Yashica M42 system

Discontinued

Yashica Penta J

35mm MF film SLR camera

Also known as: Yashica Reflex 35
Announced: 1961
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Yashica J-3

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1962
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: Through the separate window

Yashica J-5

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1964
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Yashica J-P

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1964
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Yashica J-4

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1965
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm

Yashica TL-Super

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1966
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)

Yashica J-7

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1968
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through the separate window

Yashica TL

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1968
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)

Yashica TL Electro X

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1969
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Electronically controlled
Speeds: 2 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 151x96x96.4mm
Weight: 1050g

Yashica TL-E

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1969
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)

Yashica TL Electro X ITS

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1970
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Electronically controlled
Speeds: 2 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 151x100x96.4mm
Weight: 1070g

Yashica Electro AX

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1972
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Electronically controlled
Speeds: 8 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes: Aperture-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions: 148x97x96mm
Weight: 1020g

Yashica TL-Electro

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1972
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)

Yashica FFT

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1973
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 144.5x94x94mm
Weight: 885g

Yashica Penta J

35mm MF film SLR camera

Also known as: Yashica Reflex 35
Announced: 1961
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Yashica J-3

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1962
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: Through the separate window

Yashica J-5

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1964
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Yashica J-P

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1964
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Yashica J-4

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1965
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm

Yashica TL-Super

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1966
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)

Yashica J-7

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1968
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through the separate window

Yashica TL

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1968
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)

Yashica TL Electro X

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1969
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Electronically controlled
Speeds: 2 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 151x96x96.4mm
Weight: 1050g

Yashica TL-E

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1969
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/2 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)

Yashica TL Electro X ITS

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1970
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Electronically controlled
Speeds: 2 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 151x100x96.4mm
Weight: 1070g

Yashica Electro AX

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1972
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Electronically controlled
Speeds: 8 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes: Aperture-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions: 148x97x96mm
Weight: 1020g

Yashica TL-Electro

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1972
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)

Yashica FFT

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1973
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 144.5x94x94mm
Weight: 885g

A system comprising two camera lines and an extensive range of M42 screw-mount lenses, from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto and telephoto zooms. The J-series cameras had a mechanical shutter, and exposure metering was performed not through the lens, but using a special window exposure meter, which was either built into the camera or mounted additionally. Starting with the TL series, TTL exposure metering appeared, and most TL Electro models received an electronically controlled shutter. All cameras of the system performed stop down exposure metering. The Electro AX also added aperture priority automatic exposure metering.

Camera lineup

Adaptation to digital SLR cameras

For information on adapting lenses of this system to digital SLR cameras, please refer to the dedicated article.

M42 mount lens lineup

Lenses found: 49
Ultra-wide angle prime lenses
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DS 20mm F/3.3Pro
Yashica Yashinon-DX 21mm F/3.3Non-retrofocusPro
Yashica Yashinon-DS 21mm F/3.3Non-retrofocusPro
Wide-angle prime lenses
Yashica Auto Yashinon DS-M 24mm F/2.8
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DS 28mm F/2.8
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 28mm F/2.8
Yashica Auto Yashinon DS-M 28mm F/2.8
Yashica Auto Yashicor 28mm F/2.8
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 35mm F/2.8
Yashica Super Yashinon-R 35mm F/2.8
Yashica Super Yashinon-DX 35mm F/2.8
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DS 35mm F/2.8
Yashica Auto Yashinon DS-M 35mm F/2.8
Yashica Auto Yashicor 35mm F/2.8
Standard prime lenses
Yashica Auto Yashinon 50mm F/2
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 50mm F/2
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DS 50mm F/2
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DS 50mm F/1.9
Yashica Auto Yashinon DS-M 50mm F/1.7
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DS 50mm F/1.7
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 50mm F/1.7
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 50mm F/1.4
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DS 50mm F/1.4
Yashica Auto Yashinon DS-M 50mm F/1.4
Yashica Auto Yashinon 55mm F/1.8
Short telephoto prime lenses
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 100mm F/2.8
Medium telephoto prime lenses
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 135mm F/2.8
Yashica Super Yashinon-DX 135mm F/2.8
Yashica Super Yashinon-R 135mm F/2.8
Yashica Auto Yashinon DS-M 135mm F/2.8
Yashica Auto Yashicor 135mm F/2.8
Yashica Super Yashinon-R 200mm F/4.5
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 200mm F/4
Yashica Auto Yashinon DS-M 200mm F/4
Yashica Auto Yashicor 200mm F/3.5
Super telephoto prime lenses
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 300mm F/5.6Pro
Yashica Super Yashinon-R 300mm F/5.5Pro
Yashica Super Yashinon-R 400mm F/6.3Pro
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 400mm F/5.6Pro
Yashica Reflex Yashinon 500mm F/8
Yashica Reflex Yashinon-DX 500mm F/5
Yashica Super Yashinon-R 600mm F/8Pro
Yashica Super Yashinon-R 800mm F/8Pro
Yashica Reflex Yashinon 1000mm F/11
Telephoto zoom lenses
Yashica Auto Yashinon 45-135mm F/3.5
Yashica Auto Yashinon 75-230mm F/4.5
Yashica Yashinon-R 75-230mm F/4.5
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 80-160mm F/4
Yashica Yashinon-R 90-190mm F/5.8

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