I came about my Electro 35 purely by chance. I must admit that I knew about these cameras but never had much interest in them in the past, but ever since seeing The Amazing Spiderman (Andrew Garfield is the perfect Peter Parker; change my mind!) I wanted one. But thanks to that incredible movie, the prices tripled online compared to what they used to be. So I stopped looking.
In October 2018, I saw a listing for one on Facebook Marketplace, for $40 with the full retail kit! A quick eBay search for the same kit returned ads of $300+. Now in my town, you don’t see many cameras sold on Facebook or in thrift stores. I’m unsure why but it’s just not a thing where I live so I jumped on this listing as soon as I saw it. I told the lady if she could bring it to my work in a half hour I’d buy it, so she did.
That meant I got my Electro 35 GS, the wide angle and tele converter, the external viewfinder, original manuals and receipts, lens filters and a tiny monopod all in the big leather Yashica box. And the most important part, NO PAD OF DEATH!
When my wife told me that there was a fundraiser walk for premature babies coming up (our daughter was born at 30 weeks) I thought it was a good opportunity to take my new Yashica out. But one problem, in Townsville the sun rises at 6am and it rises quick. That means by 8am when the walk started the sun is already overhead. Also, I wanted to pull my Kodak Ultramax to 100 and I didn’t have a battery for the camera yet, so it only shot at 1/500 shutter speed. A welcome challenge!
All in all, the subject matter could be better but I am a huge fan of the colours and sharpness of the legendary lens on these cameras. I have shot many many rolls with it since that are either getting developed if they were colour, or waiting for me to develop them if they were black and white that I know will be keepers.
If you made it this far, I appreciate you giving me some of your time to read my experience shooting with this set up. Remember, stay broke and shoot film!