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    Cheap old 35mm rangefinders

    Can anyone recommend any old, cheap 35mm RF's - ie less that £100 ($150). I need one to take places I wouldn't want to take an expensive camera, and I want it small and inconspicuous with just a 50mm lens. I had a Yashica Electro GT to take to Glastonbury this year, but it suddenly developed light leaks, so needs replacing. Before I buy another Electro, is there anything else I should consider?

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    If the light leaks are because crumbling old lights seals why don't you replace them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapper
    I had a Yashica Electro GT to take to Glastonbury this year, but it suddenly developed light leaks, so needs replacing. Before I buy another Electro, is there anything else I should consider?
    Hope this isnt too obvious, but have you checked why it's leaking light? My Electro needed the light seals replaced as soon as i bought it - it is a REALLY easy job to do. You can buy the material from an ebay seller called "interslice" VERY VERY cheap and he manages to get it sent across the atlantic in about 3 days for less than £1 p&p (not sure how he does that) - the stuff come with very clear and concise intructions on how to remove the old and install the new. this is of course assuming that the light seals are the reason.

    cheers

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    Yes replace the light seals. I have an electro 35 that failed electrically and have replaced it with a Voigtlander Vitomatic II. Very small and light weight and built like a tank. One other camera that you may want to consider is the Konica Auto S 2 or S 1.6 both very good range finders and all are available on E-bay at bargain prices.

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    I have a little Voigtlander vf101, perfect in everyway for a small rangefinder and the meter is spot on, however I have found very light film scratches so am investigating that. You can see some pics taken with my vf101 at http://www.fineartphotography.co.nz/gallery -it's in your price range too. Search ebay for "vf101" if your interested..

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    The light leaks show up as fairly sharp vertical bands about 1/4 of a negative's width evenly spaced throughout the film. At first I thought I may have accidentally opened the film back, but I ran a whole film through with the lens cap on and got the same problem.

    Any ideas? Is this fixable?

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    look at the light seals ... are they all sticky and gooey? - if so, replace them!

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    Canon GIII QL17

    Canon GIII QL17 - you can typically buy 3 of them for the cost of a Leica lens cap. Pick your favorite. I got a pretty nice one for $30, smelled like cigars for a while but sharp as a tack and much quieter than an M6. Nice finder too.

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    kodak retina models can be had for fairly cheap. I have a Retina IIIc and love it.
    solid as a rock. and the pictures are great.

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    A friend of mine has just picked up a canon (not sure of the model) off ebay for £65. The only thing he has found wrong with it is the PC socket doesn't work. The bargains are out there if you look.
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