Yashica Electro 35 GSN


Saturated colors, sharp manual focusing and a richness of details in the lomographs it produces.

I was a bit skeptical at first – I thought this camera might not give me enough of the happy accidents that I was used to with some of my other trusted favorites like the LOMO LC-A. But I took the hefty little metal monster out, shot a roll and, once the film was developed, I was immediately in love. Sharp, vibrant colors with a depth to the pictures that allow for details I hadn’t even noticed while shooting. Great contrast and overall impressive, interesting results.

Uses a quiet and leaf shutter for vibration free stable shots. Shutter speed is automatically selected via the manual aperture settings (if you choose the auto mode – it also has a bulb and flash setting). Press the shutter down half-way and a handy red or yellow over or under arrow light in the viewfinder lets you know if you are under or over exposing (which you might want to play with anyway). Has a built in battery check light. Focusing is done manually by aligning the image in the viewfinder with built-in parallax compensation. Has a hot-shoe for flash, a self timer and the lens accepts standard screw-in filters.

This camera is easy to load, easy to use and delivers the goods!

written by xofari on 2009-11-20 #gear #review #yashica-electro-35-gsn


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    I love the two last shots particularly ! Nice review ! And wow is the lens opening to f/1.7 ??? I must be wrong...

  2. dogma
    dogma ·

    This camera is so great! I love it!

  3. dogma
    dogma ·

    @stouf yes this baby has awsame lens with f/1.7 :)

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Holly f**k !!!

  5. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    the last two shots are awesome!

  6. d_i_d
    d_i_d ·

    Love this camera!

  7. falsedigital
    falsedigital ·

    hehe stouf I don't know why you're so surprised by that :P
    45 and 50mm 1.8 lenses (sometimes 1.7) were really common during the 70s. Both in a fixed format and prepackaged with SLRs.

    Anywho this is one of my favorite cameras too. I was thinking about writing a review about it today also before seeing this :P

  8. boredbone
    boredbone ·

    agree 100%. this cam rocks.

  9. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    These are wonderful cameras!! I have a low rent version of this, a Yashica MG-1. She survived in my brother-in-law's toolbox for job progress photos (for decades), until he went digital, when he gave her to me. For a battery, you have to use a 4LR44 battery wrapped in cardboard and backed with an aluminum foil ball to fit. PX32A's are no longer made. What fits closely and lasts longest is 4 x PC640A's in a series, rolled in cardboard, taped and shimmed with aluminum foil to ~1.6cmx~4.4cm. Enjoy!

  10. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    yeah yeah I was using mine yesterday for cat and dog pix, got that shiz for 8 dollars at a thrift store

  11. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    great camera for sure! and the opening of f 1.7 allows great night shots... and the sharpness of the lens... just impressing!

  12. cubilas
    cubilas ·

    This is a fantastic camera, especially for low light situations and shallow depth of field. I own the GTN, which is the black version (a true beauty) and the GX, which has a 40mm instead of a 45 and is smaller than the GSN or GTN. One of my favourites!

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