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Yashica Minimatic-C
France Version française
Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2021-02-09 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1964 to (After) 1964.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1455

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Traduction de Manuel M

The Minimatic is a rangefinder camera apparently absent from French market. This one comes besides from Canada.

On the hood, there is a large window which makes think of that of a cell. In fact, it is the adjustment of the Asa/Din. A button rather voluminous, ringed of red, and located beside that of the shutter release, can be raised for then being turned. That made move a small needle in the window, opposite a scale Asa/Din.

The CdS cell is located around the LENS. The Copal shutter has a position “Auto”. One can suppose that in this position, speed and aperture are calculated. Out the position “Auto”, only the aperture can be selected. I do not see any indicationof the corresponding speed. Perhaps that this camera is very simple and that the shutter speed is unique or that the choice of the aperture has advantage only with a flash.

Moreover, the shutter is called exactly “Copal Unique”.

The lens is a Yashinon 2,8/4,5 cm.

Yashica Minimatic-C
N° PA 3052920