A friend of a friend was clearing out some stuff after her Grandad died and found this Yashica 35 – it was subsequently passed onto me. I was confused at first as I only new about the Electro 35, and this wasn’t one of them but thanks to Mike Eckman I found out about it’s history. You can read Mike’s post about it here
So a 60 year old rangefinder, but from a reputable name, what would it be like? I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a real looker, but beauty is not only skin deep, as it feels like quality in the hands too. Well firstly it’s built like a tank, this thing could take on a Zenith in a knocking in nails competition and win! But unlike the Russian, it’s not at all agricultural. The focusing is smooth the non-clicked apertures move easily, as do the clicked shutter speeds, and the single throw lever wind.
If there is a fault it’s the rangefinder patch that is rather small – this is no Leica M6 – but with care, very accurate focusing is possible and so every shot I took came out sharp.
The 45mm f2.8 Yashinon lens is crisp and quite contrasty, meaning no need for much post processing work. It gave some very pleasing colours too. There’s no meter but after the settings were transferred from my venerable Euromaster, the shots from my first roll of Kodak Pro Image 100 (Courtesy of last years Emulsive Secret Santa) came out really well exposed so it appears shutter speeds and apertures are pretty well spot on.
I’m beginning to get a liking for rangefinders, and this one is so nice to use, and gives such fine results, I think it’s going to be a keeper!
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