Editor’s Note: I was experimenting with a new format for the Phoblographer in preparation for our upcoming redesign launching this August. This post was supposed to showcase that experience but it crashed and failed pretty hard. Either way, I genuinely do hope that you enjoy this piece.
“They were crap compared to some of the others out there,” is what a former manager told me when I consulted him about purchasing a Yashica Electro 35 GSN rangefinder. Did I listen? No way, I was 23 years old and it was all of $45 off of Craigslist. That meant that I’d meet up with the owner in person, try it out, and make sure that it worked. Indeed, it did; and with a little modification from the Yashica Guy I was able to use a new battery and get right to shooting.