Yashica Electro35


A recent addition to my camera collection that is quickly becoming a favorite is the Yashica Electro35. It is an old rangefinder with a fast lens, a quite shutter, and accurate auto exposure. If you are like me and can only dream about owning a Leica, this camera might be just what you are looking for. They are a bargain on Ebay going for $25 or less.

The only downside of the camera is that they don’t make the 6v batteries anymore. Luckly, there are a bunch of enthusiastic fans of the camera that have figured out how to make modern batteries work in this antique. If you need battery help check out this thread in the Yashica Electro35 Flickr group.

If you are interested in seeing some of my photos from this camera you can click here.


The photo below shows what the viewfinder looks like. To focus the camera you align the image inside the diamond with the image outside the diamond.


Here are some of the auctions on Ebay for Yashica Electro35 that you might be interested in:

4 Responses to “Yashica Electro35”

  1. Justin Goh Says:

    I have this camera too, bought it at a thrift store for $10 I think. It came with 2 converter lenses, one wide angle and one telephoto.

    I shot a couple of rolls of film on it. the results were pretty good. I’ve never used the converter lenses, I’m guessing it needs a corresponding viewfinder attachment of some sort?

    anyway, cool!

  2. WHLanteigne Says:

    The Electro 35 series is incredible. I have several, the G, GS, GSN, and MG-1. Looking for the GT and the GTN (black body versions of GS and GSN). The MG-1 has a f2.8 lens, the others have f1.7 lenses. I made my own Yashica Electro converter for A544 or L544 (PX28A or PX28L) cells- a 1/4-20 bolt (5/8″ long O think) and three 1/4-20 nuts, and a bit of 1/32″ thick adhesive rubber. I believe a CR123 cell may also work with a conducting spacer of some sort (right diameter for the battery well on an Electro 35, but a bit too short). They aren’t the exact voltage (6V for alkaline, vs 5.6V for original PX32 mercury) but the Electros don’t seem to mind too much. If I can ever find 28S cells cheap enough I’ll use those instead.

    PX32A is also available, slips right in, but not cheap at http://battstore.stores.yahoo.net/exrebapxa1.html . Duracell seems to have discontinued PX32A.

    In my other cameras that require mercury button cells, (just about every ’70s SLR I own, and several rangefinders) I’ve successfully used 1.4V zinc-air hearing aid cells, using appropriate spacers (#9 or #40 o-rings IIRC, available at most hardware stores, will do the trick in most cameras). The trick is to remove them from the camera right after use and tape up the air holes, then put camera and cells in ziplocs (I put a desiccant pack in with the camera, cells go in a different bag). You can extend the life of zinc/air cells considerably by doing this (we shouldn’t store cameras with any kind of power cells in them anyway, right?) If you forget to take them out, the cells will expire inside the camera within 3-4 months; however, they’re usually available just about anywhere for a bit over $1 each in 8-packs; that’s a couple years of shooting for under $10 in batteries.

    Still working on a way to “stack” zinc cells to make 2.8V, 4.2V, and 5.6V batteries. This may involve shrink tubing…

  3. bilal Says:

    hi i want ask some thing about this camera. is it a color camera? and tell me its price. i ahave same model i wana sale if any intrested plz contact with me

  4. CaptSlow0310 Says:

    Incredible that this camera is still appreciated to this day … I have one left behind by my father … he bought it brand new back in ’78 … it’s got to be a collectible today … unfortunately it still relies on 35mm film … I was thinking of an idea to sort of incorporate a photosensor in place of the film to use it as a digital camera … of course the engineering involved has got to be enormous … but the camera’s basic design makes it cool in itself …

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