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Ultra-Perfect Combination: Yashica Electro 35 GX + Expired Samsung Prime Color 100

A perfect combination between a camera and a film doesn’t necessarily mean the team gets on well. Nevertheless, this one I’m writing about goes beyond a team concept and makes it a true love story that started years ago and had its revival by summer 2012: the last Electro 35 series + first Samsung’s Corporation film adventure.

More than one year ago, I was just about to gift myself an amazing example of the last of the long line of 16 Yashica Electro cameras: the Electro 35 GX. That was definitely not my auction, and I regretfully lost it in the last minute!

Luckily (very luckily, I would say), a few months later, I took a chance in a local flea-market, and there she was, on top of a junk box underneath a sales stand full of nice antiques. Ok, ok… I should mention that I was already leaving when a good friend of mine warned me about this forgotten box. Thanks again for that, Nastya!

That same day I had bought a good bunch of expired film. It was Samsung labelled, 100 ISO, and had already expired in early 2005; but they looked nice and all of them had 36 exposures to be filled. I was so excited about my find that I could barely wait to get back home, clean up the camera, check the batteries (which are hard to find), and load a film in its back to check its fast 1:1.7 and wide 40mm Yashinon Lens, consisting of 6 elements in 4 groups. It was Sunday, shops were closed, so… Why not give a try to one of those Samsung Prime Color films?

The results were, simply, amazing. It seems this film was made by Ferrania, in Italy. The colors it provides are sharp and very good for outdoor shooting. But, what it makes this an incredible team is that this film pluses match Yashica’s, making colors even sharper and solving 100 ISO’s negative side with the ultra fast f1.7 lens which can catch the scene in medium to dim light situations.

Some of those expired films remain in my fridge waiting for their right time with the Yashica: I would avoid using it with any other camera since they’ve provided me best results with the GX compared to other affairs they’ve had in the past.

So, I believe these two were meant to get together and, actually, they had been living very close to each other for a good period of time, as flea-market guests.

written by javiergap

2 comments

  1. rbruce63

    rbruce63

    I have two Electro 35's. a GSN presented to me by my father, it was my first camera and I got it overhauled in 2011, and my second one a GX that I got on eBay, sans camera case :-( and the pictures of both are superb.

    The treasure that you have found in this Ferrania film is unbelievable and the combination of both cameras seems like a match made in heaven!

    Congratulations in the interesting pictures and keep the good articles coming!

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  2. rbruce63

    rbruce63

    I have two Electro 35's. a GSN presented to me by my father in 1979 I was 15 years of age then and we started shooting Ektachrome 64 to publish in calendars printed in our printing-shop. It was my first camera and I got her overhauled in 2011. My second one a GX that I got on eBay, sans camera case :-( and i have developed a fondness for her as well.

    The pictures of both are superb. Albeit, they are not substitutes for the ubiquitous SLR. They have a niche. To me the GSN is the quintessential sweetheart camera. The GX seems like the ideal family and friends gathering camera.

    The treasure that you have found in this GX sample of Yashica Electro 35 and this expired and saturated with life and color Ferrania film is unbelievable and the combination of both cameras seems like a match made in heaven!

    Congratulations in the interesting pictures and keep the good articles coming!

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