Yashica Electro 35 GSN rangefinder 35mm camera w/ever-ready case

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Includes the original Yashica 'ever-ready' case.
Note: this camera was originally designed to use now-discontinued PX32 style batteries; in our testing modern 4LR44 batteries with foil as a spacer are a prefect substitute.

Introduced in 1973, the Yashica Electro 35 GSN is the final iteration of the company's iconic 35mm rangefinder (sometimes known as the 'Spider-Man camera'). This camera is built around the legendary Color-Yashinon DX f/1.7 45mm lens (6 elements in 4 groups) and features an aperture-priority auto exposure mode; a flash mode (fixed 1/30 second shutter speed); a bulb mode; and a mechanical self-timer.

The camera's serial number is H1806925. It was assembled in Hong Kong (but the major parts like the lens and rangefinder were made in Japan). 

The camera originally used a PX32 style battery but a common 6v 4LR44 battery (available as an option) with some tinfoil to fill the empty space works great.

Condition notes
The camera was tested with film and delivered sharp, well-exposed images. It is in very good aesthetic condition as well. The camera's original ever-ready case is included.


Example photos
Here are some pictures that other people have taken with the Electro 35 GSN: https://www.lomography.com/cameras/3325875-yashica-electro-35-gsn/photos


  • Lens: COLOR-YASHINON DX f/1.7 45mm; 6 elements in 4 groups; stops down to f/16.
  • Shutter: Electronic shutter with an infinite range of speeds from 1/500 sec. to 30 seconds; B setting; built-in self-timer; X sync. (X-Contact Hot Shoe); shutter release lock; automatic setting.
  • Focusing: Coupled range/viewfinder focusing; 0.8 meter (2'6") to infinity; bright frame with automatic parallax compensation.
  • Exposure Control: Solid-state 'Electronic Brain' controls the electronic shutter according to light intensity measured by the CdS sensor; precise shutter speed for correct exposure in any light is determined and set AUTOMATICALLY; exposure symbols for easy selection of aperture; arrows warn against over-exposure and signal slow shutter speed and advisability of using a tripod; ASA range from 25 to 1000 (DIN 15-31); power source—Mallory PX32, Eveready E164 or equivalent.
  • Other Features: Single-stroke film advance lever charges shutter, sets electronic exposure control to standby condition, registers count of exposed frames and prevents double exposure; automatic resetting exposure counter; fold-away crank handle for rapid film rewind; multi-slot take-up spool for easy film loading, battery checker incorporated in the exposure counter window.
  • Lens Shade: 57mm slip-on type.
  • Filters: 55mm screw-in type.
  • Dimensions: 180 x 84 x 73.5mm (4.08 x 3.3 x 2.89 in.)
  • Weight: 750 grams (1.65 lbs)

Tips for taking better photos

  • For better color pictures, shoot in soft, diffused light.
  • When the YELLOW arrow is ON, use a tripod (also with B and Self-Timer).
  • When the main subject is the point of interest, use the largest aperture suited for the prevailing light. If a greater depth of field is required, stop down the aperture as necessary.
  • When it is. necessary to stop action in outdoor photography, turn the Aperture Ring to where the RED arrow just disappears. At this point, the shutter speed is about 1/500 sec.
  • When photographing spot-lighted subjects or against light, reset the ASA Film Speed Setting Ring.
  • Example with ASA 100 film:
  • (a) Strong spot-lighted — reset to ASA 200-400.
  • (b) Against light — reset to ASA 50 or 25.
  • The use of an ND filter when shooting in blazing sunlight, snow or beach scenes is recommended.
  • Reset the ASA Film Speed Setting Ring according to filter factor.
  • For night photography, WITHOUT FLASH, set the Exposure Control Ring at the AUTO position and the Aperture Ring at the INDOORS (window) symbol. In all cases, the shutter speed will be determined and set AUTOMATICALLY. However, when shooting with the YELLOW arrow ON, use a tripod.