Object of Desire: Yashica Electro 35 GSN Camera

FEBRUARY 06, 2014

By Dan Havlik

Rangefinder cameras never seem to go out of style and now the folks at Lomography have reissued an analogue classic: the Yashica Electro 35 GSN. This popular rangefinder, which was originally introduced in Japan in 1966, is named after the electro-magnet that controls the speed of its electronic, automatic, step-less shutter. Lomo’s Yashica Electro re-release features a 45mm f/1.7 lens and built-in automatic Above the Lens (ATL) metering, designed to snap sharp images in low light. Street photographers will like that the rangefinder’s leaf shutter is ultra-quiet, unlike the noisy mirror mechanisms in digital SLRs that can scare off shy subjects. Meanwhile, a twistable focus ring with built-in parallax compensation makes fast, on-the-fly, manual focusing with the Yashica Electro 35 GSN a breeze. The camera shoots in Aperture Priority mode, selecting the shutter speed automatically. And for those photographers who still love the analogue cool of classic cameras, this Yashica looks like it was just pulled from a time capsule from the swinging ’60s.

Price: $250

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