View Full Version : Yashica pad problem

08-28-2004, 21:14
I have 2 very lovely Yashica Electro's. One is a GTN, the other a "professional", both with pad issues. Does anyone fix pads, or do you just leave the cameras to sit pretty on the shelf?

08-28-2004, 21:24
Forgive me for asking, but what is a "pad issue?"

Any camera can be fixed - for the right price. Older cameras are often more fixable than newer ones because they are mechanical or electro-mechanical, rather than electronic. They were also designed to be worked on - schematics and repair guides were published for them back then.

Yashica camera lovers are in luck - there at least two excellent sources of information - Yashica Guy (www.yashica-guy.com) and Mark Hama (http://www.markhama.com/).

Between the two - you should be able to find out if it is economical to repair your Yashica's.

Keep in mind that as nice as Yashica Electro's are, they are about a gazillion of 'em out there - they can be had on eBoy very cheaply. I had to buy four of 'em to get one good one, but the one I have is a real keeper.

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

Rich Silfver
08-28-2004, 21:43
If you're referring to 'the pad of death' then see here (http://www.yashica-guy.com/document/repair.html#eight) - if so you may also find this (http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0094TG&unified_p=1) discussion thread interesting.

From a pure cost perspective I agree with Bill above - simply getting another one may be cheaper than having the repair done unless you want to do it yourself ofcourse which may also be fun in itself.

Brian Sweeney
08-29-2004, 04:38
Essex camera charges $70 to repair the Electro 35, and that would include the Pads. So the question becomes do you want to spend $70 or so to fix a camera that costs about $25 on EBay today, but was a $100 camera in 1980. If you buy another one, most likely it will have the same problem two of three of mine did; it is about like door seals wearing out or mirror cushions on SLR's wearing out.

I for one am going to give it the DIY fix from Yashicaguy. But, I am going to do it on the $10 chrome one that I picked up, and would not do it on the more rare models such as the professional or GTN until after I learned how to do it. There are plenty of $5 and $10 "I did not test it, but I can't see why it won't work". If you could See why a camera doesn't work, fixing it would be easier! Usually the problem is inside the camera!

I had my run of camera repairs in the last two weeks, so this one will have to wait for the next rainy day.

08-29-2004, 07:36
Please let me know when you have tried the DIY fix. I also have a $5 non-functioning chrome model to practice on. From what i've read so far, it looks like a pretty involved procedure. Being able to talk to someone who's just done it would be very helpful.