Yashica Auto Focus Motor
posted 9-20-03

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Congratulations on purchasing the finest automatic camera available today, the Yashica "Auto Focus Motor''. This handy camera features automatic focusing and exposure setting so that all you need to do is train your camera on the subject and press the shutter. And its built-in electronic flash unit lets you get beautiful shots even indoors and at night. Anyone can enjoy easy picture taking with this fully automatic camera that takes care of film loading and film advancing before shooting and film rewinding afterwards. Before using this camera, please familiarize yourself with the operating instructions in this booklet so you will be able to use it properly and enjoy long usage.

Description of Parts 6

Inserting Batteries 104www.butkus.org

Film Loading 14

Film Speed Setting : 20

Picture Taking 22

Prefocusing with the Focus Lock 30

Using Flash Indoors 34

Rewinding the Film 42

Using the Self-Timer 46

Camera Care 50

Battery Precautions 52

Specifications 54

(1) Shutter Lock Knob
(2) Exposure Counter
(3) Shutter Release Button
(4) Image Detecting Windows
(5) Viewfinder
(6) Flash Unit
(7) Self-timer Lever
(8) Focus Lock Button
(9) Film Speed Control Ring
(10) Film Speed Indicator Window
(11) EE Light Sensor
(12) Distance Indicator Window
(13) Self-timer LED

(14) Flash Ready Lamp

(15) Back Cover Lock Release

(16) Viewfinder Eyepiece

Back Cover

(18) Battery Compartment Cover

(19) Tripod Socket

(20) Film Transport Indicator

(21) Film Rewind Switch


Inserting Batteries
The batteries are a vital power source for operating your camera's film advance and rewind, auto focus, exposure and flash systems all designed to prevent picture taking failures. The camera will not operate without battery power.4www.butkus.org

1. Open the Battery Compartment Cover
Catch the battery compartment cover groove with your fingernail and lift up cover in the direction of the arrow.

2.  Insert the Batteries
Insert two 1.5 V M size penlight batteries (alkaline manganese, or manganese) into the battery compartment according to the polarity diagram ( + ) ( - ) shown inside.

· Do not use NiCd batteries. (Webmaster: those are different from the Alkaline rechargeable)

< Run a Battery Check Before Each Shooting Session>

Partially depress the shutter release button with the lens cap on or with the light sensors on lens mount front covered. If the red LED in the viewfinder goes on, the batteries are all right; otherwise, replace both batteries together with the same type.

· When the exposure counter registers "S", pressing of the shutter release button will always wind on the film until the counter registers "1".


The "Auto Focus Motor" features a convenient system that automatically advances the loaded film to the first frame.

1.Open the Back Cover
Open the cover by sliding the lock release knob in the direction of the arrow.

2. Insert the Film Cartridge
Insert the film cartridge into the film chamber, facing it in the way illustrated, and fit it onto the shaft in the chamber.4www.butkus.org

Make sure the film cartridge port is correctly positioned as shown in the illustration on the left.

3. Place Leading End of Film on the Take up Spool Place the film so that it tracks within the pair of outer guide rails and its leading end is positioned alongside the bar mark '-----'

(A) Take-up Spool

(B) Guide Rails


4. Close the Cover

Close the cover and press until it snaps into place.


5. Press the Shutter Release
The camera will automatically advance blank film until the first frame is reached and then set the exposure counter to "1". Your camera is now ready to shoot.
If the film is being properly advanced, the film transport indicator will rotate.

· Once the film begins to advance, remove your finger from the release button.

Whenever the rear cover has been closed, depressing of the shutter release button will always cause the camera to advance blank film.

Film Speed Setting

The film speed number is vitally important in obtaining correct exposure so make sure that the film speed is set properly. The film speed is always indicated on the outside of the film box.

Turn the film speed control ring until it is matched with the ASA rating of the film in use. Make sure that the film speed number clicks into place to assure proper exposure. The ASA film speed numbers on the film speed control ring are as shown in table below.4www.butkus.org

Picture Taking

With the "Auto Focus Motor' the focusing, exposure and film advancing functions are all done automatically. Place the main subject within the focus composition frame and simply press the shutter. Anyone can easily take beautiful shots with this camera.

1 Peer into Viewfinder and Set the Range
(A) Picture Area Frame
Use this frame for shooting subjects beyond 15 meters.

(B) Parallax Correction Frame
Use this frame for shooting subjects between 11 and 1 5 meters away.

2 Placing Subject Within Focus Composition Frame for Optimum Focus
(C) Focus Composition Frame

3. Pressing Shutter Release Gently to Take Photo

When the shutter release button is pressed, the camera focuses with a mechanical meshing sound, activating the shutter almost simultaneously. When the finger is released from the button, the film is automatically advanced with the meshing sound.

· When the shutter release is depressed, the pointer in the distance indicator window will simultaneously indicate the camera-to-subject distance. The pointer will disappear upon release of the finger from the shutter release.

· Keep your fingers free of the image detecting windows while shooting so as not to obstruct the auto focus system.

<Shutter Lock Knob>

To lock the shutter release button, slide the shutter lock knob in the direction of the arrow until the letter "L" comes into view. When not taking pictures, make it a point to lock the release button as much as possible.

Since the Auto Focus Motor's focusing mechanism is of the double-image converging type, there may be situations where it will be difficult to focus such as when focusing on walls with no contrasting features, dimly lit subjects, and orderly, repetitious lines and patterns. Since dirtying of the image distance windows with fingerprint marks and the like will impair the camera's focusing performance, make it a habit to replace the lens cap when not using the camera.


Capturing the Decisive Moment

It is very difficult to take pictures of moving objects such as children at play in a playground. However, there is nothing to it with the `'Auto Focus Motor". All you need to do is sight your subject within the finder and capture the decisive moment.

· When taking sequence shots, gently press the shutter release button, and then release finger pressure from the button making sure that the meshing sound is heard after each shot

Prefocusing with the Focus Lock

Depending upon the composition, frame and focus your subject away from the picture frame center. In this instance, you must use the focus lock button. This will enable you to keep the main subject in sharp focus anywhere in the picture area.

1. Select the composition you want to use. Then train the focus / composition frame on your main subject and press the focus lock l button After making some sound, the camera will prefocus on main subject and lock in the focus.4www.butkus.org

2. Then revert to the composition you 2 had in mind and press the shutter button. The main subject, placed to one side in the picture, will be in sharp focus.

When taking shots of two persons lined abreast with some open space between them in the center of the picture, prefocus on either one of the subjects before composing your picture. This will assure you of getting your subjects in sharp focus.

When the focus lock button is not used, the distant background scene will be in focus and the main subject will be blurred as is evident from the accompanying illustration.

Using Flash Indoors

When shooting indoors, and in dim lighting conditions, partially depress the release button If the red warning lamp inside the viewfinder lights, use the built-in flash unit for beautiful, bright pictures. Naturally, you can let the camera take care of the focusing and exposure setting.

1. Pop Up the Flash Unit
When you see the red warning lamp, press the top of the flash unit. The flash unit will pop up and automatically switch on.

2. Readying of Flash Unit When the flash ready lamp comes on, the camera is ready for flashing.

3. Gently Press the Release Button for Flash Shots
The flash unit will light for flash shooting.
Use the flash unit within its effective flash range from about 1.1 to 3 meters. its : i i

4 Putting away the Flash Unit
After you have finished using the flash unit, depress the flash unit into its housing so it will shut off and prevent battery drain. Press down flash unit until you hear it snap into place in the off position.4www.butkus.org

· If you release the shutter before the flash ready lamp comes on, the flash unit will either fail to go off or will be too weak to produce properly exposed shots.

· When you want to capture the mood indoors in dim lighting and outdoors in the evening, take available-light shots without any flash. In these instances, use a tripod to avoid camera shake, and couple it with the use of the self-timer for greater safety.

When shooting with camera in vertical position, have the flash unit on the upper side.

Even for Daylight Flash 

Taken without flash

When shooting subject against a bright window or with backlighting, use the built-in flash to bring out details of the subject. Daylight flash is effective from about 1.1 to 3 meters.

Also effective in following situations
(1) When subject's face is fully or partially shaded by trees.
(2) For portraits at dusk or dawn, or under overcast skies such as on a rainy day.

Rewinding the Film

If the shutter release and film transport do not function when the shutter release is pressed you have come to the end of the film roll. Use the film rewind switch for automatic film rewinding.

1. Set the Rewind Switch to "REWIND"
Slide the green rewind switch till the letter "R" ap pears. The film will be automatically rewound At this time, the film transport indicator will spin along and the exposure counter will revert to the "1" reading.

2. When Finished Rewinding Film, Reset the Film Rewind Switch
The film transport indicator will stop spinning when the film has been fully rewound. Then reset the film rewind switch to the e mark to switch off the rewind motor.

If the film rewind switch is not switched off, the rewind motor will continue running.4www.butkus.org

3. Open the Back Cover and Remove the Film
Send out the unloaded film for processing as soon as possible.

Using the Self-Timer

Use the self-timer when you wish to include, yourself in a group picture or take a picture of yourself.

1. Set the Self~timer Lever
Lower the self-timer lever as far as it will go.

2. Press the Shutter Release Button
This will cause the self-timer to flash its LED for about 9 seconds before automatically activatingthe shutter. The LED flashes at a faster rate about two seconds before shutter release.

When taking pictures of yourself with the self timer Select a spot that is about the same focusing distance from where you will be situated when the picture is being taken, and prefocus on it.

· The self-timer can be cancelled at any time by resetting the lever to its original position.
· Use a tripod to steady the camera
· When not using the flash unit for extended periods, test flash it occasionally to help maintain capacitor performance.
· If the image detecting windows are fingerprint stained, do not attempt to rub off the stain but lightly wipe it off with lens cleaning tissue moistened with some lens cleaning fluid. Use a blower to remove dirt and dust from the glass surfaces.
· In summer, avoid leaving the camera in the heat at the beach or in storage compartment of car as it will not only affect film and battery performance but also the camera mechanism as well.
· Always clean the camera carefully after using it at the seaside or in the mountains. Salt air has a corrosive effect on the camera, and sand and dust can be harmful to the camera's mechanism.
· The camera carries a high-voltage circuit which is dangerous. When the camera malfunctions, NEVER dismantle it in an attempt to repair it.

Battery Precautions
· When not using the camera for extended periods, remove the batteries to avoid damage from battery leakage.
· Battery performance is affected at very low temperatures. When shooting in such conditions, make it a point to keep the batteries warm or carry spare batteries, keeping them warm in your pocket or other suitable place.
· When installing batteries, wipe both ends clean. Oily smears on the battery contacts could cause poor electrical contact.
· Do not use NiCd batteries.

Type: 35 mm programmed shutter EE camera with built in flash unit.

Lens: Yashica Lens 38 mm f/2.8: 4-element, three-lens group composition.

Shutter Programmed electronic shutter.

Self-timer Electronic (approx 9-second delay); LED flashes during operation (accelerates about 2 seconds before shutter release as a warning signal); cancelable even while in operation.4www.butkus.org

Exposure Control: EE type, programmed shutter with SPD sensor. EV range from EV 6 (f/2.8 1/8 sec.) to EV 17 (f/16, 1/500 sec.) at ASA 100; when value under EV 8.5 (f/2.8, 1/45 sec.), a red warning lamp lights up.

Film Speed Scale: ASA 25 to 400

Viewfinder Albada-type, direct-viewfinder (with parallax correction frame) magnification of 0.42 with focus composition frame and red warning lamp incorporated inside. Auto Focus System: Auto focusing system. Auto focus range from 1.1 to infinity. Provided with focus lock button Film Advance: Motor driven automatic film advance (operated with shutter release button)- provided with film transport indicator. When film has been advanced, the system automatically stops and switches itself off.

Film Rewind: Motor driven automatic film rewind system (operated with film rewind switch).

Film Loading: Auto-loading type; automatically advances film to frame number "1" on exposure counter.

Exposure Counter: Auto resetting, additive type.4www.butkus.org

Number of Exposures: Without using flash-- over 30 36-exposure rolls of film: using flash-- over two rolls of 36-exposure film; (When using fresh alkaline batteries, at normal temperatures )

Built-in Flash: Electronic pop-up flash; GN 12 (ASA 100, in meters); with flash-ready lamp; daylight synch capability

Recycling Time: Approx. 8 sec (at normal temperatures, using fresh alkaline batteries).

Power Source: Two 1.5 V M-size batteries. Battery check by means of red warning lamp inside viewfinder. 4www.butkus.org

Filter Size: 40.5 mm diameter

Size and Weight: 131 (W) x 74 (H) x 52 (D) mm; 380 grams (w/o batteries).

Specifications and external design are subject to change without advance notice.