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:
- 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!