I have shot two rolls of film in my Yashica Electro 35 GX, the first was a colour roll of Fuji Superia.
I thought this hadn’t come back from the developers as the film snapped off the film canister and I thought that there might not be anything to develop. Turns out it’s not been returned as the developer is having problems getting hold of the colour developer due to Brexit!
*When I think about it, this isn’t the first roll ever developed from this camera but it’s the first roll I had developed (you know what I mean! 🙂 )
Therefore the first roll I have developed from my Yashica Electro is actually my second roll. A roll of Kodak T-Max P3200 came in my recent 35mm film subscription from AnalogHeld. BTW you can now get hold of the wonderful AnaogHeld film cases from Analogue Wonderland in the UK.
The roll of T-Max was also expired in, 2003 to be precise.
I loaded it into the Yashica as I wanted to capture so high contrast black and white photos.
I like high contrast but I was aware of the grain you get when you push the film too far, that didn’t phase me though as I was keen to see what this film could do.
It did not disappoint.
The first couple of photos were the odd landscape, a couple around the home and some urban shots that caught my eye.
Anything that would make for a good black and white image. Including our black and white cat Tilly in the window hunting pigeons.
I was cautious not to use the film too quickly and didn’t want to waste it.
That all went out the window when we have the heavy snow in February.
I didn’t get to go out that much in the snow, mainly as it was very icy and slippery. Luckily there is a small wood by the house so I took the opportunity to head out and take some shots of the bright, thick snow and the surrounding landscape.
I was concerned the conditions would be wrong for the film, it was a dull day of heavy snow but lots of fresh bright snow.
I trusted the light meter and shot away. Boy did I shoot! I was enjoying this new landscape on my doorstep and the operation of the Yashica was liberating. For once I had a Range Finder that helped rather than hindered.
The indicators in the viewfinder are a quick way to understand if the photo is over or underexposed and it’s really easy to adapt the camera on the go to get the perfect shot.
The rangefinder is also very bright and clear with only one or two shots missed on the entire row.
I love this Yashica and now I have seen the photographs, I am quite partial to Kodak T-Max as well.
I won’t be buying any soon though as I have a drawer (and freezer) full of film, but this is certainly one to note that I will come back to.
Have you ever shot T-Max? Do you like the contrast? What do you think of the grain? Let me know in the comments.