I used the Yashica Electro 35 GSN cameras (pair) for about ten years before I went pro. I still used them in rare occasion after, but never for a wedding. Used them for reportage type shooting for school yearbooks. The biggest problem I had with them was the fact they were only aperture priority mode. on a positive note, the metering system was excellent. The lens is decent, but not spectacular. It also is not a quiet camera. Winding often is noisy with a clunk. The rangefinder is pretty good, though.
Hmm....AP only...I'm not sure how much I would like that.
A fully restored GSN is a nice camera and the black ones are beautiful. The metering system is simple, intuitive and hard to screw up.
Over the past couple of years I've dug my remaining beater camera out thinking that maybe I'll use it for something. It takes me a couple minutes to remember just how restrictive that auto exposure is. I'm much happier with my OM bodies.
I would actually recommend one of these Cosina/Voigtlander Bessa cameras. The new prices are reasonable and the resale prices are even more so and stable. I've been very tempted to pick one up and equip it with a really bright normal-wide like 35mm.
I never shot a wedding with my Crown Graphic. I was really tempted to, but...
I used this camera when I was younger for a studio doing weddings. very easy to use. But I did a wedding a couple of years ago with my Hassey and 5 backs. that was a hassle and when I got done shooting, finding a place to develop and make proofs was almost impossible. Everyone is set up now for 35 digital and having you do your wedding books and prints on line and dropping the images onto the page. Just no personal handling anymore. Like the old way but the times have changed.
PS>> most times your going to use artificial light of some sort during the wedding so film speed should not be that much of a problem.
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But I did a wedding a couple of years ago with my Hassey and 5 backs. that was a hassle and when I got done shooting, finding a place to develop and make proofs was almost impossible.
Not a problem here in England. There are a few places who will process 35mm or 120 film (I used an RB67) and scan and make proofs. They keep the high resolution files for at least a year and you can re-order using the number printed on the back of the print. No need to send the negatives back to them.
I quite enjoyed using the RB67 which I used with the left hand grip with a Vivitar 285 attached. As we were leaving the registry office, I particularly liked the look of disbelief on the face of the photographer with the next wedding party when he noticed what I was carrying!
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