Just bought my first rangefinder!!

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Graham Fountain, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. One of the local 2nd hand shops is having a closing down sale, so I
    wandered in and had a bit of a look around. I had previously seen box
    brownies and old TLR's in there so thought I might be able to pick one
    up at a bargain price. Well there were no box brownies or TLR's, but I
    did spot a Yashica M3 35mm rangefinder. Had a bit of a look over it and
    everything seemed ok - no scratches or fungus on the lens, aperture and
    shutter seemed to work ok, the light meter seemed to indicate values
    that looked correct to me, and the rangefinder seemed to correlate with
    what the guide on the lens says, so on a whim I decided to buy it. It
    even includes a leather case and user manual. The price was $37AUS.
    I've just done a quick google search and can't find anything on them.
    I've yet to put a roll of film through of course, but I have a feeling
    this might become one of my favourite cameras pretty quick. One thing I
    love about it is how quiet it is compared to my SLR's. The lens is a
    45/2.8, and doesn't look like that can be changed, but that's ok. It'll
    give me something about the size of a compact camera, but (hopefully)
    with image quality on par with my SLR's. Since getting it home I have
    compared it's light meter with my other cameras and it is spot on (I
    know some of these old meters can get a bit out with time).
    I'll pop a roll of film through sometime in the next week or so, and see
    how it goes :)
    Graham Fountain, Dec 5, 2005
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    Colyn Guest

    Never heard of a Yashica M3.. Leica makes the M3..

    Are you sure it isn't the Yashica M5
    Colyn, Dec 5, 2005
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    columbotrek, Dec 5, 2005
  4. Thanks - although mine is clearly marked "M-3" it is identical to the
    "Minister 3" there. The only difference of course is mine says M-3 where
    it says "Minister 3".
    Graham Fountain, Dec 5, 2005
  5. I wondered if it may have been a re-badge or clone of the Leica M3, but
    it isn't.
    Yep, definitely is M-3, and quite different to the M5. According to the
    website that columbotrek posted it is a "Minister 3".
    Graham Fountain, Dec 5, 2005
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    Colyn Guest

    I wondered if it was the Minister III.
    Colyn, Dec 5, 2005
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    no_name, Dec 5, 2005
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    Yashica M-3 Camera

    Was just searching for info on the M-3 Yashica camera. I have one (mint condition) and getting ready to sell it on E-Bay.Not much info about the camera. I saw your article, and am wondering if you had shot any pictures with it yet. I have a Mc Keown's (2001-2002) price guide for antique & classic cameras. Could not find any info on it. Curious to what you thiink about the camera........BK
    wknepple, May 5, 2010
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