In the mid-1950s, Yashica set out to copy a classic TLR—the Rolleiflex. Unfortunately, by nearly every measure, Yashica’s version didn’t match the quality and pedigree of a Rolleiflex. But the Yashica Mat doesn’t miss the mark by much.
And in one key respect, Yashica actually beat the Rollei hands down—in price.
To this day, the Yashica Mat 124G can be had at about a quarter of the price of a Rolleiflex and it easily punches way above that price point.
Learn more about it in our video: