I have an opportunity to trade my Agfa Isolette for a Yashica Lynx 14E ( I call it the poor man’s Summilux ). To commence the trade, we both sent each other our cameras so that the other could try it out and see if we thought it was fair. This is the test roll from the Yashica Lynx 14 E. Let me give you a run down of the camera from what I can see.
Yashica Lynx 14 E (IC)
- 35mm Range finder
- Yashinon-DX 45mm; 7 Elements in 5 Groups.
- f1.4 – f16; 5 Blades, No Clicks.
- Copal SVE Shutter B – 1/500 X / M Sync at all speed via plug, Mechanical.
- 2x LR52 Battery powers the off the lens meter via a switch.
- Over and Under Exposure Lights inside the view finder at the top.
- ISO Range 10-800
- RF is Parallax Corrected
- That pretty much covers the camera.
Tri X @ 800 with Xtol 1+2 Rotary
- Metering lights inside the RF are very easy to read. They light up with the words Under or Over, with arrows. (But, who really needs the meter anyway?)
- This camera likes to be shot towards f1.4, it does not like f16 that much. Just like most fast lens. (Photo Quality)
- The lens itself is huge, with a 58mm thread. However, its a lot easier to find a 58mm filter vs. the 43.5mm for my Olympus 35RC.
- RF is dimmer than I imagined it should be, but that doesn’t say much, so it really is average. I imagine in order to take advantage of the f1.4 lens, the RF would have to be brighter than usual.
- Camera is quite big overall, however, it fits comfortably in my hands.
- Shutter release is very soft, less chance for hand-shake.