The Yashica FX-3 is a classic 35mm film SLR camera that was produced by Yashica starting in 1979 built by Cosina. It quickly gained popularity among photography enthusiasts due to its solid build quality, simplicity, and affordability. The FX-3 is often praised for its reliable performance and straightforward operation, making it an excellent choice for beginners or those looking for a reliable manual camera.
In terms of technical capabilities, the Yashica FX-3 features a manual exposure control system, allowing photographers to have full control over their exposure settings. It has a built-in light meter, which assists in determining the correct exposure settings for accurate metering. The camera offers a wide range of shutter speeds from 1 second to 1/1000th of a second, allowing for versatile shooting in various lighting conditions.
In 1986 the FX-3 Super was in turn succeeded by the FX-3 Super 2000 with a shutter speed range extended to 1/2000, and a wider ISO range from 25 – 3200 ISO instead of 12 – 1600. This final succesor to the FX-3 was produced until 2002; after millions of this model had been made. These inexpensive cameras have developed a reputation for reliability, mostly due to their extremely simple construction and durable metal chassis with plastic outer shell.
One of the notable features of the FX-3 is its compatibility with a wide range of Yashica/Contax lenses. The camera uses the Contax/Yashica (C/Y) mount, making it compatible with a vast selection of lenses from both Yashica and Contax, including prime lenses, zoom lenses, and specialty lenses. This versatility allows photographers to experiment with different focal lengths and achieve a variety of creative effects.
Among the popular lenses used with the Yashica FX-3 are the Yashica ML series lenses, known for their excellent optical performance and build quality. The Yashica ML 50mm f/1.9 and Yashica ML 50mm f/1.7 are highly regarded for their sharpness and beautiful bokeh. Other commonly used lenses include the Yashica ML 28mm f/2.8 for wide-angle shots and the Yashica ML 135mm f/2.8 for telephoto applications.
Despite its age, the Yashica FX-3 continues to be cherished by film enthusiasts for its simplicity, durability, and the beautiful images it produces.
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