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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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