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.