I loved this heavyweight rangefinder. Note to self: don’t sell your old cameras! Spent a few months with this camera back in 2013 when I was exploring analog camera options. It was a bargain on eBay. Not even too sure why I got rid of it, probably so I could by another camera. But I do regret selling it.
Yashica was a Japanese camera manufacturer, active from 1949 until 2005 when they ceased production after their acquisition by electronics company Kyocera. They made so many beautiful and iconic cameras in their time. They tried to make a comeback with a digital camera which was an absolute disaster. (you inserted preset ‘cartridges’ of ‘film’ and there was even a digital film winder). Major flop and the most stupid design ever. Crowdfunded disaster.
Anyway, that was a few years ago. Back to the beautiful Electro 35G.
Here’s the spiel from the manufacturer:
The Electro 35 G was introduced in 1968 with largely cosmetic changes (from the Electro 35). The range of usable film speeds was extended a little up to 500 ASA. The lens was labelled a “Color Yashinon” to reassure the buying public that it was colour corrected at a time when the use of colour film was growing quickly. The Electro 35 GT was released in 1969 with a body painted black instead of the satin chrome finish.
A compact rangefinder film camera, the Yashica Electro 35 G lets you capture beautiful moments of your life, even when you’re on the go. Bright and sharp pictures are what you’ll get with this Yashica camera, thanks to its f/1.7 aperture and 45-mm focal length. (f/1.7!)
Moreover, this rangefinder film camera has a fully automatic exposure system that lets you capture pictures in various lighting conditions. And featuring a stepless automatic shutter with speeds from 30 seconds to 1/500s, this Yashica camera lets you capture moving subjects beautifully. The Yashica Electro 35 G has ISO/ASA range of 15 to 500, ensuring you get bright pictures even in low light environments.
This is one tough, brick sized camera. It has a very audible shutter. People would turn around in the street. So, not very good for more candid street work.
A real heavy duty workhorse. Focussing is a snap with a really bright viewfinder.
I have included a few images I took with this camera. At the time I was developing my own negs- which is fun, time consuming and also worthy of its own blog post.
Final Word: If you see one of these for sale, go for it. They are a lovely camera to hold and use. You can find out more about Yashica here: https://www.yashica.com/
Let me know if you have used one, or own one. I would love to hear from you!
Best wishes until next time.