Loading and Unloading a Yashica-D TLR Camera with 120 Film (Podcast 475)

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Loading and Unloading a Yashica-D TLR Camera with 120 Film (Podcast 475)

Today we kick off a mini-series of Film Fun videos, in which I’m going to walk you through my first experiences in using and processing ILFORD black and white 120 medium format film.

I’m recording this brief audio introduction for release today, to let you know what’s happening, but for the following weeks, I’ll just release a small iphone version of the video instead. Please come to the blog to view the full sized videos and get links to the products required to develop your own film etc. If you’d like an email reminder when the following episodes are released, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Here’s a run down of the entire Film Fun series.

  • Part #1 – Loading and Unloading a Yashica-D TLR Camera with 120 Medium Format Film (video below)
  • Part #2 – Feeding 120 Film into a Paterson Reel for Developing (see here)
  • Part #2b – Feeding 120 Film into a Paterson Reel inside the Changing Bag (see here)
  • Part #3 – Developing a Roll of ILFORD 120 Black and White Film (see here)
  • Part #4 – Scanning Medium Format 120 Film (see here)

Although I shot film for around 20 years until around 2000, I never had the chance to develop my own, so this whole experience has been very new to me and a LOT of fun. I won’t spill the beans on what happens in the future parts just yet, but as I mention a few times in the videos, I am sharing this first time experience with you, blow-by-blow, warts and all.

It’s not so important for this first video, but from next week I’ll also post links to everything that you need to develop your own film on B&H. Figuring this out was one of the largest hurdles, so I hope that will be useful for you too.

I hope you enjoy these videos!

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Loading and Unloading a Yashica-D TLR Camera with 120 Medium Format Film

Show Notes

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Music by Martin Bailey


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  • Charlie
    Posted at 01:03h, 09 June Reply

    Cool to see you with a Yashica D. I got a Yashica-Mat around Christmas. I love the square format for a lot of my prairie photos. I’m mainly use my digital camera but I find shooting with the old Yashica is getting addicting. I only shoot color and bring the film to a lab for developing. It will be great to see you develop some back and white.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:25h, 09 June Reply

      Thanks Charlie! I actually got the Yashica-D from a flea market. The guy assured me that it worked, and he was not lying. 🙂 I’ll perhaps take a look to see if there is anything else similar available in town at some point too, but for what I paid, I’m happy with my current Yashica.

      I looked into developing color slides, but the chemicals are controlled here and not really worth the trouble. I might get some color negative chemicals at some point too. We’ll see how much this whole film thing pulls me back in. 🙂

      • Charlie
        Posted at 04:05h, 10 June Reply

        That’s a nice find. My camera was a fair price but not cheap. Maybe on the more expensive side since it has been roughed up a bit and then repaired. The timer button and the bottom corner paid a price. But it gives it character 🙂 Well if you do get into processing color negartives I’ll be watching. I’m not into color slides…the yashica-mat doesn’t have what you could call precise exposure adjustments. Thanks again 🙂

  • Jason
    Posted at 10:58h, 10 June Reply

    Dammit! You had to do this! Now I’ve got my Minolta Autocord out. Time to get some film out of the freezer. 🙂

  • Don Davidson
    Posted at 11:41h, 21 June Reply

    I enjoy your podcasts, thanks. If you haven’t already discovered it, check out the film photography podcast. They discuss a lot of interesting film types that are available which can be part of the fun of playing with old film cameras. My current toy is a Mamiya 645.


  • Tom Kostes
    Posted at 07:12h, 22 June Reply

    Yashica D was my first serious camera, many years ago. Used to spend all night printing in my kitchen with my wife. What fun! Love digital now, however, where i have full control of my color images (as well as B&W) without the chemicals.

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