My Weapon of choice when 'Shooting From The Hip'
30 Oct 2008
The Yashica T4/T5 is a great plastic camera with a sharp Carl Zeiss lens. Terry Richardson has featured this camera in many of his photos and has used it in shoots for GQ magazine among other high profile publications.
The lens is a Carl Zeiss T* Tessar fixed 35mm with a f3.5 aperture. The contrast this lens produces is amazing. The camera has a top viewfinder (known as the Super Scope) that is great for those sneaky photos. Not to mention the Yashica is also weatherproof.
I shoot with a SLR and a rangefinder but this camera is with me wherever i go. It's small enough to throw in a bag or a jacket pocket. I always take it to parties, concerts, and it even goes out to dinner with me. Some of my favorite photos of my friends and family were taken with this camera. The photos that i chose to accompany this story were shot using the super scope or not using a viewfinder at all. Despite it being made of plastic this little guy is pretty tough. I don't know how many times i have dropped it and it still works great. I also couldn't tell you how many rolls i have ran through the camera. There are no signs of it breaking down anytime soon. Although it may look like it, this is not your ordinary point and shoot 35mm camera.
The more common model is the T4 super. There is a version that is just called the T4, but it has no 'Super Scope' and is not weatherproof. I found the T5 on Ebay. It's the European version that is exactly the same as the T4. The Yashica T4/T5 is hasn't been in production for many years now, but take a look on Ebay and you might just get lucky.