Yashica Samurai X 4.0 (1988)
Just imagine, this wonderful Samurai jumped to my hands one sunny summer day. ... There has to be a connection with my good neighbor P.P. because I do not especially believe in miracles.
Samurai X4.0 is a compact, auto-focus single-lens-reflex camera equipped with a 4x zoom lens. In addition to its several novel features it has one rarity. It is a half-frame camera sometimes known as a single-frame or split-frame camera. Compared with the ordinary negative size (24x36) on appropriate 35mm film this takes 17x24 mm negatives. Let us say, kind of APS of the past. The focusing, exposure and film advancing are strictly automatic. There were both left-hand and right-hand versions made. Unfortunately half-frame format was not widely supported by the developing labs. "Hand Made" photos became too expensive and that definitely diminished the popularity of Samurai.
This camera has a provision for automatic exposure compensation to let you take beautiful pictures even in backlight so it can compensate exposure automatically by comparing the brightness in the entire picture frame and the central area so that the main subject is correctly exposed. Exposure compensation is achieved by either TTL spot metering or daylight flash, which is switched as required.
Type: Compact 35 mm auto-focus SLR camera with
Display Panel: Displays automaticflash activation mode, night scene mode, slow-shutter synchro-flash mode, on-demand flash mode, exposure counter, continuous shooting mode, self-timer shooting mode, continuous three-frame self-timer mode, quintuple exposure mode, battery check mark, film transport/rewind mark, date display, date print confirmation mark.
Number of Pictures Taken: This camera lets you take the following number of frames on a roll of film: 12-exposure film ... 24 frames; 24-exposure film ... 48 frames; 36-exposure film ... 72 frames. Dating Unit: Built-in quartz clock with liquid crystal display; date and time up to the year 2020 can be printed; dating modes ... year-month-day, day-hour-minute, no print, month-day-year, day-month-year; automatic correction of date and time. Filter Size: <j>52 mm (screw-in). Dimensions: 73.5 (W)x 125 (H)x 146(D) mm Weight: Camera ... 690 g (without battery) 6V lithium battery (2CR5)... about 40 g
|Samurai X4.0 manual.pdf/4,14Mt
"One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind…the fact that he has to die. If he is always mindful of this, he will be able to live in accordance with the paths of loyalty and filial duty, will avoid myriads of evils and adversities, keep himself free of disease and calamity and moreover enjoy a long life. He will also be a fine personality with many admirable qualities. For existence is impermanent as the dew of evening, and the hoarfrost of morning, and particularly uncertain is the life of the warrior…" (Hagakure,18´th century)
Perhaps one of the most fascinating arts that has come to be linked with the samurai is the tea ceremony. Thoroughly refined and thoughtful and yet evolved through such troubled times. Complicated and yet utterly simple, at once straightforward and deep. In many ways it is a metaphor not only for the samurai ideal but also for the land of Japan itself. It attests that samurai culture is no only for the warriors of war, it is also the signpost for the warriors of life. Maybe it´s not as fascinating but the truth is that the battle of a man takes place mostly on the fields of the ordinary life.