Yashica TL Electro X
Camera was introduced 1968.Production was finished in 1974. It is the forst camera with electronic lights for exposure information in the finder, and first with stepless electronic shutter speed control Black version was also available. This one came to me some day carried by my colleaque. My reputation as a camera collector is spreading, WOW !
Yashica TL Electro X is heavy and feels reliable. After a service of thirty years (though modest) it is still in full working condition. I have only one Yashinon lens, (Yashinon-DX, 1,7, f/50 mm) but the common lens mounting, M-42 allows the use of a large amount of "of the brand" lenses.
Yashica Electro TL X has a Copal Square SE electronically controlled shutter but this doesn't mean that the would be fully automatic.There are two lights (more reliable than the the needle?) in the viewfinder, which indicate over and under exposure, twisting either the aperture ring or shutter speed dial until these go out indicates that the correct exposure has been set. So, the camera should be called as a match light type. The shutter on the Electro X is in fact mechanical but has an electronic timing, this leads to a less noisy shutter at slow speeds and also the shutter operates at any intermediate speed between 2 and 1/1000 sec. giving excellent exposure accuracy. A range of lenses available at the time this camera was produced was from f/21 to f/1000 mm, which proofs, that Kyocera was earnest when introducing this camera.
The viewfinder is brighter, than in the predecessors, Yashica TL Electro cameras and it has a central microprism which makes focusing easy , it also has ground glass collar and fresnel outer part of the screen. The meter cells are located on either side of the viewfinder eyepiece and they read the entire area of the focusing screen. The film take up spool is a multi-slot type, which makes film loading easier.