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Thanks for everyones help and guidance on repair of my yashicas.
I can't stress enough how important it is to work on a camera that you can afford to lose, first before tackling the ones you want to keep.
The GSN only needed an adjustment for the shutter release rod, and the G needed some battery compartment work (top terminal wire needed soldering), along with a replacement of the lens barrel 55mm thread.
Question is: I need recommendations for checking and verifying shutter speed on both?
My down and dirty method of checking a GSN shutter speed is simply to use a room that either has a light or a window contrasting with a dark area. Then setting the aperture at different points, snap the shutter as you turn from the light area to the dark area.
The shutter should open longer in the dark area and snap quicker as it approaches the light.
There are two methods for checking exposure timing in any Yashica E35 G xx; one is cheap, just buy 12 exp. roll, shoot it and send it to your lab. Later, check if everything is OK (I choose it as the simplest, least expensive and faster) . The other one is using an exposure meter of known accuracy, a special electronic meter to check shutter speed (or timing), which is not only expensive but also rare, and a source of light with variable intensity and stable colour temperature (only factory QA labs may have it). A third option is Jon Flanders method which will give you a very good idea of shutter performance specially if you have
dark areas which exposure time should be at least 1 sec. or longer.
Thanks Ernesto and Jon. I, of course, will go the less expensive (lets face it cheaper) route. Makes sense.
"Fixed my two Yashica's "high""
(I'm sorry, but I immaturely took that and saw it as a "i toked up and got high and fixed my camera" thread ;) because it usually helps you concentrate.)
The song went "One toke over the line, sweet Jesus; one toke...., sit'in downtown in a railway station, one toke ......the line."
No need for that stuff, reality lets you see the great things in life, without the cloud of delusional well being, if you don't mind my saying so. Life's tough, buck up and enjoy, sober.
On the more affordable cameras, like the Yashica Lynx 5000, I try to get two cameras before taking one apart. That way, if I end up with extra parts left-over, I have a better chance of retracing my steps and doing it right. One of these days, I sell the extra ones (or so I tell myself).
I seem to recall a method of hooking up a photocell to the "line in" on your computer. You would set a light in front of the camera, open the back and place the photocell in the direct line of light/lens. You then used Audacity or some other music editing program to record the "length of light" that came through when you snapped the shutter.
Anybody have the full instructions, or a link?
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