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Yashica T Zoom

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I just bought the Yashica T Zoom yesterday and have shot three rolls of film. The lens is stunning. VERY sharp -- as good as my SLRs, at least in terms of the 4x6 prints I just got back from the Fuji digital minilab. This camera is a real winner in terms of image quality, and I list below a few of my initial observations, just for your information:

1. The zoom is not continuous, but stops at defined focal lengths: 28mm, 40, 50, 60, & 70mm.

2. With flash in "auto" mode, in low light, the camera will fire the flash as a focus assist l&, just prior to making the exposure.

3. When you depress the shutter release half way to achieve a focus lock, the lens doesn't move to the focus position. You have to press the shutter release all the way, and then the lens will move to the focus position before the shutter opens.

4. According to the manual, partial hundreds are not accepted for film ISO. That is, 160 is not supported, only 50, 100, 200, 400, etc. Therefore NPS and other ISO 160 films might not be exposed correctly.

5. This camera shoots 38 frames on a roll of film. It fully utilizes frame zero and frame 37. I got 38 properly exposed frames on each of the three films I have shot so far.

6. The camera comes with an excellent black soft pouch, which can be worn on one's belt.

7. The diopter adjusting knob doesn't have click stops, and is therefore a little easy to knock off the position that you initially set.

8. The camera comes with an infra red remote release which can fire the shutter with a two second delay when the camera is in self timer mode.

9. The lens is beautifully sharp, with typical Zeiss contrast and colour, at all focal lengths.

10. It looks great, and feels very good to handle.

Overall, I am totally satisfied with this camera. I can live with it's minor handling deficiencies. This is the best point and shoot camera I have ever used.

I paid 1,600 Hong Kong dollars = about US$205.

Don't hesitate to buy one as soon as you see one. It'll become a classic.

The Yashica T Zoom is a poor man's Contax TVS, compromising only on manual controls but not on image quality. I love it.
 
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Craig,

which film did you use (slide/negative) and which ISO setting. How about vignetting (light fall off) at the corners? Is there a way with costum functions to program focus lock while pressing the shutter half-way down? Any possibilities to set aperture manually?

And is there a hint in the manual in which steps the computer sets the aperture/speed combination with which priority?

I.E: Always 1/250 as long as there is enough light, then 1/125 and then 1/60 (normally there a diagrams in the manual to read it out of a table)

Dirk
 
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>Craig, glad to hear that the pictures turned out well. I purchased a T4 >zoom a couple of weeks ago as well and have not finished my first roll yet. I'd like to compare the results to my T3 and G2. Totally looking forward to it. Would you mind posting some pictures up? Thanks.
 
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Hi Dirk.

I shot one roll of Fuji Superia 200, one roll of Fuji Press 800, and one roll of Provia 400F. I have a roll of Fuji Superia 400 in it now, and I'll shoot a roll of Astia after that.

I haven't noticed any vignetting yet. I have seen some pincushion distortion when shooting close up at wide angle. I observed that the maximum aperture is stopped down a little when at 28mm. If you zoom in to 70mm, you can see a nice circular aperture when releasing the shutter at a dark corner of the room with no film and the back open. But when you zoom out to 28mm and shoot with the back open at a dark corner, the maximum aperture is deliberately restricted by the aperture/shutter blades. My guess is that they do that deliberately to avoid vignetting -- meaning, it's really F3.5 at 28mm, but they stop down a little to F4.5 for better image quality at so-called "wide open".

There's nothing in the manual about custom functions. There are no overrides except a full complement of flash modes, including slow sync mode, and two exposure compensation settings for plus 1.5 and minus 1.5 only.

No way to set aperture manually.

Craig
 
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Ming,

I posted some s&les for you here:
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These are strictly snapshots, just as an initial test of the camera, so please forgive the "junky" nature of these images.

Craig
 
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>Craig, Thank you very much for your quick post of the s&les. I'm looking forward to get my first roll back. Thanks again!
 
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Craig posted..."I got my TVS for about $205...

Can you get me one for that?? Sheesh.. Around here the T3 and the TVS are outrageous.. The best price I've found is around $700. I'd snatch one up in a second for $300 or so!!!
Jeff in Colorado
 
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>Can you get me one for that?? Sheesh.. Around here the T3 and the TVS >are outrageous.. The best price I've found is around $700. I'd snatch >one up in a second for $300 or so!!! >Jeff in Colorado

hEY Jeff, I think Craig was talking about getting the T4 Zoom for about $205.
 
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John and Oseas: thank you for the compliments. Honestly, they are all just quickly pointed-and-shot. Locations are Hong Kong for the pictures of my girlfriend, camera held at arms length wherever I too am in the picture, and the next morning I came to Taipei, Taiwan, on business, and took the other shots in and around my hotel.

Jeff: Ming is right, it was a Yashica T Zoom for $205, not a Contax TVS. Sorry for the confusion.

Dirk: Maybe we should start another subject for the T Zoom? By the way, mine is called a "T Zoom" but it might be called a "T4 Zoom" in the U.S.

Thanks.

Craig
 
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Jeff: Ming is right, it was a Yashica T Zoom for $205, not a Contax TVS. Sorry for the confusion

Damm....but it was pretty exciting there for a while... Still, if anybody wants to sell a new T3 or TVS for around $300US, let me know will you??
:)

Jeff in Colorado
 
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Hi everybody,

although the new Yashica T Zoom has not the Contax label on the body it seems to attract a lot of interest among the Contax users.

This is mainly because of the new lens in it. A Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 28-70/4.5-8 zoom lens.

Many members are thinking about buying this new P&S. They started discussing it already in different threads at Contaxinfo.com and asked me to open a specific thread for this camera model. So here it is. I will move all older comments regarding this camera into this thread.
 
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Dirk:

the T Zoom user manual has a piece of paper inserted to say that the highest shutter speed is 1/360th, not 1/300th as originally stated.

Regards,

Craig
 
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Guys, people on photo.net said this camera vignettes terribly. Is that so?
 
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After four rolls of film so far, I haven't seen any vignetting. I'll shoot some more over the weekend, with an emphasis on wide angle wide aperture on slide film, and get back ro you.

Craig
 
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Already for years Iam looking for the 'perfect'
P & S for mountaineering.

My wish list:
1
A quality zoom lens in the range 28 - 60 or 35-70 (a 30 - 60 is fine as well) The lens is the most important part to me.
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Some creative possibilities.
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I do not want a camera which suffers from serious vignetting because this can be very visible in scenes with bright snow etc.

Since the contax TVS III seems to suffer from vignetting (and is very expensive) I am very interested in the Yashica T4 zoom.
How about the optics of this zoom lens? Razor sharp? does it suffer from serious vignetting?

My old Yashica T5 needs a replacement. The T5's 35mm 3.5 zeiss lens was good enough for this purpose.

Thanks and kind regards,
Melvin
 
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Melvin, I have shot five rolls of film through my Yashica T Zoom. I have not observed any serious vignetting yet, although I haven't shot much slide film so far. With negative film, there is no vignetting in the scenes I have been shooting. The lens is razor sharp. The lens has very good contrast. The only weakness I have seen is some distortion at the 28mm end which makes people's heads become stretched when near the sides of the frame. Except for that, it is a beautiful camera. The image quality at 40-70mm is outstanding.
 
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Note to Craig Norris.
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I was intrigued by the shallow DOF of the shot titled yashica13small.jpg (teashop owner's son; second image from bottom), which was shot at 60mm on Fuji Press 800. Do you have any details on this shot? It must have been shot wide open?
 
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