Week 1 : Yashica Mat 124G

I pulled out my first ‘real’ camera for this week, my Yashica Mat 124g.  When I first seriously picked up this hobby in 2013, the Yashica was the first film I bought since a point-n-shoot Nikon in the early 90s. I wanted to try some ‘near-IR’ shooting in the winter, just to see what look that brings to the table.  I’ve shot Ilford SFX200 before in the summer and know the look pretty well, so put on a dark red filter and went out shooting.

I didn’t venture this week or the next as I had family visiting from out of state and wanted to spend as much time with them as possible.  All of the shots are in the woods near my house.  I developed in Sprint developer, 1+9 for 9 minutes, then dried and made a contact sheet on Ilford MGIV RC paper, developed in Dektol.  I decided not to go for a square print and instead try my personal favorite in different perspectives, ‘landscape’ and ‘portrait’. I waffled between this shot and the tree shot looking up into the sky.

Contact print, with a missed frame

Contact print, with a missed frame

 

This particular uprooted tree reminds me of the entrance to the ‘cave’ in Empire Strikes Back.

Uprooted, portrait. Contrast 4

Uprooted, portrait. Contrast 4

Uprooted, landscape. Contrast 3

Uprooted, landscape. Contrast 3

I added the scans of some of the negatives on my own blog, http://wp.me/p4dMnd-8t

11 thoughts on “Week 1 : Yashica Mat 124G

    • My meter doesn’t work either. Actually most of my film cameras the meters don’t work. I used an iPhone app for the metering on these, but only because my Gossen Digisix needs a new battery.

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  2. Hi,
    I have been a (Professional) film photographer since 21 yrs old. Then went to digital the past 10 rears. I had the urge to shoot film again so I bought a mint Yashica Mat 124G. The only problem I am seeing is the price of processing the film and prints. I really dont understand the “Scan” part of it because the offer three size scans at three different prices. When I bought this camera I was still under the notion that I can have my film processed at a variety of places and also I thought I would get the what I thought of:Normal negatives and a set of 12 prints! I live in the Trenton, NJ area. I have only found 2 places and Develop film only is $12 and .45 to .60 cents per print. Thats like almost $20. Walmart will send them out BUT and I mean BUT you do not get your Negatives back. The photo person there made that a Point! (To save money the place they send them to uploads my prints after development of fil back to Walmart and they make the prints there. Not Cool! Can anyone help me with finding an affordable place way to get my film processed and prints developed in solution instead pf a printer? Even mail away would be ok! Thanks Much! Allan

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    • The Darkroom in Rancho Cordova CA, https://thedarkroom.com ; Old School Photo Lab, in Dover NH http://oldschoolphotolab.com. They both do all kinds of film sizes and you get your negatives.

      There are probably a few others. I develop and print my film myself, so haven’t used these kinds of services in a few years. I had a local place I could drive to, but they closed up shop and referred people to Old School Photo Lab.

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