When I was in High School, we used to use the Yashica TLR a lot. For some reason the photo lab had a ton of them available to students as loaners. In fact, we had more Yashica TLR's than we did standard 35mm SLR's. At that time, none of the students wanted to use them. It was the camera we took home for the weekend when all of the 35mm cameras were checked out and we had a limited amount of time to finish an assignment. I guess we all thought they just weren't as cool. We all wanted to use the kind of camera we saw on TV or like Peter Parker in our favorite comic books.
Fast forward a few decades and I wonder why it was that I didn't appreciate the quality and simple camera design of these cheap medium format gems. The current Yashica 124G that I use every so often I bought for less than $100 and it still works like a charm. In fact, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the overall image quality rivals my Rolleiflex. Not bad at all for a camera that is considered "cheap". I wish I would have appreciated these machines a bit more when I was a teenager learning the image making craft.
This image was made with a Yashica 124G and a roll of FomaPan 100 speed film. The only light in the scene was coming from the window and the sun was fairly low in the sky.