Yashica Electro 35 GS camera, c. 1972 Made in Japan

A rangefinder camera. “It was the first electronically controlled camera, operating mainly in an aperture priority ‘auto’ mode.”[Wikipedia]  The Electro 35 was introduced in 1966, this model I date circa 1972 because the GS came out in 1970 and its successor, the GSN in 1973.  I’ve never used a rangefinder camera before – this site gives an explanation of how it works vs an SLR camera. It seems to be about a combo of measuring the subject distance (appealing to those control freak types) and then turning the focusing ring until the two images line up. Apparently better for those who wear glasses (moi).

Yashiva viewfinder

Sorta gives you a view of the framing inside the viewfinder

This camera belongs with Day 10’s Lens set – the set was a gift. I like the way the case has a built-in adapter to put the camera on a tripod without having to take it out of the case.


Status: Having read this testament to it’s value and prowess I rather think I’d like to learn how to use it. Hopefully it will work.