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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Just got the camera back from the shop last Friday. I had high hopes but some fell short after knowing the B Setting is not working anymore, as well as some indicator lights that have become faulty due to 2 decades of non use.  The camera was diagnosed to have a lot of oxidation inside the internal mechanism so rust has built up inside. The camera lens was also out of alignment and was pretty obvious once it was put back into place. 

The battery pack was customized to support newer batteries by insetting a larger spring and adding some support on the battery barrel. I actually saw this trick from one website that features a lot of history  about the Yashica camera. 

The camera has a character of its own.  Aside from it's classic design, it is very is compact.

After some time fiddling with the camera when I got home I noticed that if I set the camera under Auto and hit the shutter, the opening gets stuck open for sometime. The problem is gone if I set to Flash setting. One more thing that I got a shock from was the external Flash, and its a literal shock!  I got electrocuted from touching this metal piece thats exposed! I've thought of something to cover it so I don't get electrocuted in the face when taking shots.

A lot of people are asking me why do I even bother with the repairs and developing charges if I can get a brand new DSLR camera with all the cool features. It's the analog feel of using one, and the unexpected surprise that I get from the time the roll has been developed. Nothing beats the grain quality of a developed roll of film.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pencil Drawings.

I just love pencil sketches. The raw energy of a charcoal on paper has that feel of life in it. If you've seen the works of Herakut you'll be amazed how they can transfer the same energy from paper to graffiti art.

It was just a few months ago that I started drawing again and I realized that I still love doing it. I wished I hadn't stopped.

Time is your enemy. Better start doing what you love now!

Here's a shameless plug to my personal sketches. I would love to hear your feedback.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Revive the Electro 35 GSN

Finally managed to send the camera for servicing. The shop said that they could customize the battery chamber so that newer batteries can be used. Apparently the battery that you use for the Electro 35 GSN is now obsolete. The camera was diagnosed really bad as well, but the shop gave me a reasonable price just so that we can revive it from decades of non use.

Monday, January 10, 2011

And I didn't realize it's 2011 already... Yaschica Electro 35

Happy 2011! There are loads of things that I need to fix and start right away. I just acquired my Yaschica Electro 35 camera. It has been with my family since the 1980's. Before I find it really bulky and outdated. But now, it's a classic! It will be a major overhaul because I need to have it cleaned and serviced. The leather case looks like it's gonna give way anytime and there's a lot of dust or mould inside the viewfinder. I recall there were a few problems with the shutter, but looks like it's not there anymore. The lens cover got lost and I need to replace the batteries just so the other settings would work. Hopefully everything goes well.