Yashica FR-1

Mounts Available:
Contax / Yashica mount
  • The following information is a direct copy of the official "Instructions Booklet" that you can find here (in English, French, German and Spanish language):



    The Yashica FR I is highly precision 35 mm SLR camera incorporating the most sophisticated electronic systems that photo technology has to offer, It features a fully automatic aperture-preferred metering system with a silicon-photo-diode circuit for instantaneous exposure readouts when operated on AUTO. It also features manual override for those special situations when manual controls are handy, In addition, it maintains all of the advanced electronic features and systems advantages of the other cameras in the FR Series, including the Contax/Yashica mount for accepting a wide range of Yashica and Zeiss T* lenses.

    The FR l's feather-touch electromagnetic shutter release makes possible blur-free pictures, and at the same time permits use of various remote control accessories such as cable switches and the Infrared Controller Set for wireless remote release. In addition, the electromagnetic release system also permits shutter release via the built in release button on the highly advanced RTF 540 electronic flash unit. And when the RTF 540 is used in conjunction with the Yashica Winder, the FR I is capable of sequential flash up to 2 frames per second.

    Be sure to look into the countless other advantages of the FR I such as an interchangeable camera back to permit use with the Yashica Data Back, and hook-up with a variety of Contax and Yashica close-up equipment and other accessories.

    More info from the "SLR Directory 1978" article (Modern Photography Magazine):


    You can find scans from the complete article here:

    The viewfinder in detail:


    And here some ADs:





  • 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/1.4, Yashica Lens ML 55 mm f/1.2 (each with automatic diaphragm).

    Lens Mount: Contax/Yashica mount

    Negative Size: 24x36 mm

    Shutter: Electronically controlled horizontal run focal plane shutter. Shutter speeds automatically varied between 4 sec. and 1/1000 sec. at AUTO setting; 1 - 1/1000 sec. manual shutter speed settings. Also bulb setting (B) and flash synchronization setting (N) Direct X hotshoe and X sync terminal on camera body.

    Self Timer: Built-in lever type; releases in approx. 7 sec.

    Shutter Release: Feather-touch electromagnetic release; release socket on camera body for auxiliary shutter release.

    Exposure Meter: TTL aperture-preferred fully automatic exposure control with manual override. Center weighted full aperture light metering via SPA cell.

    Exposure Check Button: Push button type with slide lock. Lock releases on film advance lever return.

    Exposure Range: Between EV 1-18 with f/1.4 standard lens using ASA 100 film.

    Exposure Compensation: +/-2 EV

    ASA Film Speed Settings: ASA 12-3200

    Power Source: 6 V silver oxide battery (4SR44, Eveready 544, Ucar 544, Mallory PX-28 or equivalent).

    Viewfinder: Through-the-lens reflex viewfinder; shows a field of approx. 92% of the actual picture area with an image magnification of 0.87X. Aperture and shutter speeds visible in the viewfinder; pointer exposure indicators, manual control indicator.

    Focusing Screen: Diagonal split-image center spot with microprism collar.

    Film Advance: 140° single-stroke or multiples stroke film advance lever advances exposure frame, sets exposure counter, charges the electronic shutter and unlocks the exposure check button. Sequential film advance up to 2 fps with optional Yashica Winder unit.

    Film Rewind: Via film rewind crank.

    Back Cover: Standard back opens via film rewind crank; interchangeability with Data Back.

    Other Features: Battery confirmation lamp illuminates exposure counter for viewing in the dark, lens release button, depth-of-field preview button, memo holder, multiple exposure capability.

    Size and Weight: 142.5 x 87 x 50 mm 660 grams (body only).
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    Samples on film:

    Yashica FR1 + Yashica ML 50mm f/1.4 + Fujicolor Superia 200 (cross-process with R09)

    Yashica FR1 + Yashica DSB 135mm f/2.8 + Kodak Gold 200

    Yashica FR1 + Yashica DSB 135mm f/2.8 + Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 800 (expired 2006)
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