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April 12, 2013 / Gregory Williams

Camera Results: Yashica Rangefinders

Yashica Elextro 35 GSNWhen I wrote the first results post about rangefinders I forgot the Yashica cameras I tested, because it was easy to do.

They are not terrible, just not as great as the Internet would have one believe.

They are not heavy, but they are sizable on the same scale of a full size SLR. Their light weight does not go well with their size.Yashica MG-1 top

What is taking up all that room are the electronics, which on the GSN includes a superfluous battery tester, and on all models the slow/over exposure warning lights on the top of the body. A awkward place to look while taking pictures and indicators that are already viewable in the viewfinder. They also have a manual shutter release lock that tends to prevent opportune shots more than prevent accidental exposures.

The battery is also hardly available, f/stops are limited, and at least on the cameras I tested the film speed dials were too easy to manipulate, resulting in inadvertent changes.Chrom Yashica MG-1

To be fair, many of the problems I found with these cameras are easily resolved with some effort or practice, and the test shots did come out well.

These cameras do not suit my tastes for function in a user camera, but there are many who swear by them.



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  1. Derek / Apr 13 2013 2:24 am

    They are very cost effective.

  2. / Jul 19 2013 5:22 am

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