I was excited to find a Yashica camera at a record store in Montreal’s NDG neighbourhood. The perks that drew me to this camera: a low F/1.8 aperture, rangefinder capabilities, and auto-exposure with the help of a built-in light meter. It originally takes a PX32 battery which is no longer available. The workaround I am using is a 28A 6v wrapped in foam to make it the correct width and an old metal spring to make it the correct height. Apparently it can also take four LR44 batteries. When the current battery dies, I will try that since it is much more readily available.
For all of its capabilities, that simply meant there was much more that could go wrong with this camera. First off, after finishing this roll, I realized that the rangefinder was not calibrated properly. It’s off by a few feet. There are instructions online on how to tinker with it. Unfortunately, doing so has caused the shutter to stop working. So, now there is much more work to be done with it.
Another problem was the light meter over-exposing most of the roll. Between the focus and the exposure out of whack, very few photos actually turned out. But the camera has great promise if it can just be fixed. I like the idea of a low aperture film camera. And not having to guess the shutter speed makes the Yashica Electro 35 an easy camera to carry around for on-the-fly shooting.
Camera: Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Film: Kodak Elitechrome EB100 cross processed slide 35mm
Location: Montreal in April 2011