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a quality affordable 35mm Rangefinder

Ive been on the look out for a compact 35mm camera for sometime now. Ive not necessarily been looking for a rangefinder but something thats is built well, reliable & retro. So after researching a little bit on line, I came across the Yashica Electro 35mm Rangefinder. Its often referred to as the 'poor mans Leica'. Clearly not on the same level as a Leica in terms of the build quality but nevertheless a cracking little affordable unit. Yashica produced over 8 million of these camera's. You can pick one up in the US for silly money but here in the UK, they tend to be somewhat more expensive. I managed to grab this one of Ebay last week for £76. I was prepared to pay a little more if Im honest as this example was one of the best Ive seen advertised for some time. Getting hold of an instruction booklet was a bonus too. Cheers Shaun

Yashica Electro
Yashica booklet

So, now Ive sorted the camera out, its film time choice. Im starting off with a few rolls of Kodak Portra 400 & 800. I reckon this will be a pretty good choice given the fact I love vivid and colourful imaging. Portra is a high speed daylight well balanced film offering a natural palette with vivid saturation and low contrast. Lets see how it goes....

Kodaks Portra 400 & 800