C.Michael wrote in post #12956267
I was keen on the Yashi Electro 35 as a 'compact' rangefinder. I was unsure of the ability to go full manual though? What lens does it have?
That's not just an Electro 35, it's an Electro 35 GSN (hot shoe). It does not have a "manual" mode, but will fire at 1/500", 1/30" (flash sync) or 'B'. It's not as compact as the Canonets, of which the G-III QL17 is the best and has a better focusing ring (a stem). I have both cameras and use each (along with two Fujica 35-SEs, f/2.8 and f/1.9, and V2 that is getting rebuilt by Mark Hama ATM - see pic). The Yashica has better optics, but the Canonet is no slouch. The Canonet also has meter information in the finder so you can tell both shutter speed and aperture. The Yashica only tells you aperture. You can get batteries for the Yashica (requires 2 and it's voltage-regulated), but the Canonet takes the 1.35V mercury oxides, which are no longer available. Thus you need to buy the Wein cells (which are only good for a few months) or the CRIS MR-9 adapter for 1.5V silver oxides. This adapter regulates the voltage to 1.35V and the silver oxide battery will last a few years with normal use.
I have updated manuals in PDFs for the Canonet and the Yashica if you want them.
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