Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 35mm SLR

Yashica FX-3 Super 2000

Yashica FX-3 Super 2000

Yashica FX-3 Super 2000
The Yashica FX-3 Super 2000, a fully manual, mechanical 35mm SLR camera, was the last update of the Yashica FX-3 series 35mm SLRs. The FX-3 was first introduced in 1979, followed by the FX-3 Super in 1984, and finally the FX-3 Super 2000 in 1986.

The FX-3 Super 2000 carried over the body grip design and the flash-ready indicator from the FX-3 Super and comes with the shutter speed range extended to 1/2000, and a wider ISO range from 25-3200 ISO.

Built by Cosina, the lightweight plastic body, weighing in at about 600 grams (20 ounces), the FX-3 series was favored by many photographers for its compact design and the ability to mount Carl Zeiss T* lenses.

Yashica FX-3
Yashica FX-3 Super 2000
For the most part, the FX-3 Super 2000 is fairly typical for an SLR of that era and comes fairly close to the design and construction Olympus OM2000 and Nikon FM10, if you care to dig deeper.

Externally, the camera is rather elegant with its simple curved edge design, with an uncluttered front plate featuring only the lens mount, self-timer, and grip while the rest of the mechanicals, and features, are located on the top plate.

The cadmium sulfide exposure meter system is activated when you half-press the shutter button, and, as the name suggests, the FX-2 Super 2000 has a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000.

Using The Camera

Besides having a roll of negative film or slides to start capturing images, the camera requires a pair of LR-44 batteries to power the metering system. Other than that, as mentioned earlier, the camera's functionality is purely mechanical. This also means that if the batteries die, you can still use the camera, and you can rely on the Sunny 16 rule for exposure calculations. It’s probably worth pointing out that the batteries used will usually last more than a year.

Viewfinder Information

Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 Viewfinder Info
Metering information seen through the viewfinder is presented via a trio of LEDs visible in the viewfinder. A red minus symbol (–) means you’re underexposed, a red plus (+) means overexposed, and a green light means you’re okay. Green and plus means slightly overexposed, green and minus means slightly under. If you have a compatible Yashica or Contax flash attached, you will see the flash ready indicator in the viewfinder, along with the red/green exposure LEDs.

Yashica FX-3 Super 2000

Using The Self Timer

Besides being used for taking selfies, with the camera on a steady support, of course, the self-timer of the Super 2000 can also be used as a mirror lock-up device. For a vibration free shot, enable the timer and press the shutter. The mirror will flip up and a few seconds later the shutter will fire. The camera also accepts a traditional plunger styled cable release that threads into the shutter release button.

Yashica ML Lenses

Yashica FX-3 Super 2000, ML Lenses
Yashica ML Lenses Poster
For a more affordable option on lenses, Yashica ML series lenses are the one to go for. These lenses share a common bayonet mount on the Contax RTS and on the Yashica FX series cameras.

The ML line was the pro level of Multicoated lenses developed and produced by Yashica (Kyocera), marketed in a slot between the consumer grade DSB line and the state-of-the-art Zeiss T* within the Contax/Yashica system. These lenses are made in Japan at the same factory where the legendary Zeiss Contax T* lenses are manufactured.

Due to the difference in the use of coatings, these lenses have a slightly less contrasty, classic look. They are, however, renowned for their vivid color rendition.

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