Yashica Lynx 14e

Down the Road

For years, my short list of must-have cameras has included either the 1965 Yashica Lynx 14 or its integrated-circuit-driven younger brother, the 1968 Lynx 14e. I own lots of 1960s rangefinders, but none of them have these cameras‘ enormous namesake f/1.4 lens, which is fabled for its sharpness as well as its low-light capability.

These cameras go for way bigger bucks than I like to spend, so I patiently scanned the auctions for several years looking for a bargain. I usually have good luck buying that way, but not this time. I ended up with both a 14 and a 14e with stuck shutters, weak light meters, and various other minor ills. I tried to repair them myself to no avail.

Yashica Lynx 14e

Recently I made a swap with reader Derek Wong: he’d make my two Lynx 14s into one working one, and repair another of my cameras, in exchange for me…

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Yashica Lynx 14e