The Yashica Mat-124G definitely has a very hefty feel to it, weighing a little over 2 lbs. It’s one of those cameras where you can feel how sturdy it is when it’s in your hands. Even the levers for focusing and advancing film have a weight to them.
This camera captures square images that are around 6cm (2.36 inches), and a typical role of 120 film will give you 12 square images.
The lens on the front of the camera is 80mm f/3.5 and gives really beautiful and crisp images. When I put images from the Yashica Mat-124G side-by-side with images from my Pentax 645n, I can’t tell them apart when it comes to image quality.
The Mat-124G does have a light meter. It’s a little yellow arrow that moves from left to right at the top of the camera. It does a decent job, but when in doubt, I always suggest using an external light meter.
- Category : Cameras & Camcorders
- Condition : Used
- Type : Film Camera
- Brand : Other
- When it comes to loading film into the Yashica Mat-124G, this camera works very similarly to most medium format cameras.
- You can use both 120 or 220 film with this camera, and loading it into the camera is quite simple. Twist the dial on the bottom of the camera to pop open the back. The film is loaded at the bottom of the camera by pulling the knob to the left, inserting your film, then letting go of the knob.
- Then, thread your film into the empty spool at the top of the open back. Crank the film winder until the arrow on your roll of film lines up the green arrow near the bottom of the camera (if you’re shooting 220 film, you’ll match the arrow on your roll of film to the red arrow on the camera).
- If you’re used to shooting medium format film cameras, loading up this little beauty will be a piece of cake!
- Now, let’s talk about shooting. This can possibly be the most challenging part of this camera as it has a bit of a learning curve with it.
- One of the coolest parts of the Yashica Mat-124G is the fact that you can see the image you are about to take from the top. Instead of using a typical viewfinder, you get to use the flip-top, waist level viewfinder to see your image.
- As cool as this is, one of the learning curves to using a waist level viewfinder is how you are positioning your photos. Every movement you make and what you see in front of you will be reversed in the viewfinder, which can make it a tad bit challenging when taking and framing pictures.