Out here we only get a mail delivery three days a week. Then we have to call in at the general store to pick it up, it’s a great idea and could catch on. So anyway look what arrived in the post today! A yashica Electro in exchange for $52 Aussie dollars off ebay, a birthday present.
It seems to be in working order and I have it on good authority that it takes photo’s on a par with those from a Leica? I only wish I could afford a Leica to find out for myself.
There seems to be a lot of interest in these Yashica’s so lots of useful information can be found online here at the Flickr group here at the Lomography website and from the Yashica Guy amongst others.
I have already read up a bit from the numerous forums about the battery not being available anymore and ways to get around it. There was a battery in the camera a ‘E164’ but it was almost dead, reading only 3.2v instead of 5.6v on my Fluke multimeter.
So here in the bush with no battery shops! We have to adapt.
What I found in my toolbox was an Energizer LR1 and three LR44 Engel fridge batteries.
I never drink and drive but when camping, the Engel keeps the beer cold. Don’t believe all you hear about ‘Poms’ Because this one Showers and hates warm beer! Especially when bush camping in his Land Rover Defender with his English nurse and Banjo the Lab.
Wrap these batteries in a tube made from the packaging from the LR44 and it is the exact height and diameter of the original.
A quick measure on the Fluke to confirm 6 volts and to check that I have them the right way round and pop them into the camera. I was impressed by my bush ingenuity even if I say so myself.
Lo and behold once in the camera pressing the ‘Battery check button’ lit up a lovely green led under the film counter dial. Opening and closing the iris of the lovely Yashinon lens lit up in turn the two over and under exposure warning leds.
So a quick clean, load a film and hang it on the Hills Hoist for a photo shoot.
Now all that remains is to shoot a roll of Slide film, post it off to the nearest processing lab wherever that may be and sit and wait and wait for the post.
Hmm, Maybe digital does have it’s advantages, especially when you live in a remote place like I do.