Well, because, when I get into any hobby, I want to experience as many facets of it that I can, I had to find a rangefinder film camera to try out. I’ve had experience with film SLRs and point-and-shoots, but not the rangefinder. As far as film rangefinders go, there aren’t a ton in the “affordable” range that are still readily available today. However, the Yashica Electro 35 series tends to be one of more available and affordable options, given how ubiquitous they were during their production years.
I’ve been watching keh.com, as I’ve had nothing but good luck with getting cameras, lenses and gear from their site. They generally under-rate their gear. For example, if they list something as “Bargain”, it’s typically in good shape. If they list something as “excellent”, it’s typically flawless. Anyway, I took a gamble on an untested, “bargain” Yashica Electro 35 GSN. Knowing that I was going to need a replacement battery, I hit up The Yashica Guy for his clever battery adapter, since this camera takes old, now unavailable, mercury batteries.
When the camera arrived, I was super excited to look through the viewfinder and see the rangefinder magic at work. Having never peered through one before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. And when I did, I was a bit confused… because it looked justlike any other viewfinder I’d ever used on a camera. The reason being? The rangefinder was not functioning. Nothing happened when I turned the focus ring. It wasn’t long before I realized that nearly everything was wrong with this camera.
The good news? I only paid about $15 for it. So. Maybe, one day, I will send it off to be repaired (not cheap either). But for the meantime, it looks pretty cool on a shelf.