Nicole Small | One on One

Yashica Mat 124G Light Meter Exposure Test

After having tested this camera only once, I had come to the conclusion that the camera may be suffering from shutter lag.

The Yashica Mat 124G has its own built in light meter which I did not use when testing the camera out. I had made the assumption that the light meter was most likely inoperative and measured my exposures as I usually do. I used different camera settings and shot in a variety of lighting scenarios and yet I did not get much out of the roll of film. Only three images came out that I would say were “usable” and the rest of them were overexposed.

It was probably pre-mature of me to have made a conclusion about the camera only after one roll, but as I wrote in a previous journal entry, the Yashica Mat 124G was bought only because the Yashica D that I had been awaiting to buy was sold and I ended up buying the Yashica Mat 124G on impulse.


With all of that being said, I want to go back and correct myself on what I had mentioned previously about the camera. The camera is not suffering from shutter lag, in fact, the built in light meter works pretty darn good. Since my objective was to sell this camera what I should have done initially was familiarize myself with the camera and test the camera with its own built in light meter, (for at least six frames), so that I would be able to recount an honest review.

As you can see, (image on the left), you can select the corresponding ISO of the film you are using and I did not even take note of that at the time which makes sense as to why I got the results that I did. I know it’s a silly thing, but I have been so use to working with the Yashica D, (very similar in some ways but not the same as the Yashica Mat 124G), which does not have such a setting yet I approached the operation of the Yashica Mat 124G in the same way.


Here is a direct comparison between the built in light meter of the Yashica Mat 124G and a hand held exposure reading:



Here are some images taken with the built in light meter in some indoor scenarios:



A couple more out on the balcony:


After having completed a full testing of the camera, I am now having second thoughts as to whether or not I should sell this camera.

What would you do?

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