So, I finally dug out the wife’s grandfather’s old cameras to see what’s up with them and to start using them. When I got the Yashica out, the winder was taught. It had film in it! (Always check for film before opening!)

We have no idea when this camera was last used. My wife’s grandfather passed away in the early 1980s. This particular film wasn’t around until 1975. That puts these pics at between about 35 to 42 years old.

So then I got out the Exa that some of you may have seen a picture of. I’ve taken it to examine it, but never checked to see if it even worked. It works. And there was film in it!


I couldn’t get a good date on this film as there has been so much of it made over such a long time. My best guess is maybe mid-1960s to mid-1970s.

I’ve reached out to a friend who teaches film photography and developing classes for help in seeing what’s on these. Hopefully we can get them developed soon. I know of a place that will send them off for me, but they ain’t cheap. I’ll post whatever I can once we get it done.


Oh, the Yashica still has a Duracel 5.6 volt mercury battery in it! Yikes! You can get an adapter to use modern batteries in it, so until then, it’ll be left alone.

Also, I found two unused rolls of old Walmart-branded Fujicolor ASA 400. It’s probably 15 to 20 years old. I’m gonna pop ‘em in the Exa tomorrow. They are C41, so I can just drop them at Walgreens for a few bucks. I need some slower film for it. 400 is probably going to overexpose big-time. But I’ll give it a try. The best I can do is f/16 and a 1/150 shutter (it only has four speeds: 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, and 1/150 plus bulb). I’ll post what happens as soon as I get it back.