Yashica 24
2 1/4 x 2 1/4 camera 
posted 9-20-03

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This camera ONLY takes 220 film for 24 images per roll.  There are some web pages that state you can TRY
and use 120 film, but the spacing will be off, the winding will be off.  One person wrote to my stating her Yashica 24 has a 120 start
and 220 start marking ?  Possibly and attempt in later releases to allow 120 film ?  I'm hoping to have that person send a photo of the back.
Check this Photo.net forum

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Your Yashica 24 is the newest model of the Yashica Twin-Lens Reflexes. It provides the amazingly advanced features, such as
* Fabulously sharp f/3.5 lens for color picture-taking,
* High precision Match-Needle CdS exposure meter for foolproof exposure control,
* Ultra-luminous large focusing screen plus automatic film transport for rapid and easy shooting regardless of your subjects, and affords you the use of an unusual new 220 film.

Now, you are ready to use a 220 film which makes 24 - 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. exposures per roll.

Your Yashica 24 is very easy to operate--its automatic picture taking system gives you the absolute security that you need for your creative Photos.


The CdS exposure meter incorporated in your Yashica 24 requires a 1.3-volt mercury battery, Mallory PX-13B, Eveready EPX-13 or equivalent.  (Webmaster - see my main manuals page for information on replacement of mercury batteries.  It's usually a WEIN cell )4www.butkus.org

(1) Unscrew the coin-slotted Battery Cover in the direction of the arrow.

[2] Drop the battery in the Battery Compartment as illustrated--the plus pole (+) up; the minus pole ( - ) down--then, close the Cover.

The CdS exposure meter activates when the Exposure Meter Switch is pressed. When not pressed, it prevents battery drain. When the meter does not activate even by depressing the Switch, it shows the battery should be replaced.

* Do not disassemble the battery.
* Do not throw any used mercury battery into a fire or where children can get hold of it. When the camera is not in use for a long period of time, remove the battery and store it in a cool, dry and safe place.4www.butkus.org


Your Yashica 24 is used with the 220 film (6x6 cm). This film is designed to provide 120 image size but with twice the usual number of frames per roll.  [220 film only has a paper backing in the beginning and end, not in the middle.  This allows all that film to wind no that small roll.]

To remove the camera from the carrying case for film loading, raise the two metal Lock slides at the top of the camera and spread the sides of the case apart. Then, lift the camera.

You should load a film in subdued light. never in direct sun light.
Turn the Back Cover Locking Ring on the base in the direction of the arrow marked "O"and the Cover will pop open.

[2] Remove the Take-up Spool in the Lower Film Chamber by pulling out the Lower Spool Locking Knob. Place the Take. Up Spool in the Upper Film Chamber by pulling out the Upper Spool Locking Knob.4www.butkus.org
[3] Place a new roll of 220 film in the Lower Film Chamber.

[4] Gently draw out the film leader and thread it firmly and evenly into the spool slot.

[5] Gently wind the Crank in the direction of the arrow.

[6] Advance the film by winding slowly the Crank, and set the arrows on the film at the Starter Arrows for 220 film.

[7] Close the Back Cover and lock it by turning the Locking Ring in the direc tion of the arrow marked " C".

[8] The letter "S" appears in the Exposure Counter Window.

[9] The Film Exposure Counter is automatically reset to'S' when the Back Cover is opened.

(1) Wind the Crank clockwise until it stops. The figure "1 " appears in the Window.

(2) Wind the Crank counter-clockwise until it stops.4www.butkus.org

The shutter is set and you're ready to shoot your first picture.

After all 24 exposures have been taken, wind the Crank as far as it will go, until "*" mark appears in the Window and continue turning the Crank about another 3 turns to wind off the trailer of the film.

[2] Rotate the Locking Ring in the direction of the arrow marked "O", and the Back Cover will pop open.

[3] Pull out the Lock Knob in the direction of the arrow and remove the exposed film.

* It is advisable to place the spool of the Lower Film Chamber in the Upper Film Chamber for the next picture-taking.


Set the ASA speed of your film in use at the index line in the ASA Window by turning the ASA Speed Control Wheel.

The diagram shows what graduations between specific numbers stand for. You will find an ASA number printed on the film's instruction sheet.

Shutter Speed Table for the beginner
Light Conditions Average Subjects
Bright or Hazy Sun /500: 1/250 sec.
Cloudy Bright 1/250: 1/125 sec.
Heavy Overcast or Rain 1/60: 1/30 sec.

Slower shutter speeds than 1/30 sec.

Special purposes 1 sec.: Bulb

[2] Set the desired shutter speed by turning the Shutter Speed Control Wheel up or down as indicated by the arrow. The exposure needle is cross-coupled to the shutter speeds.

The aperture is determined according to light conditions.

* It is recommended to use the shutter speed of 1/500 sec. when you shoot rapidly moving sub jects, such as car, bicycle, action in sports, etc.
* In taking pictures of ordinary moving subjects, such as man, you can shoot it at 1/250 sec.

(B) Align the needle (cross-coupled to the shutter speeds) and the follow pointer (cross-coupled to the apertures) (A) by changing the aperture, holding the Exposure Meter Switch depressed. If the Switch is not pressed, the meter does not activate.

You can find any combination of the shutter speed and the aperture for correct exposure in the Aperture/Shutter Speed Window.4www.butkus.org


Precise exposure is obtained when the needle and the follow-pointer are aligned. The aperture and the shutter speed are visible in the Aperture/Shutter Speed Window.

When the needle and the follow-pointer are not aligned, change either the aperture or the shutter speed to obtain the correct exposure reading. When the needle and the follow-pointer are never aligned, it is impossible to take your picture. - Indoor shooting, it is advisable to shoot by using a flash unit.