Zombie Yashica releases new 35mm films and camera, the Yashica MF-1

Zombie Yashica releases new 35mm films and camera, the Yashica MF-1
(Image credit: Yashica)

Yashica is back from the dead once again, with the release of a new 35mm film camera: the Yashica MF-1 Snapshot Art Camera. It is joined by a trio of new 35mm ISO 400 film stocks, one color, one black and white, and one called "Golden 80s". 

Unlike its previous release – the ill-fated and abominable Yashica Y35 "digiFilm" camera, which was a sad electronic mockery of an analogue camera – the Yashica MF-1 is a true 35mm film camera. Likewise, the new films are real 35mm rolls, not the ludicrous popinjays that were the digiFilm modules for the Y35. 

While it's a real film camera this time around, don't expect the MF-1 to challenge the best film cameras (opens in new tab), and it is a low cost point-and-shoot – which is reflected by its HK$278 price tag ($36 / £28). 

The camera has a 31mm f/11 lens, with a fixed shutter speed of 1/120 sec. It has a built-in flash (with a lifetime of 3,000 discharges) and accepts a single AA battery, which will take 120 shots with flash.

The Yashica MF-1 Snapshot Art Camera comes in 13 attractive color options

The Yashica MF-1 Snapshot Art Camera comes in 13 attractive color options (Image credit: Yashica)

The Yashica MF-1 has been "optimized" for ISO400 film, such as the company's three new stocks that have been released at the same time. Time will tell how these compare to the best 35mm film (opens in new tab) out there. 

Described as a portrait film, the HKD$55 ($7 / £5.50) Yashica 400 produces photos that "look a little on the warm side, good for skin tones. Balance grainy converts to a stylish photo." The contrasty HKD$60 $7.60 / £6) Yashica 400 Black & White, meanwhile, looks promising for street photography. 

Then there's the limited edition HKD$65 ($8.30 / £6.45) Yashica Golden 80s, with a suitably garish canister, that "tends to skew more towards large saturate scale, probably best working with natural light and street snap. Strong grainy which perfect for your moody shot."

You can investigate and order the Yashica MF-1 Snapshot Art Camera, along with the three new films, on the Yashica online store (opens in new tab). Without a hint of irony, one of the sample photographs on the Yashica film page (opens in new tab) is a facepalming statue.

Read more: 

Yashica is back… and let’s hope it’s better than last time (opens in new tab)
The best film cameras in 2019: recapture the magic of film photography (opens in new tab)
Best film: our picks of the best 35mm film, roll film, and sheet film for your camera (opens in new tab)

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.