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Created 28 June 2009 ... Updated 28 June 2009

Yashica Lynx 5000e

Yashica Lynx 5000e Yashica was also one of the main range finder camera makers during the 1960s and of course there is the famous Yashica MAT TLR Series as well. This camera was produced in 1960 and has the very high quality 1.8 lens. The same camera, with a 1.4 lens was called Lynx 14 and was the more expensive model.

Typically missing is the name plate just below the range finder making it difficult to figure out the camera's model. The only model hint is the engraved "I C" ("1 C") in red under the Yashica name on the front plate so this camera is often, mistakenly, called "Yashica I C". What also often remains is the JCII sticker from the Japanese export authorities, maybe they used the better glue? :o)

This camera is big, heavy and sturdy. It may be operated in automatic mode or fully manual mode. Note that it won't work without batteries so before you test, make sure you have both PX640A batteries inserted in the compartment next to the view finder on the back.

Manufacturor  :  Yashica
Model  :  Lynx 5000e / I C
Type  :  Range finder
Produced  :  1966 - 1971
K.D. Müller Reference  :  K:107062
Film  :  35 mm, type 135
Picture size  :  24 x 36 mm
Made in  :  Japan
Quantity Made  : 
Original List Price  : 
Material  :  metal, making the camera pretty heavy
Lens  :  Yashinon 1:1.8 f=4.5 cm Yashica Japan
Filter size  :  46 mm
Focusing  :  Manual focussing
Focus range  :  0.8 m - infinity / 2.6 ft - infinity
Viewfinder  :  Very bright range finder with parallax correction.
Shutter  :  Copal-SV shutter, 1/30 1 - 1/1000 and Bulb
Aperture  :  1.8 - 22
Self timer  :  no
Exposure  :  Automatic or manual. Set the exposure you expect, then press the button next to the lens to check if the exposure is correct, adjust using the aperture control ring and when the exposure is correct, release the button again. Now you have set the correct aperture-speed combination (EV) and you may turn the shutter speed ring to set the desired depth of field.
Exposure meter  :  Built in CdS meter
Film speed setting 10 - 800 with 1/3 steps.
Battery  :  2 x PX640A button cell.
The compartment is on the back, just below the winding lever.
Flash  :  Cold shoe on top, PC Sync connector on the lens. X (electronic flash) and M (flash bulbs) settings.
Flash Contact  :  PC Sync contact on the front next to the lens
Film Advance  :  manual, single stroke lever on top
Other  : 
Dimensions  :  130 x 80 x 85 mm (l x w x h)
Weight  : 
Body serial number  :  8023362 engraved right of the view finder
Collection status  : 
Yashica Lynx 5000e

links Yashica Lynx 5000e weblinks
links Daniel Mitchell
links Known issues and repair information.

links Yashica Guy
links Yashica-Guy provides much information and a chronological overview of all Yashica cameras produced.

links Instruction manual at Butkus
links Instruction manual at Butkus.

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