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by pvsinger » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:22 pm

Bought one recently for about $5.00 at local thrift store. Slight dent in edge of lens where filter screws on, only top half of case, no strap. Found good working replacement for unavailable mercury battery at local "Batteries Only" type store - about $10.00... Appears to be working fine after a quick cleaning. My brother has had an Electro 35 for over 30 years - still works fine. will post again after I get the first roll developed...

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by bill339 » Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:25 am

The MG-1 was released in 1975 and discontinued in 1980. It has an electronic controlled leaf-type shutter providing continuous variable speeds from 1/500 of a second to 2 seconds approximately. It also has built-in self-timer, direct X contact shoe (shutter speed automatically sets at 1/30 sec. when the Auto Lever is adjusted to 'flash'), and a 45mm f/2.8 Yashinon lens composed of four elements in three groups.This is one of the last metal cameras before the "Plastic Age". The Yashica MG-1 is a full size rangefinder. The automatic functions is a feature which makes it easy to use. The almost total lack of manual control is no doubt a limitation. It is achieved with a higher cost. The ASA range is from 25 to 800 and the camera has a one action 180 degree film advance thumb lever. The viewfinder uses red and yellow exposure indicator arrows visible through the eye piece. Using the viewfinder/rangefinder focus is secured by rotating the focusing ring and superimposing two images in the focusing spot at the center of the viewfinder field. The focus range is from 1 meter (3.3ft) to infinity. The power was provided by a 5.6V mercury battery (Eveready E164 Mallory PX32 or equivalent) but now can use a 6V Alkaline A32, A164, or A32PX single battery. The Yashica MG-1 was the last in the respected Electro 35 series, which began in 1966. It’s the only camera in the series that doesn’t have “Electro 35” stamped somewhere on the top plate.

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