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Congratulations on purchasing the FR 11. This camera was designed with maximum ease of operation in mind and features fully automatic exposure control.
Siliconphoto-diode metering has been employed for instantaneous exposure readout and an exposure compensation dial is provided for adjustment in special
However, the FR 11 doesn't stop at being merely one of the finest automatic SLR cameras on the market. It is part of a whole system of Contax and Yashica accessory equipment to make possible and endless variety of uses. To begin with, it features the Contax/Yashica mount for accepting a wide range of Yashica and Zeiss T* interchangeable lenses. It's feather-touch electromagnetic shutter release, in addition to making possible blur-free pictures, also enables use with a variety of remote control release systems such as cable switches and the wireless Infrared Controller Set. In addition, its electromagnetic release system permits use with the highly advanced RTF 540 electronic flash unit. And when both the RTF 540 and the Yashica Winder are used jointly with the FR 11, it is capable of sequential flash up to 2 frames per second. These are just some of its uses. Be sure to look into the countless other advantages and special uses for your FR 11 to enable you to enjoy hour after hour of virtually unlimited photographical enjoyment.
* FR is a licensed trademark of Cine Magnetics, Inc.
Specifications ... ... ..
Description of Parts ....
How to Mount and Remove the Lens .
Battery Installation ......
Battery Checking .......
Film Loading ..........
Film Rewind ........
Shutter Control Dial . . .
Viewfinder . .
Shooting Posture . . .
Automatic Exposure . . .
Self Timer ........
Flash Exposure . .
"B" (Bulb) Exposure/Release Socket .
Infrared Photography . .
Depth of Field .......
Ambient Temperature . .
Camera Care . . .
Type: TTL metering fully automatic exposure 35 mm SLR camera
Standard Lenses: Yashica Lens DSB 50 mm f/1.9, Yashica Lens ML 50 mm f/1.7, Yashica Lens ML 50 mm f/1A, Yashica Lens ML 55 mm f/1.2 (each with automatic diaphragm).
Lens Mount: Contax/Yashica mount. Negative Size: 24 x 36 mm
Shutter: Electronically Controlled horizontal run focal plane shutter. Shutter speeds automatically varied between 4 sec. to 1/1000 sec. at AUTO setting, Bulb setting (B) for long exposure and electronic flash synchronization setting (I) for manual operation.
Self Timer: Built-in lever type; releases in 7 sec.
Shutter Release: Feather-touch electromagnetic release release socket on camera body for auxiliary shutte; release.4www.butkus.org
Exposure Meter: TTL aperture-preferred fully automatic exposure control. Center-weighted full aperture light metering via SPD cell.
Exposure Check Button: Push Button/slide type; lockable with film advance lever slightly cocked.
Exposure Range: Between EV 1 - 18 with f/1.4 standard lens using ASA film.
Exposure Compensation: +2 EV
ASA Filrn Speed Settings: ASA 12 - 3200
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Power Source: 6 V silver oxide battery (Eveready 544 Ucar 544, Mallory PX-28 or equivalent). 4www.butkus.org
Viewfinder: Through-the-lens reflex viewfinder; shows a field of approx 92% of the actual picture area with an image magnification of 0.87X. Shutter speeds indicated by pointer from 1/1000 sec. - 1 sec.
Focusing Screen: diagonal split-image centerspot with microprism collar.
Film Advance: single-frame advance via film advance lever with 140 degree full stroke, or multiple short ratchet stroke advance; frame count registers on exposure counter. Sequential film advance to 2 fps with optional Yashica Winder unit.
Film Rewind: via film rewind crank.
Back Cover: Standard back opens by lifting out on film rewind crank.
Other Features: Battery confirmation lamp; lens release button, memo holder, direct X contact accessory shoe.4www.butkus.org
Size and Weight: 142.5 x 87 x 50 mm 650 grams (body only)
DESCRIPTION OF PARTS
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1. Exposure Counter/Battery Confirmation Lamp
2. Magnetic Release Button
3. Film Advance Lever
4. Shutter Control Dial
5. Direct X Contact
6. Accessory Shoe
7 Battery Checker Button
8. Exposure Compensation Dial
9. Film Rewind Knob4www.butkus.org
10. Film Rewind Crank
11. ASA Film Speed Ring
12. Lens Release Button
14. Self-Timer Start Lever
15. Aperture ring
16. Focusing Ring
17. Film Rewind Stud
18. Film Chamber
19. Shutter Curtain
20. Viewfinder Eyepiece
21. Sprocket Wheel
22. Exposure Check Button
23. Film Take-Up Spool
24. Release Socket
25. Camera Back
26. Film Pressure Plate 4www.butkus.org
27. Motor Drive Coupling Terminal
28. Tripod Socket
29. Film Drive Coupling
30. Film Rewind Release Button
31. Battery Compartment Cover
32. Memo Holder
HOW TO MOUNT AND REMOVE THE LENS
|How to Mount the Lens
After removing the camera body cap, set the lens in the mount by matching the red dot on the lens barrel with that on the camera body. Then, while gripping the lens barrel firmly, give it a right turn until it self-locks with a click
The method of mounting is the same with all lenses. Improper mounting will result in poor focus and/or exposure.
|How to Remove the Lens
While keeping the lens release button depressed, turn the lens barrel all the way to the left and lift the lens straight out of the lens mount.
· Avoid touching the I inkage systems on the camera body and the lens.
· Avoid direct sunlight when interchanging lenses.
· To remove or reset the lens cap, press the knobs on both sides of the cap. The lens cap can be set even when a filter is in use.
Make sure the battery is installed properly. Without the battery, the shutter system and the exposure control of
Your Yashica FR 11 will not function.
| After ascertaining that the battery is installed properly, tighten the battery compartment cover securely.
· Always use a 6 V silver oxide (Eveready 544, Ucar 544, Mallory PX-28 or equivalent) or 6 V alkaline (Eveready 537, Ucar 537 or equivalent) battery.
Webmaster: these batteries are special order batteries but are available.
The shutter will not function when batteries are low. To prevent this, check the battery on the following occasions.
· The battery comfirmation lamp also functions to illuminate the exposure counter in poor lighting conditions.
Avoid direct sunlight when loading film. Always use a standard 135 film cassette (12, 20, 24 or 36 exposure
 Slide the film advance lever out past the ridge of the camera with your thumb and advance the film slightly until the
sproket teeth properly catch the perforations on the edges of the film.
 Wind the film advance lever and trip the shutter alternately until the exposure counter reaches '1' (The film rewind
knob will rotate counterclockwise when turning the film advance lever if the film is advancing property.)
To Set: Lift the ASA film speed ring (surrounding the exposure compensation dial) and turn it until the figure
corresponding with the speed rating of the film in use aligns with the orange index. Various ASA film speeds ratings are
When the exposure counter registers the number
equivalent to the exposure load of the film in use, avoid
advancing the film forcibly. If the perforations of the film
tear or the film pulls away from the cassette, it will
become impossible to rewind the film.
SHUTTER CONTROL DIAL
Shutter speeds are fully automated with the Yashica FR 11. For normal shooting without flash the control dial is
set to AUTO. Including AUTO, the dial has the following three settings.
 Microprism Collar
 Shutter Speed I ndex
 Shutter Speed Pointer
 Overexposure Zone
 Long exposure Zone
This camera features a dual focusing spot for easy focusing which consist of a diagonal splitimage center with a microprism collar. (See page 34 for focusing details.)
Shuter Speed Pointer
When the exposure check button is depressed, the pointer will indicate the shutter speed to accord with the f-number in use. Exposure is correct if the pointer registers between the 1/1000 sec. and 1 sec. extremes of the index. (See page 40 fo; exposure setting details.)
When the pointer climbs into this zone, the shot will be over-exposed. For adjustment, refer to page 40.
Long Exposure Zone
When the pointer is in this zone light will be sufficient for up to a 4 sec. exposure. (See page 40.)
Turn the focusing ring while observing the subject in the split-image center spot, microprism collar or matte
area of the viewfinder.
To obtain good results, it is important that the camera be
held steady. Erratic movement of the camera at the critical
moment of exposure constitutes the most common cause of
poor (blared) photographic results. Before attempting to take
your first series of photographs, familiarize yourself with all
functional controls. As illustrated, the camera can be held in
either horizontal or vertical posture, depending on your
photographic requirement. In either case, support your
camera firmly with your left hand, with your left elbow held
close against your body. Avoid gripping the camera body
too firmly with your right hand and press the magnetic
release button gently.
Your Yashica FR II features fully automatic through the-lens electronic exposure control. By simply presetting the film
speed and lens aperture, its exposure control system varies the shutter speed
continuously according to subject brightness
to assure correct exposure under any light conditions.
|Outdoors under bright sunlight||16, 11, 8|
|Outdoors (overcast)||5.6, 4, 2.8|
|Indoors or night photography||2, 1.4|
 While sighting through the viewfinder, slide the exposure check button to the right. If exposure is adequate --between the
1/1000 and 1 sec. shutter speeds--focus, compose the picture and release the shutter.
As the FR II uses an aperture-preferred automatic exposure control system, shutter speeds may be varied by adjusting the
aperture ring. Check, beforehand, that the shutter control dial is set to AUTO and the exposure compensation dial to 1X.
|Fast-moving objects||1/1000, 1/500 sec|
Landscape and general outdoor photography
|1/250, 1/125 or 1/60 sec.|
|indoor or night photography||1/30 sec. or slower|
Exposure Check Button
For normal shooting, the exposure compensation dial should be set to 1 X. When shooting backlit or
spotlighted subjects, or when special effects are desired, exposure compensation is required.
For Backlit Subjects
Spotlighted Subjects To prevent overexposure of the main subject resulting from the intensity of spotlighting, it is
necessary to reduce the amount of light reaching the film by setting the exposure compensation dial to 1/2 or 1/4.4www.butkus.org
When you wish to include yourself in the picture, mount
the camera on a tripod and trip the shutter with the aid
of the self timer.
· When using the self timer for shutter release, slide the rubber eyecup over the viewfinder as illustrated to prevent exposure inaccuracy due to excess light entering through the viewfinder. Then, fold the rubber rim of the eyecup down over the finder.
An electronic flash unit greatly aids in making correct
exposure for night and indoor photography, and is useful
for providing fill-in light for outdoor photography as well.
The F R l I's accessory shoe is equipped with a direct X
contact for X flash synchronization. Only cordless direct X synchronization flash units may be employed.4www.butkus.org
 Slide the flash unit firmly into the camera's hot shoe.
(There is no hazard of electrical shock as the contact is
active only when the unit is properly mounted.)
 Focus and then read off the camera-to-subject distance indicated on the distance scale of the lens. The correct f-number
to accord with the subject distance may be computed by dividing the flash unit's guide number by that distance. For
example, at a distance of 5 meters with a guide number of 20 (ASA 100 in meters), the correct f-number is f/4: GN 20
(distance in meters) = f/4.
"B" (Bulb) Exposure
In case of infrared ray photography using the infrared ray
film in combination with the red filter, focus must be secured
in the normal manner and then compensated accordingly in
order to obtain sharp images. The Yashica ML and Zeiss
T*lenses feature R index permitting ready compensation of
DEPTH OF FIELD
When a lens is focused on a given subject, objects in the foreground and background will appear acceptably sharp in the
picture. The extent over which all objects will be reproduced acceptably sharp in the picture is called the depth of field.
 It is more extensive as you focus on a distant subject.
Your Yashica FR 11 is tested to provide faithful! function in
ambient temperature ranging from + 45° to-s° C. In extremely low ambient temperature, however, give utmost
precaution to the following matters:
· Do not expose your camera to excessive heat. Never leave it in direct sunlight or in the glove compartment, trunk or on the rear seat shelf of your car. Exposure to excessive heat may adversely affect the film emulsion, battery and/or camera systems and cause exposure inaccuracy. If it is accidentally exposed to heat, leave the camera to cool to normal temperature before attempting to use it.
· Knocks and jolts, as well as exposure to humidity and sea breeze are counted among the common causes of malfunction. To obtain maximum service, take good care of your camera and avoid rough handling.
· Do not keep the shutter charged when your camera is to be left unused over any great length of time. If possible, take the battery out of its compartment.4www.butkus.org
· Never expose your camera to sudden changes in temperature, because the electrical contacts may corrode, thus causing malfunction due to poor electrical contact.
· Before installing the battery in the battery compartment, wipe both ends with a clean, dry cloth. Oily smears on the battery ends may caused poor contact.
· In case your camera is to be left unused over a great length of time, take the battery out of its compartment.
· When going out on a long trip, take along a couple of spare batteries.
· To avoid hazards, do not attempt to dismantle the battery or throw it into an open fire.