I’ve always wanted a film camera, especially the rangefinders. The rangefinders are sharper and have less distortion, resulting superior image quality than the DSLR cameras. This is possible due to lack of mirror placed between the image plane and rear element of the lens. Not only the rangefinders have superior image quality, it is also light weight, have great build quality, and most importantly, it’s a joy to turn that film advance lever.
I purchased Yashica Electro 35 GSN with Color Yashinon DX f/1.7 45mm lens. You can get a decent copy for less than $50. It is very affordable for those who want to try out the old school cameras. But, do not be fooled by the cheap prices. You also have to buy batteries and films, and pay fee for developing the films if you don’t have your own film development kit. Also, in most cases, you will spend quite of money to replace or repair parts of the rangefinder because they need frequent check up due to its delicate mechanical instrument.
My Yashica was in pretty good shape. The outer shell is clean and have no issue other than average scratches on the bottom. However, I did spot haze around outer part of the lens, but it shouldn’t affect the final image that much. After thorough inspection, I was only missing the light seal which is easy five or ten dollar fix. Once I get that done, I will be able to shoot and show you the images. So, stay tuned!