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    Yashica 124G or Kiev 88

    Recently, I'm interested in films and after doing some research.. I've came across these 2 models and I really think that they're quite close to my budget range around AUD300+.. But I am not quite sure about the difference between these 2 models, the pros and cons. Anyone can give me some opinions? Or probably another model close to that range?

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    Kiev88 are known for falling apart, and going faulty, however it is a copy of the hasselblad 500 c/m. It's a very good camera, just that your mileage may vary... and not very much mileage may likely be the case.

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    So, you're saying that it's mainly depends on my luck to get a good copy? What about Yashica 124? Any model else?

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    I have the 124G and its built like a tank A very well regarded camera
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    The Yashica is a very nice camera indeed, well built and solid.
    The Kiev, is a bit hit and miss (like many Russian built cameras). Some are fantastic and will just keep on working, but some are best left alone.

    I have a Zenit-E (35mm Russian slr), it's extremely solid, simple and still works despite being over 30 years old.
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    Do you guys know where can I get a reliable Yashica from? eBay is the only place that I source second hand items from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdreamer View Post
    Do you guys know where can I get a reliable Yashica from? eBay is the only place that I source second hand items from.
    Kayell sometimes have them in their second hand goods, as does Teds.

    Other places might include a local camera fair ? (Brisbane has one every May, lots of old film kit for sale at fairly cheap prices).

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    You could try KEH in the US.


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    Had a Yashica way back when J.C. was playing fullback for Jerusalem, best God dam camera I have had. Probably why I am still mad keen on photography to this day.(Battery leaked and killed it.) Highly recommended.

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    Damn, couldn't find a cheap Yashica anymore. Anymore other alternative except 124?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdreamer View Post
    So, you're saying that it's mainly depends on my luck to get a good copy? What about Yashica 124? Any model else?

    pretty much, your safer getting a hasselblad 500 c/m then a kiev88. These days its more miss then hit. The amount you'd pay to get a good copy, will probably be the same amount as buying a very good hassy.

    I don't know about the Yashica though. I was personally looking at getting a kiev88, and then was put off, by the amount of negative repsponses people got from the kiev88, stuff like it worked for 3 months, and then a certain part that can no longer be obtained broke, and stuff.

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    i've got the yashica 124G and i really love it... it's solid and produces good pictures... it's also easy to use ( i find anyway). I got mine off rangefinderforum.com at $200. It's got red leather cos the guy who sold me it changed the leather making it quite a head turner and good conversation starter at the camera shops.
    The only thing i can find faulty with mine is that sometimes it misses a shot... so out of 12 shots, i probably only get 9 or so... But i'm not fuss with it as the quality of the successful ones are pretty good.
    I think the only thing with a TLR is that you can't change the lens... not sure about the kiev as i have never seen one before. I was told that getting a TLR is a pretty good and economical way to getting into medium format compared to the hasselblads which costs more than 1k.
    I'm thinking of getting a hasselblad though..... perhaps if you have more money to spend or are willing to save up, get a hasselblad... i've only ever heard good reviews for them...
    Just my 2c worth of perhaps mindless ramblings that don't make much sense....

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