Perfect Combination: Yashica Electro 35 GSN & Kodak BW400 CN

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Let it be known: this pairing has to do with love at first click, at the first roll of film, at the first prints. My newest toy, the Yashica Electro 35 GSN, combined with my favorite black and white film, Kodak BW400 CN: this is definitely going to be a long-lasting love.

Credits: roxyvonschlotterstein

A Yashica Electro 35 GSN is the latest addition to my camera collection. My new vintage love is a pretty heavy camera and is too big to hold with my dainty, little hand. Fortunately, I have a bag and a neck strap on hand. And, of course, my new beauty is quite the eye-catcher!

Credits: roxyvonschlotterstein

A few days ago, I brought said camera on a stroll through the all-too-typical Berlin Mitte. On a whim, I grabbed a roll of Kodak BW400 CN from the fridge. I found the notion of an old, vintage camera and black and white photographs taken at a few of Berlin’s touristy spots to be elegant. The results reaffirmed my vision of almost-perfect monochrome pictures.

Credits: roxyvonschlotterstein

Being such an old beauty, the camera came without a bag, lens cap, or manual. But I was able to get started on my own. Without descriptions or instructions, I tried to use what knowledge I’ve gathered via experience with other cameras. On that day, the weather in the early afternoon was slightly overcast – a few raindrops even came down.

I set the camera at 400 ASA (ISO) and a medium aperture. Then we were off to the streets.

The photos are without vignetting, even though I do love to throw that in from time to time.

Credits: roxyvonschlotterstein

Despite cloudiness and limited lighting I got amazing contrast and variations of blackish-grey nuances.

Credits: roxyvonschlotterstein

The film produced photos with a fresh, modern look. I was happily surprised to see how sharp the pictures turned out; I expected something much different. That considered, I was stunned to see what came out of the combination.

Credits: roxyvonschlotterstein

I generally love using my Kodak BW400 CN. I just take pictures with it way too often. I was especially thrilled with photos that have a slight sepia tone to them as I find sepia stunning. You can see examples here:

Kodak BW400 CN with (1) an LC-A+ in Vienna, (2) an EXA 1b and (3) a La Sardina in Berlin.

Further strolls with this newly acquired combination-of-choice are sure to ensue, and hopefully in the sunshine next time. I don’t think it would be going in the wrong direction to approach the theme “street photography” using this combination in the future.

written by roxyvonschlotterstein on 2014-03-17 in #lifestyle #yashica-electro-35-gsn #perfect-combination #kodak-bw400-cn #translation #black-and-white #monochrome

2 Comments

  1. efrost
    efrost ·

    @roxyvonschlotterstein Hope my translation does justice to your article. Looks like a few things were edited from my version, but the idea still comes across. Cheers

  2. roxyvonschlotterstein
    roxyvonschlotterstein ·

    @efrost absolutely well done. thank you for your work on my tiny article.

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