It's got a fixed 50mm f1.7 lens attached.
I had taken pictures with this, the Contax G2 and the Leica M7 and had them all together, and could barely tell which was which.
The Yashica is the best $40 I've ever spent on camera equipment.
$40 is a great deal for that Yashica :) The thing with buying old cameras (as I found with my FE's) is that the cost of the camera is only the beginning, because they usually need some service. That's why I'm a little shy on the price.
It works for the type of photography I use it for, which is primarily street shooting. It's not the camera I try to get creative with, in the sense of the exposure being the effect.
The Olmpus 35rd you mentions had one drawback - the meter doesn't work in manual mode.
I haven't touched the Konica, so I can't comment.....
You know what's also a fun little rangefinder is the Olympus XA. Focusing is a bit difficult, but you can through the thing in your pocket.
I wasn't rushing to buy anything so I think I will shop around a little bit and see if bargains come up. If they're cheap enough it would be fun to try a few. The idea of taking it back to the basics is appealing to me right now. But maybe not so basic as not having a meter...
But to get in, even at a basic level is around $700. A lot of money for something that is such old technology. Epson came out with a digital rangefinder a few years ago called the R-D1, which was based on the Voigtlander body.
Years ahead of Leica's M8.... And the M8 is noisy (picture wise) compare to the current generation of inexpensive dSLR's.
Right now, my "go to" cameras are:
Canon G10 - the carry everywhere camera.
Contax G2 35mm autofocus rangefinder
Nikon D2xs - the big rig
Mamiya 7II 6x7 - For those really special landscape pictures
BTW, if anyone is interested, I have two small digital cameras for sale:
Canon PowerShot S410
email me here if you want more information on either camera.
who stole peters enter key? doesn't look as if he owns one.
So that's my feature list now.. compact, must have manual mode, F/1.8 or lower, fairly well regarded lens, must be adaptable to available batteries, must have meter (ideally in all modes.. but I probably won't get that). The cameras in the running currently are the Konica S2, Minolta 7SII, Olympus 35RD... They all have their strengths and weaknesses.
I think the Olympus has the most highly regarded lens, though the Konica seems to have a lot of admirers. The Minolta has some nice features (like AE lock.. very convenient) but uses a discontinued mercury battery and I don't know if there's a retrofit that allows the meter to work correctly. So these all need to be researched a bit more.
Mon Dec 29 2008 18:29:18 EST from Peter Pulse@uncnsrd
The text client doesn't really encourage paragraphs :)
When using the text client, I got into the habit of the following key combinations to create a paragraph:
The space is used to trick the formatter into creating the paragraph for you.
So ... mercury batteries aren't around any more? Sounds obvious now that you mention it, but I wasn't aware that they'd gone ahead and phased them out.
I've wanted to go back to a rangefinder for a while.. it is too bad I didn't take action on this 10 years ago when nobody cared. Now it's a craze and collectors are hoarding cameras and driving prices up. Depending on how it goes with this Canon I might try to get all 4 of these and see what I like best.. while I can still get them.
As far as the batteries go, it turns out that there are zinc-air batteries of the correct voltage.
They don't last as long but they work corectly in the cameras. The other option is to do what Ragnar is doing and use an alkaline battery (I think), it works but the exposure is a little off. The last option is to install a diode in the camera, which will drop the voltage by the correct amount.
Some people suggest setting a slightly higher ISO on the camera to compensate for the battery voltage. This works but it is non-linear (only works perfectly at certain settings). I think I'll start out with the zinc-air and then if I have a reason to open the camera up, I'll install the diode.
Good luck with your rangefinder.... But don't feel bad about "collectors".
The prices seems to have steadied about two years ago.....
Turns out I have some other guys camera and he was shipped mine (but it's still in transit)... Ebay seller is a nice guy, he's really sorry. First he thought mine had not been shipped yet. So I was going to ship the K1000 to the other guy, at sellers expense. But now, he contacted me and said unfortunately my camera was shipped to the other guy, he's really sorry, and he's refunded both our payments for the trouble. So I have the other guys info and he has mine, and it is up to us to swap the cameras. So hopefully Monday we'll both ship the cameras and maybe by the end of next week I'll have the Canon.
Meanwhile, I purchased another camera.. a Konica Auto S2.. this one was a real deal. $61 and it is in clean, recently used, fully working condition with the light seals recently replaced. And it has a pretty nice condition original case, manual, box, lens cap, strap...
So I'm excited about that. I can just start shooting, no repairs :)
But anyway so yea there were 4 of this vintage and type rangefinder that have caught my interest, I will now have two of them. I hadn't intended to collect these but since I haven't yet nabbed the one I think I really want, I might as well look for deals on the others... When it's all over I will probably keep just one or two of them and pass the rest on to someone else.
Subject: Pentax body
Sat Dec 27 2008 07:31:44 EST from fleebin Shutterbugs> @uncnsrd (Uncensored)
I have been tempted, on many occasions, to buy another Pentax ME Super, like the one I used for all those photojournalism assignments many, many years ago.
Madam Anthrax had stolen my camera (I made the mistake of lending it to her, and she refused to return it, saying I had to buy it back). It was a damn good camera, and I knew how to make it take great pictures.
I may have one, new in the box if you're interested. $70 USD should about cover it. It was suposed to replace my Pentax K1000 that was actually stolen about 6 years ago, but the plastic body of this one never felt right.