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Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 - $135 (Farmingville NY)

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Yashica
model name / number: FX-3 Super 2000

The FX-3's controls are pretty standard. The main dial on top is used to set the ISO and select the shutter speed.


The FX-3 compared to the compact Olympus OM-2. The Yashica is a few millimeters thicker, but considerably lighter than the Olympus.

The FX-3 has two main virtues. First, it's simple to use and, second, it's very lightweight. With its 50mm lens it tips the scales at 588 grams (19 ounces), which makes it the lightest SLR in my collection. As for ease of use, the FX-3 is a pretty typical all-manual camera. The shutter dial is on the top plate next to the film advance lever, and the aperture control is on the lens. Shutter speeds go all the way up to 1/2000 second (hence the "Super 2000" designation). Metering information is presented via a trio of LEDs visible in the viewfinder. A red minus symbol (-) means you're under exposed, a red plus (+) means overexposed, and a green light means you're okay. Green and plus means slightly over exposed, green and minus means slightly under. Simple and quick.

The camera utilizes two, readily available LR-44 batteries for the metering system. That means that if the batteries die, you can still use the camera with the Sunny 16 rule. That's one of the great virtues of a fully manual, mechanical camera. And for those more acquainted with the battery consumption habits of digital cameras, it's probably worth pointing out out that tiny batteries in cameras like the FX-3 usually last more than a year.

Like many SLRs, the Yashica has a mirror-lock-up built into the self-timer. So, when you engage the self-timer and press the shutter release, the first thing that happens is the reflex-mirror goes up. By the time the shutter fires (10 seconds later), the mirror-slap vibrations have long since died off. I really like this implementation and wonder why all cameras don't do it this way.
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