There was a thread last week about the Yashica Electro 35 camera which caught my eye. I had purchased one (a black body model) of these cameras new in 1970 while stationed as a photographer in Viet Nam. I shot a few rolls through it at the time and eventually sold it to another photographer for reasons which elude me now. I recall being surprised at the sharp clear images it produced for the price as compared to the Nikon slr gear and Yashica 6x6cm TLR I used on the job. Just last year a friend gave me another one which I never used and gave to a young man at work who had expressed and interest in photography.
As I was reading the thread and remembering the one I had owned I kicked myself mentally for giving the latest one away. The last post on the thread was from b1bmsgt who apparently buys and refurbishes the cameras for resale on ebay. I sent him a pm and asked if he would contact me the next time he put one up for auction. He did a lot better than that. He told me about a few getting ready for sale and we came to an agreement on one of them. When it was ready for shipping he took a few pictures of it and sent them to me saying that it looked pretty good considering its age.
It arrived today. It is very nearly in brand new condition. If it has any cosmetic flaws I haven't seen them. The foam seals and pod have been replaced and the lens is clear and the shutter crisp.
I rushed down to Radio Shack and bought a 6 volt battery. It is not the right size (about a 1/2" short) and not as big around as the original but I quickly devised a field expedient adapter using a .45 acp shell casing ground down about 1/8th inch. I will turn a more proper adapter out of aluminum on my lathe later tonight but for now the camera is working and I am a happy camper.
Thank you b1bmsgt. It is beautiful and you did a great job on the refurbish.
And I won't sell or give this one away.