I got this only a week or so ago thanks to Jim Grey’s thinning of the herd. I couldn’t wait to try it out and took it to Hermosa Beach last weekend with a roll of Kodak ColorPlus film (which I have no recollection of buying).
I had no expectation of buying this camera and it is not a camera that I sort out. In all honesty I almost literally stumbled across it. I was out for a lunchtime walk with my Pen-F and came across a house running an estate sale. I am someone who likes to rummage in this kind of thing and see what interesting things I can find. As I walk in the door the first thing in front of me is a table with a few cameras on it; this one, a 500 DTL and a compact which I can’t now remember. The condition of this one is excellent (as was the 500) and everything seemed to function.
I just got a couple of films developed and thought I would share this one with you
I took this with my Voigtländer Bessa folding rangefinder on Kodak TMax.
This is the Tajunga Wash or rather the upper end of it just as it leaves the Angeles National Forest. You might notice that on the hillside to the right is a darker patch; this was where the recent “Creek Fire” came through and was pretty much its far South-Eastern extremity – this is where it stopped about half a mile from my home. The wash is a major feed into the Los Angeles river.
I am still impressed with the images this camera puts out, I have to get into a habit that I know when I have wound on/shot a frame if I am putting down for any length of time.
I need to use it some more and get a feel for where is excels and what film brings out it’s best.
I got this camera last year after finding it in an antique shop. I realize this isn’t a rare piece but (maybe because it was more a US product) I had not seen one before and fell in love with it’s design.
The price was high (too high I think having seen a few more for sale since) and I wasn’t going to buy it, but my fiancé decided to buy it for me as a present for which I am very grateful.
It s in great condition and came with the original leather case; even the little Kodak film advertising inside is untouched.
This camera is similar in operation to the Vitessa 500 in that it is a compact, zone focus viewfinder camera although this allows for full manual control of shutter speed and aperture or the semi-automatic aperture priority .
I actually have two of these; an older G (pictured above) and a later GSM (below). The GSM came with a job lot of cameras I bought and is in fully working condition. The older one is also in good condition but the exposure control doesn’t appear to be quite working Continue reading “Cameras: Yashica Electro 35”→