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    Timing is Everything

    I remember my first 35mm SLR camera. It was a Yashica FX-3 with a 50mm f1.4 lens. Totally manual, it just needed a couple of watch batteries for the light meter. Got it in 1982. It's what I learned on.

    Then I got busy with life. And lent the camera to my mother for something or other. Somehow it got trashed. I moved on. Forgot about it.

    Today I was looking around the top shelf of my closet. You know that spot, way up there and in the back, where there can't possibly be anything good.

    The mystery box had a little bit of weight to it. I was very surprised when I opened it up. There sat my camera, in absolutely mint condition. Then the memory came back to me, of going to the store and buying the replacement body after the original got trashed. It cost $79.00, and it was the newer model, a Yashica FX-3 Super 2000. It appears to be working perfectly.

    Looking around on the net, it appears not have lost any significant value.

    I had intended to purchase some sort of 50mm lens for my M6 this week, because it's just wrong to have as much gear as I do and not have a 50mm lens.

    Now all I have to buy is a couple of watch batteries.

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    Mazel tov! That's a pretty cool camera- check out what Camerapedia says about it:

    One of the camera's greatest attributes is that it will accept all manual-focus Yashica / Contax lenses, including the superb Carl Zeiss T* lenses intended for the Contax line.
    Sweet!

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    Re: Timing is Everything

    That Fx-3 is a fab camera - I had one of them and really loved it . . . but I don't think it's in a box anywhere!

    Enjoy . . .

    Just this guy you know

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    Well I got new batteries and the light meter still doesn't work. No biggie, I have a little Sekonic and I am not afraid of the sunny 16 rule. Test roll gets shot tomorrow.

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    Ok now the shutter doesn't close. I just know the camera repair shop is going to want more to fix it than it's actually worth. So I'm moving on.

    I just did something I should have done a long time ago: I ordered a "like new" Canon EOS film body from KEH since I already have more EF lenses than I can carry.

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    Re: Timing is Everything

    Quote Originally Posted by tokengirl View Post
    Ok now the shutter doesn't close. I just know the camera repair shop is going to want more to fix it than it's actually worth. So I'm moving on.

    I just did something I should have done a long time ago: I ordered a "like new" Canon EOS film body from KEH since I already have more EF lenses than I can carry.
    Bummer about the FX-3.

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    Re: Timing is Everything

    Send it to Mark Hamma...if anyone can free it up, it's him.
    Don't trash the FX-3...
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