Yashica Electro 35, a Treasure in the Drawer

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I knew I was there, but I never stopped to look at it… until Lomography came into my life.

I think I’ve never said that my parents are not fond of photography and I do not know where I got this love for analog (as stories say that my mother has no pictures while she was pregnant because my father always got putting the spool in the camera wrong), so it is normal for a camera from my uncle or my grandfather to go go unnoticed in my home for so long.

Photo from Yashica Guy

In fact, do not even know how I remembered it, but one day I had an inspiration and I went rummaging in the closet where I keep my first camera, a huge QSS, a camera Kinder (yes, yes, white and orange like a Kinder egg) that I won in a drawing contest, my APS camera, which then “donated” to my parents, a pair of binoculars … and between all that, there was the house that was my uncle and then my parents gave and … the same load so hard not to have even one picture of me in my mother’s belly!

With camera in hand, the first thing I did was go online to find an instruction manual. The camera, I read in this website and this website is from the early 70’s. You can’t imagine where was the manual…But I found it!

The second thing I had to do was get me the battery life. I have to explain to you that I never had an analog camera with light meter, which, I read a few forums like this -a.html. Pearl came not only to know what to do to replace a dangerous pile of mercury, which are no longer manufactured, for something similar and easier to obtain and dispose of, but also to review what know and learn more about how these cameras.

The third thing was to open the camera, and find a roll inside! Do not know the illusion that I did! The problem is that he had been “tinkering” with the camera before opening, so that the reel was rewound at all and I could not tell if he was exposed or not. To this day I still do not know because I loaded the sacalengüetas (not you want to know how!) And I still have not made me a home.

But let’s the important thing: the photos!

Having gained the battery (I ordered and I made it into a shop specializing in batteries, which previously did not know such a thing could exist) wanted to release the camera on a trip to Monasterio de Piedra (http://www.monasteriopiedra . com /), on which I have written an outstanding location. I say “wanted” because the paternal genes were revealed and the next thing I had loaded the wrong account reel and had not made a picture of part of the tour! Now I have the LC-A + I see it different, but the first few times you have to be careful because it is so easy to engage the spool in the teething of the coil.

Here father and daughter showing off how well they carry the reels

The first-second reel out pretty decent, mostly because I took the opportunity to be tested with focus and aperture.

- With the focus is not so easy … the first! The system consists of a diamond drawn on the display and focus we need to match the images inside and outside the diamond turning the focus wheel.

- The meter will tell you that is a great system for beginners: just have to press the shutter button halfway and the camera will tell us what to do:

a) Red arrow indicates that there is too much light, turn the wheel to the right opening
b) Nothing, the aperture is correct
c) Orange arrow indicates that there is not much light and and the aperture wheel must be turned to the left.

Still yet, seeing the results, I think we also need to acquire some skill so that the pictures come out with the right light.

And moderately satisfied, and having learned from the early mistakes, I did it with a cable release and ready to test the B mode, I went to the balcony one night to take pictures of fireworks.

As you see, are a bit disastrous, but I put the blame on any factor (first time using Fuji Sensia, tripod a little “Bailon”, the distance at which the fireworks were …) other than the camera. So, not happy with that, I went one night, and more seriously, with tripod, cable and camera in tow to take a walk around my house.

I think many of you know these photos

Now, no? Personally I am very happy with this series.

Not only that, I’m very happy overall with the results of this camera, though at first it cost me a little “tame.”

With slide reel holder cool:

Sensia my first time!
Loarre Castle, another location that I have pending

And in black and white, but during the day, too:

The only drawbacks I see are, first, the size and weight, and always gives a bit of laziness it out, and in my case, that being an old camera and “borrowed” try to be careful with it and not take her to places “dangerous”, so I have to admit that since I have the LC-A + not bag much … But I promise to do it!

Another hidden treasure of my house is a Kodak Brownie Folding (I do not know the specific model) of my grandfather. It seems that mechanically works fine, but still I have to do with reels of 620. We’ll keep you informed!

written by mochilis on 2011-05-26 #gear #review #yashica #70-s #openness #yashica-electro-35 #film-camera #photometer #user-review #surprise #family
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One Comment

  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Nice loving article & amazing fotos...<:)

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