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chenick
04-06-2004, 06:13
Hi all,

Do any of you have any sample photos taken with a Yashica Electro 35?

I've just bought a vey nice Electro 35 GTN and am looking forward to getting my first roll developed. Haven't used a film camera in years, but I'm loving the lack of shutter lag :D

Cheers,
Nick

SolaresLarrave
04-06-2004, 07:24
Is your camera black? I believe the GT was a black body camera, the GS had a cold shoe, and the GSN shows a hot shoe.

I used to have a Yashica Electro 35 GS. It was a fun machine to work with, but it simply didn't measure up to the fun it was to shoot a Canonet. I kept mine for a while, used it for some shots, found out the meter was very precise for its age, also made the classic mistake of shooting with the lens cap on (easy to do since the meter cell is next to the rangefinder window, not above the lens), and, among other things, I shot this candid image of my wife, in-laws and a friend with the lens wide open, on chromogenic film, using a yellow filter (easy to get thanks to the lens's filter size of 55mm), on a very gray day, looking at a map of a weird apple orchard which also works as a maze (don't ask me why, this is the Midwest, and people concoct the weirdest attractions here).

bmattock
04-06-2004, 14:55
Originally posted by chenick
Hi all,

Do any of you have any sample photos taken with a Yashica Electro 35?

I've just bought a vey nice Electro 35 GTN and am looking forward to getting my first roll developed. Haven't used a film camera in years, but I'm loving the lack of shutter lag :D

Cheers,
Nick

Nick,

Last summer, I took a Yashica GSN with me on a short family vacation to Wisconsin. Here's a link to the web page of the photos I made with that camera. All very sharp, bright, and well-exposed. You can click on the thumbnails to view the pictures full-sized.

The Growlery - Kenosha Wisconsin (http://www.growlery.com/kenosha/)

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

www.growlery.com

chenick
04-08-2004, 03:00
Hi folks!!

Thanks for the replies!

Originally posted by SolaresLarrave
Is your camera black? I believe the GT was a black body camera, the GS had a cold shoe, and the GSN shows a hot shoe.
.... also made the classic mistake of shooting with the lens cap on

Yeah, the T models are black, & the S ones silver, so my GTN is identical to a GSN in all but colour!

I haven't shot with the lens cap yet, but I have got the apertures messed up! :rolleyes:

Originally posted by bmattock
Last summer, I took a Yashica GSN with me on a short family vacation to Wisconsin.... All very sharp, bright, and well-exposed.


Thanks Bill!

-Nick

Todd.Hanz
04-17-2004, 08:12
Chenick,
I just posted some pics in the member gallery taken with a Yashica GSN. I just bought mine and am still getting the hang of it, I have a hard time trusting the apeture priority but all have come out well so far.
Go to the member gallery and look for "toddhanz".

Good Luck,
Todd

chenick
04-20-2004, 06:13
Thanks Todd,

Those pics look pretty sweet. I got my first roll back, and I'm pretty impressed, all sharp, and well exposed, even night-time shots. I'll post a few sometime.

Cheers,

Nick

khairi
05-13-2004, 00:37
is there anymore pics sample of the GSN? any links that you guys know?

Brian Sweeney
05-15-2004, 05:15
All your guys fault. Have PX32 ready.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3814429121

back alley
05-15-2004, 10:13
i take it you are the 'winner'?
congrats are then in order, it looks like a clean camera in very good shape.
as usual we will expect some pics...

joe

pshinkaw
05-17-2004, 05:54
Brian:

The PX-32 isn't obligatory. The Yashica Guy's adapter works perfectly and the batteries are easier to find than a PX-32.

-Paul

Brian Sweeney
05-17-2004, 07:43
Being a camera nut, I have a bag of camera batteries. I bought PX32's from a local Ritz outlet a while ago. If you use a Hi-Matic E, you can take a PX32 apart and get 4 1.35v cells out of it. If I see an oddball battery, I grab it for the day when I find an "as-is, not tested for lack of battery" camera like this one.

khairi
05-18-2004, 20:47
hi all...i'm back again...i'm convince that a GSN could take good picts.

i'm just wondering...my first roll of neg was a disaster! Abt 90% of the low-light shot was nearly black. I tried using F1.7 at 'Auto' mode...what could be the possible reason for my black photos?

and the light indicator of the 'Slow' and 'Over' is TOO DIM...so hard to see.

I've search the yashica guys site, but still not sure of my prob with the little yashica. Any advice?

khairi
05-19-2004, 01:57
My ISO is correct, ASA 100. Batt check is OK. Yeah, practically, my batt's fine. & do not know how to rectify the dim light panels.

ok...i'll try to set to Flash mode with F1.7-2 for some low light shots...if it still produce black images...then, i think the electronic circuit has died. Thus, i'd have to search for a better condition yashica.

I don't know if there is any repair shop in Singapore that does yashica repairs well. I think the cost of repairing might be expensive. Just to change the 'Pad of Death' would cost me SGD$185. so...rather do it myself, if i could figure out how to do it.

The one i'm having was a trial cam. Borrowed it from a friend who has not been using it for years.

Brian Sweeney
05-19-2004, 02:43
It can be a number of things: The variable resistor is dirty; setting to different ASA values/different F-Stops should result in "intermittent" failure, (I have used TV Tuner Cleaner on my Nikon F Photomic meters to correct this); Bad CDS cell not responding to light; capacitor is dead, and cannot hold shutter open (happened to one I had a long time ago), ... There is a reason why mechanical cameras seem to last longer. Hope my new arrival will fair better than that last one I had! That was so long ago that I traded an 80286 Motherboard for it.

DickS
05-19-2004, 04:47
Originally posted by khairi
hi all...i'm back again...i'm convince that a GSN could take good picts.

i'm just wondering...my first roll of neg was a disaster! Abt 90% of the low-light shot was nearly black. I tried using F1.7 at 'Auto' mode...what could be the possible reason for my black photos?

and the light indicator of the 'Slow' and 'Over' is TOO DIM...so hard to see.

I've search the yashica guys site, but still not sure of my prob with the little yashica. Any advice?

Are you certain your battery is working? The indicators are normally very bright. It sounds as if your battery may be no good and what you see of the indicators is by light reflected on them.

Dick

pshinkaw
05-19-2004, 07:08
The lights are provided by tiny bulbs held in a tiny trough-like holder. The holder faces upward. If there is dirt or other gunk under the lid, it can collect in the bulb trough and block some light. There could also be a bad electrical connection in there as well with excess resistance.

-Paul

bmattock
05-19-2004, 13:16
I have two Electro GT's and two GSN's. One camera actually works - one of the GSN's. Of the others, all of them have only one shutter speed - the mechanical 1/500. Therefore, all shots except outdoor shots are black for me with those cameras.

All of them have replaced "Yashica-Guy" batteries, all of them pass battery check. One of the failures does not have the over/under light, but the rest do, so on two of them, the light meter is working correctly (at least, they sense light).

I agree with the advice to check the shutter speed with no film in it and the back open. By pointing the camera at various light sources and watching through the back of the camera as you click the shutter, you will hear (and see) how long the shutter is staying open. If the sound and the light duration seems the same no matter how bright the light source you point the camera at is, then you have a bad electronic circuit (or something wrong with the shutter at any rate) and you are getting only 1/500 shutter speed.

As I said, I have 4 of these beauties, and only one works correctly. But I believe I've just been unlucky - more work well than do not, based on what others have told me.

If you got a bad one, I'm sorry to hear it. Hopefully you didn't pay a lot for it. But this is the nature of buying older classic cameras - sometimes they break, and the Electro is as prone as any of them to die - maybe more so, since it has the stepless electronic shutter.

Once you've determined that the poor thing is dead, you can possibly get it fixed using the methods others have described here - or by having a repairman look at it. But based on how much it costs these days to get a classic camera fixed and how little the Electro sells for, I'd just get another one. I did it four times, and eventually ended up with a beauty for something like $20 on eBay. Luck of the draw - I might just as well have gotten a good one right out of the chute.

One last thing - check the battery terminals and inside the battery well for corrosion. Use vinegar on a q-tip to get it out if you have any. It will be white crusty stuff. That will stop your shutter from working right, and it would also explain your dim battery check light.

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

khairi
05-19-2004, 19:05
Thks for all the advice...and it's true, the MAIN fault was the batt. Got a friend to tidy the batt area for me, he did a few checks and PRESTO! the 'Slow' n 'Over meter lights up BRIGHTLY. :D

I was smiling momentarily until he said,"I think your batt check button is not working. See, no light." :(

At least, now the meter is working correctly, the shutter is responding to whatever you guys had mentioned in earlier threads.

it's still a trial camera, have not paid for it yet, just borrowed it.

so, i load in a fresh roll to start snapping! :)

bmattock
05-20-2004, 18:15
Good luck, hope it all goes well for you! The battery check light is just a convenience anyway. Take the battery out when you're not using the camera and you'll be happier!

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

DickS
05-21-2004, 04:00
Originally posted by khairi
Thks for all the advice...and it's true, the MAIN fault was the batt. Got a friend to tidy the batt area for me, he did a few checks and PRESTO! the 'Slow' n 'Over meter lights up BRIGHTLY. :D

I was smiling momentarily until he said,"I think your batt check button is not working. See, no light." :(

At least, now the meter is working correctly, the shutter is responding to whatever you guys had mentioned in earlier threads.

it's still a trial camera, have not paid for it yet, just borrowed it.

so, i load in a fresh roll to start snapping! :)

Don't worry too much about the battery check. Yashica eliminated it on the final version of the Electro it made,the MG1, and I doubt if it was missed. As long as the indicators light you can be fairly certain the battery is working properly.

Dick

Brian Sweeney
05-22-2004, 13:59
the Yashica GT (Black Finish) arrived today: Pencil Eraser cleaning of the battery contacts and it was ready to go. Looks like perfect working order, bright lights, right-on VF/RF, near mint condition. Filter ring ding fixed to take a filter was the only mark on it. Loaded and shooting.

khairi
05-23-2004, 20:48
A big thank you to all who had adviced me abt the yashica camera. so here's my little yashica project called Lighting Possibilities. Editted only for cropping and color correction, did not apply any sharpening. Film used was Kodak 200HD and Fuji Superia 200.

Enjoy.

Building
http://img61.photobucket.com/albums/v186/khairi/for%20posting/building02.jpg

The Little Lizard
http://img61.photobucket.com/albums/v186/khairi/for%20posting/thelizard.jpg

A Child's view
http://img61.photobucket.com/albums/v186/khairi/for%20posting/transaction.jpg
note: hip shot

Free Spirit
http://img61.photobucket.com/albums/v186/khairi/for%20posting/lieingboy.jpg

Expression
http://img61.photobucket.com/albums/v186/khairi/for%20posting/elders.jpg

Grandma's love
http://img61.photobucket.com/albums/v186/khairi/for%20posting/grandma01.jpg

back alley
05-23-2004, 22:02
very nice.

you've got a great camera there and a good eye too!

joe

khairi
05-24-2004, 00:22
Thanks Backalley

frankly, i'm hooked to the yashica for now...seems to be in my hands everyday since last week...and you got a Canonet...yeah i like that one too...if there's another RF that i need, will be any RF with a wide angle lens, say 24mm.

Doug
05-24-2004, 09:29
I don't know of a 24mm fixed-lens RF, but there is a Ricoh with 28mm that could be useful!

Brian Sweeney
05-25-2004, 11:34
After visiting the Yashica Guys Home Page, it looks like my Yashica Electro is an Early GT model; the door release is on the body (not part of Rewind knob), ASA to 500, little green battery test light near the button, and rounded bottom plate. A guy could go nuts with these variations. Should get the first roll back tomorrow.

chenick
05-28-2004, 06:28
How did your roll come out Brian?

Brian Sweeney
05-29-2004, 07:00
The first roll is back: all outdoor pictures and many of the indoor shots came out well. But I learned one big lesson: all of the shots taken with a room light above the camera and lighting the subject came out very dard. Using ASA 400 film, the aperture of the CDS cell opens up almost all of the way. I believe that the light was in the FOV of the sensor, or at least shining and reflecting into it. It was out of the lens FOV. The result was underexposure. I have to remember to "think different" with auto cameras! I am convinced that it is not the shutter; it holds open for long periods when pointed into dark regions. I am thinking a "sun shade" for the CDS cell would be a good idea; such as the one my Hi-Matic 9 has.

Thoughts?

BTW I placed a bid on a user-Nikon SP this week that did not make its reserve. The seller offered it to me at less than the reserve, it arrived yesterday. I calibrated the RF (as required and noted in the auction) and cleaned out the front panel glass. It is a great user, brassing but no dents. I still have to fix the aperture on the really clean F1.4 lens, but I have my 3.5cm on it now. It ran about HALF of what the other SP's have been going for, $900.

Rich Silfver
06-06-2004, 21:52
Khairi, great shots.
I really liked 'Building', 'The little wizard' and 'A child's view'.
Great stuff.

Brian Sweeney
06-07-2004, 02:41
I scanned in some negatives yesterday. This shot is wide-open, by the window light. It is the first trip to Dairy Queen after Nikki's surgery. Proof that despite the early pictures on the roll that were too dark under window-light that the shutter and CDS cell were working. Pretty good for a $26, 35 year old Camera that thinks for itself.

If this shot does not sell you on a Yashica camera, at least it will make you want to go to Dairy Queen!

Brian Sweeney
06-07-2004, 02:44
And an action shot outside at middle apertures. Used photoshop to lighten up Nikki, the CDS cell registered more of the background even with the ASA dial set to 320 rather than 400. Next time, ASA 200 setting will lighten up the foreground.

First trip to the playground after surgery, three weeks post-op. That is a $600K Tushy on that Swing!

Brian Sweeney
06-07-2004, 02:55
One more, inside low-light. I used Photo-shop to boost the low-lights; the CDS cell picked up the white wall behind Nikki. Next time, I will set the ASA dial to 200 (from 400ASA film) to compensate. Lesson Learned: EV compensations dials are Nice, Memory lock is Nice; on A Yashica GT (or other) use the ASA dial to compensate and make sure to use the film type sleeve!