If you are owner of Yashica electro 35 GSN camera, then you should take a closer look at Lomo electra 112. Is it just for me, or these both cameras really look like sisters? Well lets find out what kind of likeness and differences they have.
I‘m really a lucky bastard, because I both have these cameras and it is a great opportunity to test them and make really detailed comparison.
How did I got those cams? Well, Lomo Electra 112 I have found at my parents “dump”. By that time I was only beginner Lomographer and I owned only Fisheye2 and Smena ymbol, so this little discovery was like a miracle to me. But as a young Lomographer back then with low experience, I decided that this camera is broken, because the shutter was not responding. So I put it away and forgot it for some time, without paying attention at the name of this camera Lomo ELECTRA 112. ELECTRA means only one thing – it needs battery. Till now I cant understand how I could miss that :).
Time was running away, I grew up, I was buying cameras one after another and one day wondering at @vicuna’s home some pictures caught my eyes. They where taken with Yashica electro 35 GSN. I could not resist for a such camera, so after some hours of Googling for any basic info about this model, I ordered it. I was shooting with Yashica for a couple of months without having any clue that she has a Russian sister which was at my house.
One day ( it was two years later as I found Lomo ELECTRA 112) I decided to have a closer look at the broken ELECTRA 112 and try to fix it, or maybe to make pinhole camera, or something else. Now it ddi not take long to find out that this camera needs batteries. What kind of? I don’t know, but Google does :), so after some research I found out what kind of batteries it needs. It was some strange type of 6V batteries which I definitely don’t have at home. But I had some 1,5V watch batteries, so I just put four 1,5V batteries together to have on 6V unit and Lomo ELECTRA 112 was live again. I started to test it and I noticed that whole this camera reminds me something, something very similar… BINGO – a Yashica 35GSN! Only now I saw how similar these cameras are. Both of these cams are rangefinders and have the same under-over exposure system with yellow and red lights, aperture priority mode, electronic shutter, battery test button and green light if batteries are OK. Even the logo of the these cameras looks very similar :) The main thing which makes these cameras different is – size and lens. Yashica electro 35 GSN has a beautiful Color Yashinon DX 45mm F1.7-F16 lens, which makes this camera very powerful, low light gun and Lomo ELECTRA 112 owns a legendary Industar-73 40mm F2.8-F22 lens which is known for it‘s amazing sharpness.
I’m really happy that I own both of these electro sibllings and I shoot by time to time with them. Which I prefer? Ohh it’s so hard to tell, because my Lomo ELECTRA 112 has a very interesting “bug”. Sometimes when she is in the mood :) it release the shutter as soon as I turn the film advance lever without pressing a shutter release button. Sometimes it works normally, perhaps it depends from the mood, that’s why I decided to make doubles, all the time, as I shoot with this camera. This makes process and results more interesting.