3 New Yashica Cameras and 2 35mm Photographic Negative Films Hit Kickstarter


Yashica seems to be the darling of Kickstarter these days.

And though their past projects haven’t received the most positive critical reviews, the company is plunging ahead with plans to bring ever more retro-inspired products to the market.

Image via Yashica Kickstarter.

Meet the new Yashica Absolute in three body styles and two new 35mm negative films called the Golden 80s and the 400.

The three body styles are called Novella, Prestige, and Premiere.

The novella is based on the classic MF-2, the Prestige is based upon the YASHICA-44 TLR, and the Premiere will be the MF-1, what Yashica calls “A simple snapshot art camera.”

Yashica is holding the Kickstarter because, “In order to realise our [Premiere] of YASHICA Absolute and bring out the best version of YASHICA’s cameras, your support and contribution are crucial and will be highly valued, as well as your constructive comments and feedback for constant improvement.”

This Kickstarter follows on the back of the company’s other successful project, the digiFilm, but, like we said above, that wasn’t very well received.

Maybe Yashica can turn it around this time?

Of course, Internet reception is less than positive so far.

Most people seem to be taking a burnt once but never again approach to Yashica’s new announcements.

The whole reason behind the project is that Yashica thinks that digital cameras have taken some of the magic out of photography and they hope to bring that back.

They describe the 400 as the perfect film for a portrait photo with bright colors and crisp output.

The Golden 80s, which the company is marketing as a limited edition film, is ideal for street photography and what Yashica calls “moody” shots.

If you get in early there are all sorts of bonuses on offer but whether they are worth it or not is largely up to you.

Did you pick up a digiFilm camera? What do you think of Yashica’s current project?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

What We Recommend to Improve Your Photography Fast

It's possible to get some pretty large improvements in your photography skills very fast be learning some fundamentals. Consider this the 80:20 rule of photography where 80% of the improvements will come from 20% of the learnable skills. Those fundamentals include camera craft, composition, understanding light and mastering post-production. Here are the premium guides we recommend.

  1. html cleaner  Easy DSLR –  Friend of Light Stalking, Ken Schultz has developed this course over several years and it still remains the single best source for mastering your camera by identifying the main things that are holding you back.
  2. Word to html  Understanding Composition – As one of the core elements of a good photograph, getting your head around composition is essential. Photzy's guide to the subject is an excellent introduction. Their follow-up on Advanced Composition is also well worth a read.
  3. Word to html  Understanding Light – Also by Photzy, the other essential part of photography is covered in this epic guide and followed up in Understanding Light, Part 2. This is fundamental stuff that every photographer should aim to master.
  4. Word to html  5 Minute Magic Lightroom Workflow – Understanding post production is one of the keys to photographs that you will be proud of. This short course by one of the best in the business will show you how an award-winning photographer does it.

About Author


Kehl is our staff photography news writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing and you can get to know him better here

Personal experience with their first Kickstarter camera… DO NOT be tempted by this. I might as well have flushed my money down the toilet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *