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History of Yashica/Contax/Kyocera cameras
(Taken from a document with that title supplied to me by Yashica/Kyocera marketing, dated 1993)

This is a raw document provided to me by Yashica/Kyocera marketing.   It was supplied as a photocopied table which had survived a FAX transfer in 1993 and I converted it into an HTML table.   Anything I added is in square brackets [].

I don't understand all the abbreviations, or the use of ° or ** for what appear to be footnotes.   I didn't get the legend that explains them, so don't ask. :-)  
 

Single Lens Reflex cameras
Model F.O.B. (AG) Year of Introduction
Pentamatic I   March, 1960
Pentamatic II   September, 1960
Pentamatic-S   June, 1961
Penta-J   September, 1961
J-3   December, 1962
J-5   April, 1964
J-P   April, 1964
TL-Super f/1.4   April, 1966
TL-Super f/1.7   December, 1966
J-7   March, 1968
Electro-X   September, 1968
TL   November, 1968
TL Electro-X   September, 1968
TL-E   August, 1969
Model F.O.B. (AG) Year of Introduction
TL Electro-X ITS   October, 1970 - ?, 1975
TL Electro   March, 1972
Electro-AX   September, 1972 - ?, 1975
FX-1   June 1975 - February, 1978
Contax - RTS   November, 1975 - March, 1982
FX-2   June, 1976 - February, 1981
FR   February, 1977 - November, 1980
FR-I   April, 1978 - December, 1981
FR-II   April, 1978 - January, 1982
Contax 139 Quartz   April, 1979 - September, 1987
FX-3 (Black)   October, 1979 - October, 1984
Model F.O.B. (AG) Year of Introduction
Contax 137MD Quartz (f/1.4) ¥130,000 May, 1980 - December, 1982
FX-D   September, 1980 - March, 1987
°Contax RTS-II   July, 1982 - October, 1987
°Contax 137MA Quartz   September, 1982 - October, 1987
FX-70   August, 1983 - January, 1986
Merged with Kyocera in October, 1983
FX-3 Super (Black)   August, 1984 - January, 1987
FX-7 Super (Chrome)   July, 1985 - June, 1986
°FX-103 (Chrome)   April, 1985 - October, 1987
FX-103 (Black)   May, 1985 - November, 1987
°Contax 159MM [lens?]   March, 1985 - November, 1987
°FX-3 Super 2000 ¥11,452 September, 1986 - [?]
Contax 167MT ¥108,000 February, 1987 - [?]
°230-AF ¥35,112 February, 1987 - March, 1990
°200-AF ¥26,630 October, 1987 - March, 1990
°Samurai X3.0 ¥20,000 February, 1988 - May, 1991
Samurai X4.0 ¥30,950 December, 1988 - February, 1991
107MP (HKG) US$ 126.00 March, 1988 - [?]
Samurai Z/ZL ¥26,320 September, 1989 - September, 1991
108MP (HKG) US$ 120.00 October, 1989 - [?]
Model F.O.B. (AG) Year of Introduction
Contax RTS III ¥180,000 October, 1990
270 Auto Focus
w/AF28-70 & case
¥38,929 November, 1991
Contax ST Body YUS ¥75,800 October, 1992
Contax S2 Body YUS ¥60,000 October, 1992
300-AF Body III (YUS) ¥17,250
(US$150)
April, 1993
35mm cameras [mixed, non-SLR]
Model F.O.B. (AG) Year of Introduction
Yashica 35 f/1.9 ¥18,000 April, 1958 - March, 1960
Yashica 35 f/2.8 ¥11,500 April, 1958 - March, 1960
Yashica 35 YL (f/1.8 & 2.8)   May, 1959 - January, 1960
YK 45/2.8 ¥9,800 August, 1959 - March, 1960
YE 50/2.8 ¥23,800 December, 1959 - [?]
YE 50/1.8 ¥28,200 December, 1959 - [?]
Model F.O.B. (AG) Year of Introduction
Minister f/2.8 ¥13,300 February, 1960 - March, 1960
Minister f/1.9 ¥18,500 June, 1960 - March, 1963
Lynx-1000 45/1.8 ¥21,000 June, 1960 - January, 1965
35J**   March, 1961 - ?
Flash-O-Set**   May, 1961 - ?
Campus ¥11,700 April, 1962 - ?
Minister-II f/2.8 ¥15,500 May, 1962 - ?
Flash-O-Set II ¥12,400 June, 1962 - ?
35EE f/2.8**   September, 1962 - ?
35EE f/1.9 ¥18,800 September, 1962 - ?
Minimatic-S ¥15,800 February, 1963 - ?
Minimatic-C**   March, 1963 - ?
Minister-D f/2.8 ¥15,000 December, 1963 - ?
Lynx-5000 ¥20,000 March, 1964 - ?
Minister-D f/1.8 ¥17,500 August, 1964 - ?
Minister-700 ¥18,000 October, 1964 - ?
Minister-II f/1.9**   November, 1964 - ?
Lynx-14 ¥24,000 April, 1965 - ?
Electro 35 ¥21,400 February, 1966 - April, 1968
Minister-III ¥11,000 March, 1966 - ?
Electro M5**   March, 1966 ?
Minimatic EL**   November, 1967 - ?
Lynx-14E**   February, 1968 - ?
Lynx-5000E ¥21,000 May, 1968 - ?
Electro 35 Professional ¥22,000 June, 1968 - March, 1969
Electro 35 Gold Mechanica ¥23,200 December, 1968 - ?
Electro 35 GT Gold Mecanica ¥24,500 March, 1969 - ?
Model F.O.B. (AG) Year of Introduction
Electro 35 GS Gold Mecanica ¥27,000 June, 1970 - ?
Electro 35 GT ¥28,450 September, 1970 - April, 1973?
Electro 35CC ¥27,800 December, 1970 - ?
35ME/MES**   March, 1972 - October, 1979
Electro 35MC ¥22,800 July, 1972 - ?
Electro 35MC (Black)   April, 1973 - ?
°Electro 35GTN/GSN ¥29,500 April, 1973 - January, 1987 (HKG)
Electro 35GL ¥32,000 July, 1973 - ?
Electro 35CCN ¥30,500 July, 1973 - ?
Electro 35FC ¥23,000 October, 1973 - ?
Electro 35GX (Black) ¥35,000 July, 1975 - September, 1980
Electro 35GX (Chrome)   October, 1975 - June, 1980
Electro 35 MG-1**   December, 1975 - ?
35MF ¥29,000 August, 1976 - ?
35MFS ¥30,800 February, 1977 - October, 1979
°ME-1**   April, 1979 - October, 1982 (HKG)
Yashica Snap ¥18,300 September, 1973 - ?
Diary ¥34,800 July, 1972 - ?
Auto Focus ¥41,000 October, 1978 - June, 1981
Auto Focus-S**   February, 1979 - ?
MF-1** ¥22,800 April, 1979 - October, 1982 (HKG)
Yashica Flasher   April, 1978 - ?
MF-2** ¥22,800 July, 1972 - ?
Electro 35MC ¥22,800 July, 1972 - ?
MG-1 Black   October, 1980 - December, 1986
MG-1 Chrome   October, 1980 - December, 1986
°Auto Focus Motor   October, 1981 - September, 1984
°Auto Focus Motor-D   September, 1982 - July, 1985
°Partner AF/AF-D   February, 1984 - June, 1986
°Auto Focus Motor-II (HK)   February, 1985 - May, 1990
Auto Focus Motor-IID (HK)   February, 1985 - April, 1990
°L AF(HK)   February, 1986 - July, 1988
L AF-D(HK)   February, 1986 - April, 1989
°T2/T2-D   June, 1986 - October, 1988
°MF-2 SUPER (HK)   August, 1986 - [?]
°AF-J (HK)   June, 1987 - March, 1990
°AF-JD (HK)   December, 1987 - February, 1989
°Motor-J/J-D(HK) $39.50/$51.50 August, 1987 - [?]
DF-10/10S ¥8,500/¥9,000 December, 1987 - March, 1989
°T3/T3-D ¥15,445/¥18,070 April, 1988 - October, 1991
E35 AF Mini/-D(HK) $57.00/$69.00 September, 1989
°Zoomtec 80 ¥18,000/¥19,670 September, 1989 - [?]
Model F.O.B. (AG) Year of Introduction
AF-J2/NJ-2 $63.00 January, 1990 - [?]
AF-J2D/NJ-2D $74.00 January, 1990 - [?]
J-Mini/Mini-D(HK) $39.60/50.60 May, 1990 - [?]
Zoomtec 60/60D ¥13,800/¥15,300 August, 1990 - [?]
T3-Super/-D $92.51/$105.82(OB) August, 1990 - [?]
Zoomtec-90D(HK) $154.00 October, 1990 - [?]
Zoomtec-90 $143.00 November, 1990 - [?]
AW Mini(HK) $68.20 November, 1990 - [?]
AW Mini-D(HK)   December, 1990 - [?]
Contax-T2 ¥55,000 December, 1990 - [?]
Twintec/D $78.00/$88.00 February, 1991
MG-2 $32.00 April, 1991 - [?]
Zoomtec Image 90 $116.00 May, 1991 - [?]
Zoomtec Image 70 $88.00 October, 1991 - [?]
Zoomtec 105 ¥24,196 October, 1991 - [?]
Zoomtec 105ID ¥25,772 October, 1991 - [?]
Contax T2 Blk/Gold ¥61,000 October, 1991 - [?]
T3 Super/-D ¥13,150/(D)¥16,744 November, 1991 - [?]
Contax T2 60th Edition US$830.00 February, 1992 - [?]
T4/T4D US$93.54/$106.54 April, 1992 - [?]
AF J3/J3D US$62.00/$72.00 April, 1992
Micro Elite AF/AF-D $46.50/$55.60 July/August, 1992
Micro Finesse-D US$75.00 September, 1992 - [?]
Micro Finesse US$66.00 October, 1992 - [?]
Zoomtec 90 Super/D US$121.20/$130.20 October, 1992 - [?]
Microtec Zoom/D1 US$113.90/122.90 October, 1992
Minitec P AF-D $63.00 November, 1992 - [?]