I went to e-bay and bid on a rangefinder. I think the bidding's over now though I was the only one who bid, and only once. I'm so happy. The camera I bought is a Yashica Electro GSN and for a whole $10 US. I hope it works. The only problem is is that it's not black. Maybe next time I'll go for the black professional version of the GSN, but that might cost me a few more bucks.
Thanks, Bob. I know about the battery thing. A battery will probably cost more than the cam. I should have the cam in a couple of weeks or so. Don't know if the buyer takes M.C. I'll most likely have to send him a M.O.
E-bay seems to be the only place I can find what I want, and it sure beats phoning around. Most of the pawn shops here are difficult to deal with, because many owners don't speak English and over price things. Sometimes as much as 300%.
The Electro GSN was my first real 35mm camera. I got it back around 1977 and used it on my honeymoon. It was a really fun camera to use and worked great. And although it wasn't a very expensive camera, it was well built and had an excellent lens. Enjoy it. marke
"Back around 1977," I got a Nikon FM, a Yashica FR and a Yashica Rolliflex knock-off. I also had a Voigtlander Vitomatic ll. I know I'm on the wrong forum for this comment, but I just want to say that my FM2T is a hell of a better SLR than my FM, though the Yashica FR was one hell of a camera. It was the model that took Contax RTS Zeiss lenses.
What he told me was that it doesn't seem to work with the 1/500 shutter speed setting and no battery, which is supposed to, or so he thinks. He offered not to send it but I told him that I want it anyway. If it doesn't work I can get it fixed or use it for its parts---when I get another one. And he already sent it after I told him I still want it! He said that Canadians are trustworthy.
Will do, and by the way, I will be buying another GSN tomorrow. This one is like new and it works. More money, though. After this, I'm going to see about a new or used M7. But because of the high cost, there will be no rushing in.
I almost bought a Nikkor 50mm F1.8 AIS yesterday (e-bay), but one never knows if the lens is really "clean" and this AIS version sure looks like the metal ring version Nikon E.
I just won a bid on a second and last Yashica Electro GSN. This one was $44, though. The seller just lives on the other side of the border from me. Maybe shipping won't be so darn expensive. Have a nice day!
>I just won a bid on a second and last Yashica Electro GSN. >This one was $44, though. The seller just lives on the other >side of the border from me. Maybe shipping won't be so darn >expensive. Have a nice day!
Big mistake! I bought a rangefinder awhile ago, now I have 13 of them. It's an addiction that is very difficult to quit. Congratulations, and good luck.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye ---Exupery
Congrats Frank. My first "real" camera was the Yashica Electro 35 rangefinder passed to me by my dad when I was 12. I have fond memories of that camera, and when the offer came up on Ebay, well, a generous friend snapped up an Electro 35 for me in pretty pristine condition. Got a battery adapter from Yashica Guy and am going to do a series of London photos with it. Have fun with yours!
Yes, I'm buying them because they are so cheap and I hear they are great rangefinders. I should have 4 of them by the end of the month, and after that I may go for a GTN (the black professional model).
I have a couple of the Petri 7s which are quite nice. It's fully manual with no battery and has a selenium meter built in. A sharp 45mm f/1.8. I like them a lot but there is only 1 problem though. I feel that these cheap cameras took sharper pictures than my F5.
I've been trying to snag one of these or similar for the past few weeks. What I like about them is, I want a Camera I could throw in the car and drag around with all the time, without the worry of losing a more expensive camera.
2 of them I sent to the yashica guy so that he can screw around with. 3 I kept because 1 is brand new, 1 was used once, if that, and the one I'm using right now is also pretty much new from what I can tell. The 2 that I'm not using are still in their original boxes with the foam, manual, batteries, UV filter and batteries. The batteries are not in the camera and they still work. So I own 3 new pooor man's Leicas. Can't beat that.
Congrats. I still have my Yashica GS bought new in the early 70's by my mom and given to me when I joined the Navy in '79. That camera went around the world with me and still looks and works like new. I have the two screw on lenses (wide and tele) and eyepiece adaptor; not that I can recall how to make those lenses work together when mated since you have to calculate the markings on both.
In any case, the batter issue can be solved easily by contacting Wellington Battery in NJ. They boought the molds and patents for the old batteries. No adaptors and meter is right on!
Thanks for the link, Tom. I'll check it out right after my GSN update.
Update: yes, the Yashica Electro 35 GSN takes great pictures. I was worried about the auto shutter getting the correct exposure, but the camera seems to read the light bang on. Also, the pictures are much sharper than the ones shot with my Nikon E 50mm. Update completed. Now for the good news. My closet houses 2 brand new GSN's in their original boxes, plastic'd over and resting in a big box. Gotta have more than one. Furthermore, the GSNs have brass plates in them---bottom and top---unlike the new and more expensive Zeiss Icon, which only is made from aluminium. Ugh.
I wonder if the new Bessa R2A and R3 will have a better "click" than the older R2. I kinda liked the mechanical R2, though. It was somewhat over-priced, I thought, but these days its price has really dropped. Maybe now is a good time to buy one.
I ordered super early, so I actually ordered and received one of the limited edition single-coated 40mm S.C. lenses - I'll primarily be shooting b&w with this and I figured it would be interesting. The lens has a smooth distance ring and an aperture ring that clicks at 1/2 stops. The finish on the lense is nice. The lens cap is flimsy and you have to really push the finger pinching mechanism into the lens to keep it from accidentally popping off, but other than that it seems just fine.
I have no frame of reference other than Nikon equipment, so I cannot compare the build quality to other rangefinders or camera systems. The camera itself seems to be substantial, with a decent amount of heft and nice rubberized grips. The fit and finish is excellent. The rangefinder is huge - the 1:1 ratio is very nice and I'm getting used to keeping both eyes open. I'm struggling with composition now that I can see so much - I'm going to really have to put more thought into the other elements in my field of vision. It's also difficult to mentally crop the area within the viewfinder to get an idea of what the final product will be. These kinds of challenges are just what I wanted to get out of this camera, and I hope using it improves my composition.
I have dry fired it just once, and it doesn't seem loud at all, but again I have no frame of reference. I have not shot any film at all with it yet, but hopefully I'll get an opportunity to do so in the next few days.
Stay tuned, I'll be adding some more soon. Anyone interested in pictures -of- the camera and lens?
What I like about the mechanical R2 is that it's mechanical. At one point I was thinking of buying one but it was over-priced for what it was. I'm just talking about the body. It's discontinued now and prices really dropped. I'm not sure if Mr. Gandy has any left. Right now my GSNs fulfil my rangefinder need. If Cosina comes out with some brass & steel I really liked, I'd maybe go for it. Depending. A friend of mine has an older Bessa R and the thing fell apart. Hopefully the new R2A and R3A are of better quality.
I loaded it with film yesterday - some old Reala 100 I had sitting in the fridge. I figure this roll could look like just about anything - blurry, poorly exposed, you name it and I don't feel like wasting anything better until I see how I fare with this thing.
I've taken some shots in the last couple of days, I want to get some more on this roll before I get it developed. Hopefully I'll have something to evaluate by the end of the weekend.
Once film is loaded and advanced, the camera will permit the metering to function. Pressing half-way on the shutter release activates the metering, and in Aperture Priority mode, red numerals corresponding to the shutter speed light up at the bottom of the viewfinder. In manual mode, two of the red LED numerals are lit, one with the currently set shutter speed, one with what the meter thinks it should be. Getting proper exposure is a simple matter of getting only one shutter speed illuminated in the viewfinder. In either case, the LED remains lit for 8 seconds after you lift your finger from the shutter release.
The film advance lever is smooth and seems to do a good job of accurately advancing the film. The rotating dial that indicates the number of shots is positioned exactly at the delineation marks.
So far I like the camera and I'm looking forward to getting these first shots developed.
EDIT - Quick question. Could someone please help me interpret this?
My interpretation is that the camera would be able to be set for films down to 25 ISO, but that exposure metering would only be coupled (accurate) for films set at ISO 100 or higher. Does that sound right?
My assumption is that if I were going to be using the internal metering system with ISO 50 film, I would want to set it for ISO 100 and then overexpose by 1 stop using exposure compensation.
>EDIT - Quick question. Could someone please help me >interpret this? > >"Exposure Coupling Range: EV1-19(ISO100, F1.4, 1 >sec-F16,1/2000sec)" > >"Film Speed Range: ISO 25-3200 by 1/3 steps" > >My interpretation is that the camera would be able to be set >for films down to 25 ISO, but that exposure metering would >only be coupled (accurate) for films set at ISO 100 or >higher. Does that sound right? > >My assumption is that if I were going to be using the >internal metering system with ISO 50 film, I would want to >set it for ISO 100 and then overexpose by 1 stop using >exposure compensation. > >Am I making the right assumptions?
I think not. The first statement is just telling you that the camera's limits for metering are EV (Exposure Value) 1 to EV 19, and that with ISO 100 film, this range translates to: 1 sec at f1.4 (=EV1) to 1/2000 sec at f16 (=EV19). With ISO 25 film, the range would be: 4 sec at f1.4 (=EV1) to 1/500 sec at f/16 (=EV19), though I don't know whether the camera actually has a 4 sec shutter speed setting.
The second statement is saying that the camera will allow setting of ISO to anywhere between 25 and 3200, in 1/3 stop steps. You should therefore be able to use the camera's metering, without compensation, with any film between ISO 25 and 3200.
I understand that, but the options in manual mode are only 1 second to 1/2000th. As you point out, I'd need 2 seconds with ISO 50 film to shoot the lens wide open at EV1. If I commit to using only Aperture Priority AE, I can use shutter values from 8 seconds to 1/2000th. I guess it should only matter with exposures in excess of 1 second, but you see my dilemma. I guess I could just use exposure compensation when I need to use manual mode with any shutter speeds in excess of 1 second. Thanks for helping me think it through.