OK - I swore I'd never waste my money on any of these plastic nasties but I managed to buy it for just 1 Yen and being so light, knew it would make no difference to the shipping costs of the rest of Yashica and Zeiss gear flying to Wales via FedEx... This NIB imposter carries the Yashica name and the MF-1 designation but that's where the similarity with the original model from 1979 ends.
It's essentially a slightly revamped disposable camera with a 31mm lens set at f11 and with a shutter speed of 1/120s plus a flash. I don't know if the lens is glass or plastic and I'm not sure I care.
The one thing I do like is the matt finish to the camera's body. I haven't been able to find a truly positive review although those I read were still better than the ones for the Yashica Y35.
I suspect this will remain unopened in its packaging unless I find another for 1p or 1cent in which case I might put 24 shots through one of them; who knows, perhaps it might deliver a nice surprise but the omens are not good.
Any clues on the packaging as to its origin/maker/marketing co? It doesn't look like a MF Jebsen job, unless they have gone cheap on the packaging.
No clues on the packaging - just the fact that it's made in China. I assume that if I opened the packaging, the instruction sheet would confirm the owner as a warranty is included.
The MF-1 Snapshot (and MF-2 model) can be ordered directly from the 'Yashica.com' website. What I did spot online is a reference to 100 Enterprises International Group Co., Ltd - a private company in Kowloon - which now holds exclusive rights to the Yashica brand and trademark. So, it looks like you're right about MF Jebsen, unless they are one of the shareholders in 100 Enterprises.
Graham, Yashica died a long time ago. Don't take it so personal when these branded items come up for sale. It's just a name now, kind of like Polaroid. But we know what the real company and their products were like.
Shoot, at the price you paid you should have gotten one in each color!
There's one listing for a variation of this same camera that suggests they both came from the HK investment group, since the one on ebay also includes a preloaded can of their film. It's been on auction for at least 3 cycles, with a starting bid of $14.99, so it doesn't look like it's terribly popular - even when it includes the roll of film. www.ebay.com/itm/175505520741
There certainly have been a lot of these cameras hitting the market lately -- 35mm film, f11 lens (frequently one plastic element), built-in flash (with ON/OFF switch). The latest rage is the Kodak EkTAR H35 -- same set-up, but a half-frame with a 2-element lens. SUPERHEADZ, LOMOOGRAOHY, ILFORD and others are doing quite well with these disposables turned re-usable cameras.