Yashica has been around forever but, at least in the US, never managed to climb out of the 2nd tier of Japanese makes. I knew a few people who owned and loved them, but I could never get excited about them. I don't know why, but to me they lacked a visible identity and character that the others, particularly the Big 5 (Canon, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax). Camera magazines used to call some of these "me too" cameras, as in "Nikon has this feature, me too!" May not be fair, but that was always my perception.