Yashica Electro 35 GSN, "Nachteule"


The GSN, 35 mm Rangefinder Jornalist-Style camera, “Nachteule” (or Owl) how I call it, Rangefinder or as near as I will get to a Leica for the next couple years.

“I have to have a rangefinder”, went trough my mind one late night in august. The GSN is one. A cheap one indeed, although with a very sharp contrasting lens.

When I got mine used from the internet, it was the first camera I disassembled myself! You have to know that this baby comes some quirks: When cocking the shutter you have to hear a loud “CLONK” Inside is a small rubber pad and the tooth of time may have destroyed it if you only hear a “pling”. The rubberish material preventing lightleaks can, like with many 70ties and 80ies cameras, become disintegrated. I removed it with alcohol and replaced it with foamed rubber from the DIY store.

Like most old rangefinder cameras the viewfinder glassesin my GSN needed cleaning. But don´t be discouraged by all of that, the web offers a variety of repair manuals and you can´t get a better rangefinder cam for such little money.

The bare facts:

  • 35mm
  • Aperture Priority
  • f:16 -f: 1,7
  • 1/30 sec- 1/500 sec

1:1,7, thats why I called it “Nachteule”, Owl in the beginning. And thats one of the things making the GSN interesting for Lomographers: You can capture low light situations without flash, keeping the natural atmosphere. Plus the aperture priority lets you keep control over the depth of field.

I mostly use my GSN in low light situations like dusk and dawn, also for artificial light pictures indoors and outdoors and as a point and shoot cam for street photography.

Probably the GSN could be an addition to your quiver? Give me a line or two about your experience if you get hooked too!


written by zark on 2008-11-22 #gear #yashica #35mm #review

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  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    the more I know it the more I love it!
    great gallery!

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Just bought one, can't wait to have it my hands!! :)))

  3. michaelyourcrazy
    michaelyourcrazy ·

    Can't wait to begin taking pictures with mine, just found it at the antique store yesterday.

    Really enjoyed the pictures too.

  4. locokid
    locokid ·

    I have a Yashica Electro 35 GS (without the N, though it doesn't appear to be any different. It is a most excellent camera. i have only had mine for a fortnight but have already run a number of films through it and the results are beautiful. Many of them are on my lomohome so check it out if you are interested in this camera. if you want to improve your reportage and 'snapshot aesthetic' then this is the camera for you. A gem.

  5. llouise
    llouise ·

    my grandfather gave me his a few months ago, i must get some rolls developed sometime. I'm liking the look of these pictures =)

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