Yashica Electro 35 GSN
A classic and collectable rangefinder camera sporting a very fast and sharp Yashinon DX 45mm 1.7 lens - this Yashica Electro 35 GSN was another thrift store find, priced at $24.95. Other than a filter ring dent, this example is in near mint condition and appears to be fully operational. Oh, there is also one very, very tiny nick or mark on the lens that doesn't clean off, but I'm hoping it doesn't show up on film. I have a roll in this camera as I write this, so I don't yet have a gallery up.
Update, 2/7/2008: My first test roll is in, and all I can say is WOW, what a great camera! I couldn't be more serious about this - the exposures were all dead on and every image was tack sharp! Check out the gallery, and while you are looking at some of the images of store fronts in Yarmouth, keep this in mind... it was a gray overcast day at the end of a rain/sleet/mess of a storm, meaning conditions couldn't have looked more drab in my opinion.
LIKES: very solid feeling and easy to use; exposures dead on accurate; fantastic lens that is both fast and sharp; can take a modern battery with adapter (whether jury rigged or purchased); was cheap to buy!
DISLIKES: nothing to complain about other than a dented filter ring, but I can't blame that on the camera, now can I?
Above: Shops along Main Street in Yarmouth, Maine. Test shot from first test roll through my thrift store Yashica Electro 35 GSN using Kodak Ultramax 400 color print film.
Note: a bunch of the images on my first test roll have a dark line at the top. I'm fairly certain this is from the scanning process at the no-frills photo lab I use, but I will keep an eye out on my next roll to be sure it's not the camera.