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Yashica Electro 35 CC

The Yashica Electro 35CC. I received this camera in a batch along with the Vivitar 35ES. The shipper included a few canisters of expired film. I decided to use the PathMark 100ISO film for the month of October. I had previously tested this camera out with some black and white film and felt pretty comfortable that it was functioning properly. I had to pop the top off when I first got it to sort out a few things but it seems functional.

This is an aperture priority rangefinder camera. It's very compact and easy to use. The metering happens when you depress the shutter release plunger halfway. It will let you know if you are under or over exposed and you can adjust accordingly. The "clunk" noise as you wind the film is a bit odd. And, actually, I added a felt pad to the plunger so it's more of a thud now.

The 35mm/1.8 lens is capable of handling all sorts of lighting situations. Even when using the 100 speed film in low light it wasn't an issue. Now that I think ab…

Vivitar 35ES Compact Rangefinder

September's camera was a return to a compact rangefinder. I readily admit that I'm a big fan of compact rangefinders and I have several of them. I've used a few of them for this blog--the Chinon 35EE II, the Olympus XA, and the Ricoh 500G. The Vivitar 35ES is a good-looking camera that fits right in with the rest of the bunch and was easy to use.

This camera has a 40mm/1.7 lens and bright viewfinder patch. The all black finish is appealing and it has just enough heft to feel solid in your hand. The meter is located within the lens housing but I didn't use any filters this month. Just know that you wouldn't have to compensate when using filters if you use this camera.

I decided to go back to shooting black and white film this month. I still have some bulk Kodak Tri-X from the late 70's that keeps impressing me.

Next month's camera: Yashica 35CC Rangefinder

Sears TLS Single Lens Reflex Camera

When I got this Sears TLS, it had a black Dymo label over the Sears logo that read "Ricoh". I guess the originally owner was embarrassed to carry around a Sears branded camera. Sears camera line was a series of rebranded cameras made by all of the top-of-the-line makers. This one is a rebranded Ricoh Singlex TLS.

I decided to stick with one M42 screw mount lens for this month. I used the Sears len pictured above. It's a 55mm lens that stops down to 1.4. The ASA dial is located on the front face of the camera. It's set by lifting the face and rotating it to the correct setting. The same dial is used to set the shutter speed. The TTL light meter switch is located next to the lens and you push it up to turn it on. Unlike the GAF L-17 I used a few months ago, the meter does not shut off after each use. So I ended up killing the battery pretty quickly since I left it on by accident. I'm a slow and deliberate picture taker so, for me, the auto shutoff of the GAF suits…

Ricoh 500G

The Ricoh 500G is an excellent compact rangefinder. I would put it in the same class as the Olympus XA in terms of being able to produce consistently great quality images with the sharp Rikenon lens (40mm/f2.8). The camera is capable of shooting 25-800 ISO film with shutters speeds of 8/15/30/60/125/250/500 plus Bulb.

Inside the viewfinder, the rangefinder patch is about adequate and the aperture scale is situated vertically on the right side in the viewer. You can run this camera manually or in auto mode. In auto mode, the camera operates as a shutter priority camera. I've found that the camera does a great job of determining correct exposure (even with a modern battery) so I ran it in auto mode for most of my pictures this month. The light meter eye is located in the lens ring so you can use filters without having to compensate for them.

I found this camera on eBay and got it for $20. It was local so I didn't have to pay for shipping.

As I go through this blog project, I&#…