Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 69,953   Posts: 1,522,743   Online: 939
      
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    26
    Images
    3

    Yashica Electro 35 GSN

    I bought my first rangefinder at a garage sale Saturday for $15.00. It's a Yashica Electro 35 GSN and it's in near mint condition. It was well taken care of. But the trouble is: I know nothing about rangefinders and more specifically, nothing about this model. I've owned nothing but 35mm SLR's and one YashicaMat 124 TLR. I wasn't looking for a rangefinder, but for it's condition, I couldn't pass this one up for the price. I was wondering if anyone could tell me a little about what I bought. Any input would be appreciated.

  2. #2
    T42
    T42 is offline

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Georgia, USA
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    118
    Hello Michael.

    You may find these links of interest:
    http://www.geocities.com/heidoscop/electro35.htm
    http://www.yashica-guy.com/

    I hope you enjoy your find. Be sure to read Mike Graham's comments about batteries for the camera. The link to his site has remained up, even though he passed away several years ago.

    Happy day.

  3. #3
    Andy K's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Sunny Southend, England.
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    9,422
    Images
    81
    The Electro is a great little camera. If you ever see it's big brother, the Yashica Lynx 14, with it's enormous f1.4 lens, grab it!


    -----------My Flickr-----------
    Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.

  4. #4
    Sanjay Sen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    New York, NY
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    1,251
    Images
    4
    I have a Yashica Electro 35 GSN that I inherited from my father, and it is a wonderful camera with a very sharp lens (45mm Color-Yashinon DX 1:1.7). Growing up, all our family snapshots were shot with this camera because it was the only camera we had. It is still in very good condition after about 24 years and takes wonderfully sharp photographs. It is also pretty simple to use and is an aperture-priority camera.

    In addition to the links posted, you can also check out Photoethnography.com.


  5. #5

    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    11
    You might also check out the Yashica forum on http://www.rangefinderforum.com.

  6. #6
    Derek Lofgreen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Colorado
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    757
    Images
    114
    They are great rangefinders. Super fast lens too. The one thing to watch out for is a bad Pad of Death (POD). Its a rubber pad that rots out with time. If yours is bad contact Greyhoundman over at the http://www.rangefinderforum.com and he can fix it for a great price.

    The way the camera works is basically aperture priority. There is no way to set the shutter speed. If you bring your aperture down you should be able to hear the shutter slow down. If the shutter sounds like it's firing at the same speed all the time then you probably need to replace the POD. They take great photos though. I love mine.

    Good luck
    D.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    970
    Images
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Lofgreen
    They are great rangefinders. Super fast lens too. The one thing to watch out for is a bad Pad of Death (POD). Its a rubber pad that rots out with time.
    D.
    I bought three of them and did the "Pad of Death" fix as well as new foam seals from Jon goodman and the Yashica-Guy battery adapter. The pad fix should be done by someone with experience because there is a lot of dis-assembly to get at it. Once it is fixed, it is very nice camera with a sharp lens.

    --John

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    29
    I'm on the road today, and after lunch I wantered into a camera shop loaded with older cameras. Well, they had a Yashica Electro GSN proudly on display, and I asked about this camera. The guy behind the counter wouldn't even take it off the display, as he stated that these older rangefinder were great cameras in their day, but usually don't last. I couldn't even talk him into letting me look at it closely. He went on and on about shutter problems, and metering problems. After a few more questions, I walked out. Do these cameras have issues pertaining to their age? If so, are there any solutions? I've been hoping to pick up a rangfinder for my suitcase to travel with me. But, this is the first I've heard of persistant problems due to the age of the camera. I've learned about the seals, and the battery issues. But these seem to be fixable. Are the shutters just looking for an excuse to go?

    Jeff

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Phoeinx Arizona
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    1,343
    Most of the fixed lens rangefinders of the 60-early 80s were consumer grade cameras and are just getting long in the tooth. But many are still very good users with great features. I have a Cannon GL with the 50 1.8 for well over 30 years, has never failed. In the used market they are not "collectable" but many were lightly used and are great finds.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    970
    Images
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey S. Winn
    I'm on the road today, and after lunch I wantered into a camera shop loaded with older cameras. Well, they had a Yashica Electro GSN proudly on display, and I asked about this camera. The guy behind the counter wouldn't even take it off the display, as he stated that these older rangefinder were great cameras in their day, but usually don't last. I couldn't even talk him into letting me look at it closely. He went on and on about shutter problems, and metering problems. After a few more questions, I walked out. Do these cameras have issues pertaining to their age? If so, are there any solutions? I've been hoping to pick up a rangfinder for my suitcase to travel with me. But, this is the first I've heard of persistant problems due to the age of the camera. I've learned about the seals, and the battery issues. But these seem to be fixable. Are the shutters just looking for an excuse to go?

    Jeff
    It is the rubber pad ("Pad of Death") that causes most of the shutter problems. The shutter release uses this pad as a spacer to engage the rest of the shutter mechanism. When it rots away, the release can no longer trip the shutter. I bought a sheet of rubber gasket material of the correct thickness at the hardware store to fix mine.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast


 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin