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    bros - i received yesterday a yashica electro 35 which belonged to my late father. It is in poor condition, but i would like to restore it completely. Any comments to help me understand what i am getting into, and some places i can restore them in Singapore would help.

    Info on how much a full resto will cost (ranges are helpful) and lenses. It came with a bunch of Cokin filters and some cannon lenses...

    Understand they are cheap to buy online from time to time, but sentimental value ... so i want to restore it.

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    Hi try P&G photographic centre at the Adelphi, look for David. Hes a very polite man and has very good workmanship for his repairs. You can get a free consultation from him. UPS for P&G. highly recommended.

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    I did own a Yashica Electro 35 once..... lovely camera too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargle View Post
    bros - i received yesterday a yashica electro 35 which belonged to my late father. It is in poor condition, but i would like to restore it completely. Any comments to help me understand what i am getting into, and some places i can restore them in Singapore would help.

    Info on how much a full resto will cost (ranges are helpful) and lenses. It came with a bunch of Cokin filters and some cannon lenses...

    Understand they are cheap to buy online from time to time, but sentimental value ... so i want to restore it.
    i'll give u a rough quote that i got. pad of death+ general servicing is abt 150. i sold mine off instead

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    thanks very much to all of you! I'll head to P&G this week.
    Is there anyone on the forum who owns or has owned this camera? Hi Pandukades - you used to have one? Can i buy you a coffee one of these days?

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    condolences on the passing of your loved one

    The Electro 35 is a wonderful little rangefinder from the 70s with a sweet 35mm f1.8 lens and also one of the best/brightest viewfinders I have seen on a Jap rf from that era (also one of the very RARE Jap rf's that has Aperture Pirority ) ..... yes repair is in that $150+ ballpark area ..... it uses film and if i remember the one i had years ago, really good to use


    More info on your 35 can be found inside here

    http://www.cameraquest.com/com35s.htm
    ..... just search around

    Keep it to remind yourself of your father........... its not a rare collectible ....... just a cam with a very good reputation during its time


    Prayers for your family and may u have the cam fully restored
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    Quote Originally Posted by gargle View Post
    thanks very much to all of you! I'll head to P&G this week.
    Is there anyone on the forum who owns or has owned this camera? Hi Pandukades - you used to have one? Can i buy you a coffee one of these days?
    I own one. Just sent it to David at P&G. Mine had a cracked viewfinder glass and fog inside the viewfinder. Waiting for it to come back. I know his workmanship is good because the CS'er who sold me his GSN owns a GTN, who got his camera fully restored by David a few months back. David quoted me 85 dollars, at the same time he will give the camera a full cleaning. So his quotations are pretty reasonable compared to the other camera shops i've visited. One shop inside Penin quoted me $120, luckily the CS'er recommended me P&G, if not i would have spent another 35 bucks extra haha

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    did he show you another Electro 35 he has there? i asked him to repair mine, which is in pretty bad shape. but it's a nice camera, 45mm f1.7 with many electronic functions for it's era.
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    Sorry forget to add. the $85 he quoted me was inclusive of a UV filter and lens cap i bought from him! So its even cheaper for just a repair

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    Hi Andrew, Ed and Jimmy - thanks for the wishes and comments. The camera quest article was very informative, and the price guides are helpful too. I am sure David will be happy to talk through what needs to be done, and that in itself will be a joy for me - i.e. to learn more about this precious camera.

    I'll be heading down today to see David - very excited!

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    I still use my Electro 35 bought in the mid 1970s.

    Try this link for more dedicated info on it.

    http://www.yashica-guy.com/

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    TS, my condolences.

    Get it fixed TS, it is worth more than its weight in gold in memory of your dearly departed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargle View Post
    Hi Andrew, Ed and Jimmy - thanks for the wishes and comments. The camera quest article was very informative, and the price guides are helpful too. I am sure David will be happy to talk through what needs to be done, and that in itself will be a joy for me - i.e. to learn more about this precious camera.

    I'll be heading down today to see David - very excited!
    i think i saw a Electro 35 at David's place. not sure if it's yours. still in pretty good condition. but the lens.....
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    yep thats probably the one - badly fungus lens, viewfinder and internals. its been untouched for so many years, and i did not even know it existed until recently.

    David quoted $220 for a full recon job including electronic circuit replacement. He will try and if cannot succeed, then he will refund me the deposit, which i think is very nice of him.

    i had a bunch of old canon MF lenses which he promptly declared pretty low end and thus not worth restoring/saving, same goes for the yashica flash and another flash that was in the stash that my family gave to me.... other flash i can't really recall the name.

    I guess I can't really blame David as he probably doesn't want to get my hopes up. I would have been happy to clean up the lenses and the flash if it can be saved. Maybe when i pick the camera up from him, i will ask him. Must forge ahead!

    Thanks for the replies and encouragement bros! And that yashica guy link is great!!

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    i can't figure out why the unrelated canon lenses are with the yashica... was there a canon lying around somewhere? So many questions but where to find the answers? Anyway this weekend i will try to clean out the manual lenses (at least the externals) and do some research about them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewseow View Post
    Hi try P&G photographic centre at the Adelphi, look for David. Hes a very polite man and has very good workmanship for his repairs. You can get a free consultation from him. UPS for P&G. highly recommended.
    i had mine CLA'ed there too... around sgd170 if i remember correctly... did a few rolls and haven't find a prob...

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    Wow is $170 normal for CLA? Can share the condition of your Yashica? Cos I just bought one from a seller and wants to bring it for a professional to check and clean the viewfinder cos it's very dull and I can't seem to see the focus properly. Other than that fires well to me and lens look fine. Not sure about the POD how worn is it.

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    bros - i just collected the yashica from David. It looks fantastic. He also had the batteries, wrist strap, lens cap etc. All in all, $240. He has agreed to look at recon for the lens pack that came with it and the flash (since its all original) and i will happily use it while my wife can use our other cameras.

    My camera was in very bad shape comparatively to what i have seen. David has replaced everything to stuff that won't deteriorate so quickly and the lens and viewfinder are clear. I will test it out today, i hope!

    Vanilamint: If it is something you want to recondition, my take is just go for it. At 100 - 200 bucks, it may very well be a nifty camera, looks great, wonderful lens by all accounts and considering how much we are prepared to spend for f/f, its a steal, don't you think?!

    For me there are special reasons, so i can't put a price on it. I am very happy that i will be able to pass this on to the next generation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargle View Post
    bros - i just collected the yashica from David. It looks fantastic. He also had the batteries, wrist strap, lens cap etc. All in all, $240. He has agreed to look at recon for the lens pack that came with it and the flash (since its all original) and i will happily use it while my wife can use our other cameras.

    My camera was in very bad shape comparatively to what i have seen. David has replaced everything to stuff that won't deteriorate so quickly and the lens and viewfinder are clear. I will test it out today, i hope!

    Vanilamint: If it is something you want to recondition, my take is just go for it. At 100 - 200 bucks, it may very well be a nifty camera, looks great, wonderful lens by all accounts and considering how much we are prepared to spend for f/f, its a steal, don't you think?!

    For me there are special reasons, so i can't put a price on it. I am very happy that i will be able to pass this on to the next generation.
    TS, happy to hear that that dear piece of equipment is now back to life.

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    found the adaptor that was at the bottom of the box. now i know why the canon lenses are there. they come in a set - wide andle and tele in a leather case. the flash that came with the camera and lenses will be sent to David for some TLC.

    Took the first few shots this morning - what a glorious sunny day!

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