Japan: YASHICA: 1960-1994:

Yashima Precision Works was founded in 1945. Their first cameras were TLRs, Twin eyed Lens Reflex cameras. They changed name to Yashicas in 1957. During the 60s, Yashica was building a name as quality camera builders. In 1974, Yashica started a cooperation with West-German Carl Zeiss company.

They took over production of the Contax cameras, and in 1975 they introduced the Contax RTS. It was a success, especially as Yashica also was given the possibility of using and developing Carl Zeiss optics for Contax and Yashica cameras. In 1983 the ceramic producer Kyocera took over Yashica/Contax and went on producing both brands. But during the 80s, sales were falling and Kyocera stopped producing Yashica PP SLRs in 1994. Kyocera/Contax would go on for another 11 years.

1960: Pentamatic:

Yashicas first PP SLR, the Pentamatic, presented 1i 1959, for sale from 1960. S/n: 66004691.
A foldable rewind crank inside the flash socket.

1966: Yashica TL-Super :

The TL-Super from 1966 was Yashicas first TTL camera, and became quite popular. S/N: 8727351.
Auto Yashinon DX 50/1,7 lens. A dent on the outer ring. Sn. 5719275.

1969: Yashica TL-Electro:

Yashica was the first camera with electronic light metering. A CdS meter (average) gave impulses via transistor circuit cards to red lamps in the viewer showing over/under exposure. Sn. 70301376.
Auto Yashinon DS 50/1,9.

1975: Contax RTS:

Produced for Zeiss Ikon from 1975. More to come..

This Contax RTS II Quartz was introduced in 1982. Sn. 177457.
As Yashica shared the same mount as Carl Zeiss, lenses could be mixed. Here a Yashica ML 50/1,7.
Shutter time dial to the left. Unusual. ISO settings to the right, where shutter times usually are found. But lay out was close to the trendsetting Asahi Pentax of 1975!
RTS II of 1982.

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13.10 | 09:36

There is no exact list of sn/year of production, but the first ones had 9xx xxx, close to 1 mill.That was late summer/autumn 1964. Yours is probably early 1965.

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13.10 | 03:56

who can tell me what year was asahi pentax spotmatic SP made 1054359

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10.10 | 00:26

Hi,
Some 10% of the different models were produced in black, so probably between 10`-15000 samples out of the 135000 S1a/H1a. Too many to be really rare.

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09.10 | 21:32

Hi, I have a black S1a with No. 658004, is it rare?
First time on your side, much to learn about Pentax.

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