So today it arrived from the UK. The Traveling Yashica from the 35mmc blog. Since looking into 35mm compact cameras I wanted to give this one a try, but the hype and therefore the price tag associated with it kept me from buying one. Thanks to Hamish Gill I now have two weeks to try out this camera.
And for better or for worse I can already see myself buying one afterwards. It is certainly not as small as the Olympus µ[mju:]-II , but it feels very well balanced in my hand whereas the Olympus µ[mju:]-II is actually a bit too small. And the size also means that the finder is not as tiny as the one on the mju which is a huge plus. Not to mention the super scope which allows you to shoot from the hip and still frame your shot. I've heard many people describe this secondary finder as being totally useless and just too small, but I actually isn't that bad and I can already see how it will come in handy.
But the most important part is that the T5 just feels so responsive, just like Hamish says in his review. You turn it on and it's almost instantly ready to shoot. The only thing that might be a problem for me is that it has a single central autofocus point whereas the Olympus can (in theory) focus on subjects that are not in the centre of the frame. On the other hand that means that you always know where the camera will focus ...
So far so good. Now excuse me while I load it with a roll of Agfa Vista 400. And tomorrow I will start shooting.
And if you want to try the Yashica T5 too head over to the 35mmc blog and sign up.