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Did we ask? – Unpacking the new Yashica MF-2 Super

So the brand new Yashica has simply funded this MF-2 Tremendous on the final minute. Gone are the heady days of launching the Y35 retro digital digicam when the corporate has raised greater than 12 occasions the funding it wants.

However the MF-2 is a unique proposition. It’s a actual 35mm digicam in contrast to the delicate rechargeable disposable MF-1. I’d say it’s the digicam they need to have launched with out the Y35. However I'm undecided the world wants it.

The Y35 has amassed greater than HK $ 10 million for funding overshadowing the purpose of HK $ 800,000. Subsequent tasks haven’t been as profitable. The very fragile Lo-Fi MF-1 reported over HK $ 45,000 above its $ 100,000 purpose.

Yashica Y35 with 1600 ISO DigiFilm moduleYashica Y35 with 1600 ISO DigiFilm module

The MF-2 struggled and appeared to be unfunded a couple of days earlier, however mysterious donors confirmed up on the final minute and exceeded it by $ 7,455 over the 100,000 goal line. HK $ (about £ 74 GBP).

As I’ve stated on a number of events, the New Yashica have burned their bridges with the Y35. A digicam condemned by some even earlier than it was constructed and which has failed to answer many unrealistic exceptions. The MF-1 was the most effective toy digicam for disposable / rechargeable battlefields.

Enter the brand new MF-2 Tremendous

It’s one thing extra and I feel the corporate would have been higher positioned to have launched it first.

New (L) and old (R) versions of Yashica MF-2 SuperNew (L) and outdated (R) variations of Yashica MF-2 Tremendous

It is a unusual copy of the unique MF-2 Tremendous. At first look, it appears an identical. The truth is, they acknowledge it on the field by labeling it because the MF-2 Tremendous reasonably than simply MF-2 based on the kickstarter (necessary as a result of there may be an MF-2 which is barely higher specified). The unique and the brand new MF-2 Tremendous have the identical primary specs, however there are some adjustments.

Corresponding specs

They’re each fastened flash cameras at Konica POP class. They’re each outfitted with a 38mm 1: Three.eight lens. The brand new MF-2 confirms a Three-element lens in Three teams and the outdated one was additionally to be of this triplet configuration. The brand new MF-2 confirms a focal vary of 1.5 m to infinity, which some customers have estimated to be the case for the outdated one.

Old (L) and new MF-2 SuperPrevious (L 1980) and new (R 2020) Yashica MF-2 Tremendous

Each have a 1/125 fastened shutter and so they have 2 aperture settings. With the flash on f / Three.eight and with out someplace round f / eight to f / 11. These figures would suggest a focal vary near greater than 3m to 1.5m

They’ve a easy low gentle warning system that shows new gentle within the viewfinder. That is associated to a single pair of DX pins in each cameras. That is used to detect you probably have loaded ISO 400 movie, in any other case the default sensor is ISO 100 for low gentle. This method does nothing however help you activate the manually triggered flash. The brand new model handbook means that the flash is nice at 2-4m at ISO 100 (2.5-6m at ISO 400) suggesting a GN of 11.four (m / 100ISO).

2 AA batteries energy the flash and dim lighting system.

There’s a clear body line within the viewfinder which is an inexpensive dimension

Look and construct high quality

A number of plastic right here, however at the least it's matte black. The fashion of the good apes of the 1970s however with a curious bulge evoking a motor wind.

The Creaky rear doors of the Yashica MF-2 SuperThe Creaky rear doorways of the Yashica MF-2 Tremendous. New (L) and 1980 (R)

Probably the most strong feeling isn't both, and I had issues with the unique's battery compartment. The 2 squeak a bit on the door of the movie. However the Kyocera period feels a bit heavier (230gms versus 212gms with out battery however with cap) and extra stable.

The shutter clicks louder and glad on the outdated one (though some choose the brand new, quieter model). The twisty motion, whereas appropriate on the brand new one, simply doesn't really feel the identical as the unique. The sliding facet flash appears less expensive and doesn’t set up as the unique model does.

Different adjustments

Top plates of the two versions of Yashica MF-2 SuperHigh plates of the 2 variations of Yashica MF-2 Tremendous. Word that the 1980s (prime) have a mounting level for the cable)

On the prime, you shortly discover the absence of a cable level. Then you’ll discover that the lens barrel just isn’t threaded for the filters. So solely push them in (happily, though not described, this digicam matches completely with the unique 48mm cap).

Then there may be the purpose. Identical specification however coatings are completely different. You get much less coating reflections if you take a look at it, which suggests much less totally coated parts. I additionally don't understand how good the optical high quality is.

Behind the glass is the opposite change. Like many cameras within the class, the brand new model has a sliding Waterstone cease that strikes away if you activate the flash. The outdated one makes use of 2 opening blades. Whereas this can be a technically extra superior resolution, it means little sensible distinction

How is it that there aren’t any check pictures?

Look, he simply arrived in the beginning of my work week in the course of one of many worst Atlantic storms lately on the finish of winter in Scotland.

When it didn't rain on weekendsWhen it didn't rain on weekends

I wager the exhibit could have the identical issues as the unique – you want information and you need to belief the latitude of the movie. So count on some over / underexposed pictures. The optics stay to be seen in motion. They received't be horrible however are they above the category common like the unique? This ranged from Three to 10 m, which is the goal vary for this class,

Contents of the MF-2 field

The digicam is available in a easy, understated field with a handbook and a strap.

The digicam has not but been offered with the starter. If the worth is as described right here, it targets the Mythic model 100 USD (£ 76 GBP).

Unique MF-2 supers aren’t that frequent on eBay and promote for between £ 10 and £ 35

Alternate options to the MF-2 Tremendous

By way of what's in the marketplace, it's just about about itself as a brand new digicam. It’s positioned above single-use and rechargeable gadgets in addition to lomo cameras with plastic lenses just like the completely different iterations of the Diana. Additionally it is nicely under the specification of issues just like the Lomo LC-A +.

Lomography Diana MiniLomography Diana Mini – my true Love hate cam

The one related cameras are some Instax.

Fujifilm SQ6Fujifilm SQ6

After all, going second-hand is one other matter.

Is the MF-2 nice? Ideas for the second

This requires subject checks. The unique was really optically appropriate, however though it’s the identical specification of a lens, it doesn’t imply that it’s the identical factor . The optical coatings have a unique look and the standard of the otic has not but been examined.

Even when the digicam is identical, is there a marketplace for it?

That is nicely under the specs for high-end compact customers. The TLR / SLR Classic crowd and rangefinder will give him a cross. Is it too good (and costly) for the Lomo / lo-fi hordes?

And it’s a disgrace for me. If this digicam is nearly as good as the unique, then the New Yashica deserves a pat on the again. He introduced one thing again to the market. Sure, it could possibly be a thinner pastiche, similar to the LC-A +. Okay, there are higher classic cameras within the class (Goko UF, Konica POP, Olympus Supertrip) however nothing new.

Goko UFGoko UF – the identical DX detection configuration bar however so a lot better optically with a plastic lens

If the corporate had launched this primary, I doubt that there would have been as a lot ailing will. Yep purists would have snubbed it as a result of it wasn't a reinvented / sacrilege traditional however at the least that might be what folks would have anticipated. I doubt he would have raked his goal 12 occasions. However at the least it wouldn't have upset lots of people and wouldn't have shaken the goodwill of many on behalf.

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