Yashica Electro 35 GSN (and its equivalent in the black GTN color) is the most advanced of a long series of rangefinder Electro 35 produced in the 1960s and 1970s.
The design of the whole series is very simple and beautiful at the same time. The body is basically an ordinary cuboid - a bit rounded at the edges of the box, to which the knobs, levers, shutter and the lens are attached, which occupy almost central position on the front wall.
The changes in the main Electro line from the first model Electro 35 to the GSN model were not great. The most significant of these is the introduction of gold-plated contacts in the internal electronics connections in order to reduce the effects of oxidation and the addition of a hot shoe (GSN model)
The camera is larger than it appears in the pictures; also bigger than competing rangefinders. It does not fit in your pocket, but it is also not as bulky as a SLR. Perfectly in your hands, it is well balanced.
The biggest advantage of Yashica Electro is the lens: Yashinon 45 mm with a brightness of 1.7. Among the rangefinders with a non-interchangeable lens, this Yashinon 1.7 can compete virtually only with the Canonet QL17 lens. They were produced by Tomioka's optical factory (冨 岡 光学), which Yashica bought in 1969. The six-sided Yashinon 1.7 was a breakthrough at that time and remained legendary until today. Thanks to it, the company could release advertising slogans like "Flash? Why? "- not because Electro does not work with flash (on the contrary, the GSN model has a hot shoe and a PC connector), but because a clear lens and precise exposure measurement (see below) predispose the camera to take pictures even when very low light.
The mechanism for adjusting the exposure is very interesting and unique in Electro. On the basis of the set film sensitivity and the aperture, the electromagnet (from which the series took its name) infinitely controls the shutter speed. The photographer does not know what time the camera set; it is only guided by the indication of two lights: if the orange lights up, you must use a support or tripod (time longer than 1/30 of a second); if it is red, it is too bright despite setting the shortest 1/500 time - you need to stop the aperture more or use a less sensitive film.
Sample photos taken with this camera: