6x6 Medium Format Cameras

From left to right: Agfa Isolette II Folding, Yashica Mat 124G TLR, Yashica D TLR and Mamiya C220 TLR


Yashica Mat 124G TLR

This 6x6 camera is the newest model that Yashica released of the Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) type. It has a built-in night meter but is not always accurate. It has the best lens set of the series, the Yashinon 80mm f3.5, which produces very sharp photos. Has the Copal-SV shutter that has B-1/500s speed range with a self timer. The nice thing about this camera is that it has a single crank that advances the film to the next frame and simultaneously cocks the shutter.



Above: Yashica Mat 124G; Fuji Acros 100 HC110 B



Yashica D TLR

This camera is the older model of the one above. The main difference is that you manually advance the film and cock the shutter separately. The lenses are Yashikor 80mm f3.5 which is the model just below the Yashinon's, it still produces very sharp images.



Above: Picture of the viewfinder (ground glass) on the Yashica D. The left and right is reversed in TLR's.


Above: Yashica D; Fuji Acros 100 HC110 B; At Encanto Park



Mamiya C220 TLR

This camera is unique because if its interchangable lens sets. There are wide angle and telephoto lenses available although sometimes pricey. The only lens set I have for it is the Mamiya-Sekor 80mm f2.8 with the Seikosha-S shutter attached (B-1/500s). Also, the camera can focus up to 6in away from the subject because of the extended bellows! The only downside is that the camera is bigger and heavier than the Yashica models.



Above: Mamiya C220 80mm; Fuji Acros 100 HC110 B



Agfa Isolette II Folding 6x6

This camera is the simplest and most basic you can get. You must guess the focus since there is only a viewfinder. The camera does not automatically space the frames as in the cameras above... you utilize a red window in the camera back and wind till you see the next frame number printed on the backing paper. The camera does fold really compact and fits in a large pocket (not possible with the others). The lens is a Agfa Apotar 85mm f4.5 attached to a Compur-Rapid shutter with B-1/500s speeds. For such a small camera, the pictures are still pretty sharp (although I think the Yashica D produces slightly sharper images).




Above: Agfa Isolette II; Kodak Tri-X 400 HC110 B




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