Camera Oddities: Yashica Dental-Eye Dental 80s medical camera.

Last weekend in Boston while visiting the girlfriend, I came across an older woman selling a few cameras. Most were your typical junk --- plastic point and shoot cameras, and then I came across this case:


I opened it and saw a massively wide lens on what looked like some kind of modified Yashica body. At first look, I thought it was one of those undesirable mirror telephoto lenses, but upon further inspection and research, it turns out that this is actually a ringlight (and the only kind I know of that is actually built into a lens).

yashica dental eye

A bit of history about the Yashica Dental Eye: There were a few different models, the one I located being the first production model. As the name suggests, this camera was a medical tool used to take images of teeth. Because of this, that massive lens is a 1:1 macro. I don't think I've ever been able to closer to a subject before. It's kind of unreal, you shouldn't be able to focus that close with a 55mm lens.

I took some photos of my friends Kara, Dave, & Anna with some Ektar 100 film (developed at home in my sink so excuse the dust):

The built in ringlight certainly came in handy, and I've found that sliding it to the off position (on the piece that looks like a battery film winder, but it actually the power for the flash) doesn't always quiet turn it all the way off, and it's difficult to plan your shots accordingly. Seems to be easier to just leave it in the "ON" position.

As far as the digital date readout, this was for some reason only applied on certain photos. This may have something to do with the fact that winding the shutter didn't always seem to work, and I didn't want to force it.

yashica dental eye back

As far as focusing on things that aren't uncomfortably close, this is the furthest away Kara could be to stay in focus:

I've always wanted to be able to get closer to my subject than what my Mitakon 85mm allows. Also, this fabric is a piece of a fancy vintage lampshade.

This quirky little piece of history was a fun camera to mess around with, and I'd like to give it another try in the future. Maybe I'll find some ladybugs when it finally stops snowing in Jersey.

Roll #2: Sarah Roesler, Kayla Savage, and Alayna Licardi

This past week was serendipitous. I was shooting a model on a field on a farm with my Minolta when and the owner pulled up in his pickup truck. He noticed me shooting 35mm film and told me, "I'll be right back". Not sure of what was going on, and a little nervous because I was on his property, I wasn't sure whether or not to wait for his return.


To my surprise, he came back with a dusty old Canon AE-1 and a lens that he had dug out of his barn. He handed me the camera free of charge and told me to see if I could get it working.

The next day, I took it to my local camera shop. After a little bit of cleaning, and slapping new batteries in, the camera was in perfect working condition! I proceeded to shoot my entire shoot with said Canon AE-1. Here is what I created.

@Kaylasavage_ & @JesseMurch

@Kaylasavage_ & @JesseMurch

Suh Dude?

Suh Dude?

Models posts about creepy photographer on Instagram, gets her account banned instead.

Oh, Instagram.

A platform that used to be about creativity, networking, and viewing inspiring images (in chronological order, no less!). In 2018, it has morphed into a platform that cares more about profit, and has allowed corporate greed to to overshadow the needs of any individual user's needs.



A model, Jessica Phoebe (@jessica.phoebs) just had her account banned/removed on Instagram following her story posts discussing a photographer accused of sexual harassment.


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She posted a story exposing his actions. A few hours later, her account was disabled.

All she did was share her story, as well as stories of a dozen other models who had negative experiences with this photographer, only for her account to be removed. This is the opposite of the results that her, and frankly anybody else, expected to come out of this.

In this current political climate, and with everything going on with the #metoo movement, Instagram has obviously made a grave mistake. They have banned a woman from speaking out about what happened to her and countless others.

They have taken away her voice.

Instagram's appeal system is basically non-existent. Countless users have attempted to contact Instagram through the settings section of the app, to no response.

What can you do to help?

If you'd like to help, go to the settings section of the Instagram app and scroll down to the section that says "Report a Problem" and speak out about this unjust situation.


All we can do now is wait to see if Instagram takes the side of the problematic photographer or the model who simply chose to use her platform to speak out against his actions for the safety of other female artists.

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