are just easier or more fun to use but you have to shoot with them first to find out! Thus, we decided if we run a roll through every camera we are interested in, not unlike going on a 5 minute date with a bunch of strangers at a singles night, we can quickly see which are worthy of being added to our collection (or put on our list of “must haves.”) Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of a quick date with…the Yashica 44 LM 127 TLR.

A few quick facts about the Yashica 44 LM camera…first and foremost, it is an adorably small TLR that takes 127 film. A later version of the Yashica 44, the LM is most certainly a direct response to the 127 sized “Baby Rollei” produced in the late 1950s. The LM version having even more similarities to the Baby Rollei than its other 44 predecessors, such as the knob winder, the strap holder/hinge plates and even the inlay of the leatherette. Unlike the earlier versions of the 44 though, the LM has a selenium exposure metre on the front, giving it a bit of a different look. I really enjoyed using this camera. I found it very easy to focus and it has a lovely bright viewfinder. A friend once said to me that the surefire way to make something adorably cute is to make a smaller version of something else. He wasn’t wrong. This little Yashica is about as cute as TLR cameras come as far as I’m concerned and I suppose more importantly (some would say…haha) it takes great photos too. My only disappointment, as with all 127 cameras, is that it only takes 8 frames per roll. I’ll definitely cherish this little guy for years to come and can’t wait to take more photos with it! As it is the most easily aquired 127 film, I shot all this date on the Bluefire Murano. I do really love it’s tone! These photos seem to have a bit of a light leak, though I’m not convinced it is from the camera. It is more likely my film handling/loading skills that caused it. I’ll see how the next roll looks!

 

 

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