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Todd.Hanz
04-01-2004, 19:52
Does anyone have any experience with the Yashica GSN? I bought one with the teleconverters for 35.00 (probably not the best deal but with the money I have tied up in Nikon SLR's and Fuji S2, Hassy's and such this was a real bargain). Just wondering what other GSN users thought about it!

Thnx, Todd.

SolaresLarrave
04-01-2004, 21:30
I recently sold mine... for about $65, so you did get a very good deal! Mine just didn't have any of the fancy footwork of yours, but it worked fine. Can't remember whether it was a Yashica 35 GS or GSN, but, in any case, it was not a whole lot different from yours as the differences between these models aren't very deep. :p (someone correct me here, please!!! :( )

These are nice cameras, with the meter cell outside and next to the rangefinder window, so be careful not to block it accidentally. Their lenses are very good and fast, and the only drawbacks the camera has (to me) are: relative battery dependence (their moniker "Electro" came from the fact that their leaf shutters were electronically controlled, not just mechanical), they don't have any manual override other than re-rating the film, and their having AE makes it impossible to know the shutterspeed you used, only the aperture. Besides, the batteries for these cameras have been discontinued for a while, but you still can get an adaptor from a guy who loves these cameras and whose website happens to be (gasp! :eek: ) www.yashica-guy.com

He can fix you with an adaptor of his own invention, which you can use in conjunction with a regular battery (the type called SR44L I believe...).

Other than that, their filter size (55mm) makes it really easy to get filters and work well with them. Usually, despite their age, their meters are accurate, so trust them. They have a light system similar to a traffic light: green is a "go ahead and shoot", yellow is the camera saying "try shoot but don't blame me for your mistakes" and the red spells doom, as in "don't you dare, dummy!"

Let's hope I helped... Good luck and congratulations in your entrance to the rangefinder world!! :)

Todd.Hanz
04-02-2004, 05:03
Thanks guys, I'll post some shots when I get it in.

pshinkaw
04-02-2004, 06:24
I have both a GS and a GSN. The GSN has a hotshoe and the GS does not. Right now I'm using the GS but the GSN is being rebuilt.

The Electro 35 G series has a terrific lens and despite the complaints about the all-automatic nature of the electronic shutter, it is very reliable. It mught be more reliable than the all mechanical shutters in the Lynx and Minister series.

My only real complaint about it is the lack of a an on/off switch for the meter. They say you can deactivate the meter by keeping the camera in a dark case, but that has never worked for me. There always seems to be some battery drain. Therefore, I remove the battery at the end of each days shooting.

Hope you enjot it!

-Paul

chenick
04-08-2004, 04:58
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My only real complaint about it is the lack of a an on/off switch for the meter. They say you can deactivate the meter by keeping the camera in a dark case, but that has never worked for me. There always seems to be some battery drain. Therefore, I remove the battery at the end of each days shooting.
-Paul [/B]

I read somwhere that winding the film on also activates the meter for the next shot, so you could try not winding on and seeing if that makes a difference to battery life..

-Nick

pshinkaw
04-08-2004, 06:24
I've removed the top on the GSN to do some work and have not seen any kind of cut-off mechanism actuated by the winding lever. Also, the shutter lock switch is nothing but a simple block and has no electrical effect.

Basically, unless the shutter is actually open, the power drain is very small. It is only prolonged drainage that will kill the battery. Several months.

-Paul

DickS
04-09-2004, 05:52
I think you have an excellent camera with a very good lens and shutter.

If you want to learn more about the 20 or so Electra model go to Yashica-guy's site at http://www.yashica-guy.com/

I have used three different cameras and I think I prefer the Lynx.

I think you paid a fair price. I don't know though how happy you'll be with the auxiliary lens. Does if push on or screw on. If it screws on you probably end up accidentally unscrewing it when you try to set it to the correct distance, especially if you are shooting at or near infinity.

I haven't had any problems with the GSN with the battery going dead. I think it is a great camera to use at street festivals and fairs and things like that.

Dick

Todd.Hanz
04-09-2004, 13:00
Allright, here is the first pic from my new yashica GSN.
I would post it in the member gallery, but it won't accept my images for some odd reason!

XP-2, f4

khairi
06-03-2004, 20:10
Sharing with you guys some shots from my GSN. Enjoy.

http://img61.photobucket.com/albums/v186/khairi/for%20posting/01_panel_figure.jpg

http://img61.photobucket.com/albums/v186/khairi/for%20posting/01_abas_ref.jpg

http://img61.photobucket.com/albums/v186/khairi/for%20posting/01_outit.jpg

http://img61.photobucket.com/albums/v186/khairi/for%20posting/01_cactus_bottle.jpg