I suppose it is a little odd to write a ‘part 1′ after a ‘part 2′? But that’s just the way it’s happened … The second part of this story can be found here – Ricoh GR1 – The Path to Enlightenment
Before I get started its worth pointing out that the Yashica T5 is the same camera as the T4 super. Mine is a T5 …
My experience with the T5 was destined to be a positive one I think. When I bought the camera from the my local ‘London Camera Exchange’. I was actually hunting for lenses that render their subjects in a unique way, I have a Sony NEX5n in another life and like mounting random glass to it (many of the photos of camera’s on this blog are taken with the nex in fact)… Basically, the Yashica was well off my radar! It’s price tag was quite high too, not for a T5, but higher than I was willing to spend. I didn't even pick it up. For some reason though, when I went home that afternoon I couldn't get it out of my head. I was aware of the camera, aware of its cult following and aware of the lens that seemed to be famed for its quality (or a least qualities). I had a look at a few photos on Flickr, and decided I’d pop back and see if I could get a deal on it.