Yashica ML 70-210mm f/4 is one of the rarest and best of Yashica's ML lenses. It replaced the 80-200 f4 for less than a year, with production abandoned in favour of a return to the lighter, smaller and MUCH cheaper 80-200 f4. The lens optical formula is uncertain as I have been unable to find any literature on it. As far as as is known, only a few hundred were made and it was the most expensive lens in the Yashica range, other than the ML 1000mm f11.
It is a one-touch zoom and its build-quality is amazing; it is very like my Zeiss 70-210 f3.5 Vario-Sonnar, but without the Zeiss lens' remarkable macro facility. You zoom out for the closer focusing and despite the massive amount of glass, like its Zeiss cousin, there is no zoom slip at all. Both lenses feel the same and I have to assume this was built at the Tomioka factory as they were used by Yashica in Japan to build the Zeiss lenses as well as the very best of the ML range, in the earlier years.
So rare is the lens that establishing a price is near impossible - they hardly ever appear on retail or auction sites and as an owner of one, I'm not surprised; why would you ever sell such a superb piece of glass except under financial duress...
Posted by: Graham Date of publication: 23.12.2014