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Yashica 44A 127 TLR roll film camera. Photograph gallery.

The Yashica 44A is slightly easier to use than 6X6cm TLR's due to it's compactness, but still takes a little getting used to. The lens proved to be very nice - producing contrasty and crisp negatives. All told it's a good little camera and one that is worth using. The 44A is fairly limited in shutter speeds, including the lack of a B setting, there is also no antinous release socket. The principle problem these days is the format, as 127 film is increasingly difficult to come by and expensive when compared with a roll of 120. When using it I always felt that the lens focal length was a little on the long side, but checking it I see that it is close to standard. The viewfinder is a little pessimistic however. If you have one - give it an outing before 127 becomes an extinct film format.

soviet iconic sculptures

Any trip to Russia should include a visit to any of the old soviet iconic sculptures - they are simply fantastic. Politics don't come into it, these sculptures have a passion and energy unmatched in the west. This magnificent creation must stand 50ft high and can be seen in the North Eastern suburbs of Moscow. Even though the concrete plinth is deteriorating badly and the surrounding area derelict and overgrown with weeds, the statue continues to deliver it's message defiantly. I love it! In order to get this picture over a high fence, the camera was held upside down at arms reach over my head. Caution should be exercised however as Russian guards can still be a little twitchy....

The Kremlin and St Basils

The Kremlin and St Basils at 11:15pm 16/07/08 - unfortunately the last picture we have from this camera.
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