Now a bit on Borderlinx, it is a collaboration between Citibank Credit Cards and DHL, you need to own a Citi card credit to use this service. Based on person experience, I'll say it is better the vPost. Although it is slightly more expensive for the 1st 1-2 kgs, but things start to even out and even cheaper as compared to vPost at higher weight. It offers free conceige, 1 month free holding for shipping consolidation as compared to 1 week for vPost(to save on shipping fees) and free insurance! The process is faze free and fast, just send your shopping trophies to the address given and you are done - no more emailing of invoice, blah blah and waiting time. DHL being DHL is great, realtime delivery tracking and quick shipping - it took around 4days for me upon payment. All in all, Borderlinx - highly recommended by me for all your US shopping.
All right back to the main stars of the show, Rangefinders are from the 60s-80s era, they have manual focus when you try to align 2 pictures to get the correct focusing distance. It is very fun and interesting, I will urge all those who are interested in photography to try out. Of the 5 rangefinder cameras I got:
- 1 is a goner :(
- 1 is in bad condition >.<
- 2 in good condition :)
- 1 in great condition :D
From Left, Konica Auto S2, Yashica Electro 35 GS, Yashica Lynx 5000E, Minolta Hi-Matic 11, Yashica Electro 35
Konica Auto S2 (lens 45mm f1.8) - Okie this is the goner one. The exterior looks good but the aperture is stuck. I am trying to process for a refund. The seller is an US rag-n-bone shop which do not know too much about camera but still list the item as "good condition" and "works great" >.< Yashica Lynx 5000E (lens 45mm f1.8) - This is one is bad condition, there are scratches on the lens and the viewfinder is dirty. But hey the seller is a very honest merchant, he is selling on behalf of someone, thus, do not know the real condition of the camera, gave a full refund and do not even need to return the camera! Will deal with this honest eBay seller again in the future if there is a chance, highly recommended :D
Minolta Hi-Matic 11 (lens 45mm f1.7) - I bid for this because I cannot afford the more expensive and versatile Hi-Matic 7s or 7sII or 9. It does not have a manual mode and runs only on the old-days Shutter Priority mode. But I am not camplaining this is the most value for money camera I got form this shopping craze. Just USD$12.20, includes shipping within US - CHEAP! And most importantly the condition is not bad, aperture - working, shutter - working, meter - working. Will need to run a roll of film through it to see its pictures.
Yashica Electro 35 (lens 45mm f1.7) - One of the more famous and popular Yashica rangefinder range due to its lens quality and low cost. Wrongly ordered this, though it was a GSN. But hey, it is in good condition but it uses some funny extinct battery for the meter (PX32), so need to have an adoptor either home-made or get one online. Ask K to help me test and run a film through it.
Yashica Electro 35 GS (lens 45mm f1.7) - Again I got it cause I thought it was a GSN, GS is a newer model of Electro 35 but 1 generation older then GSN. This is in very good condition the seller just got it CLA with new light seals. I got a battery adaptor online to run this, as I was to lazy to do a homemade one. I am currently going to play with this camera first, just loaded a roll of B&W (Black & White) film into it. Let's see how it goes.
Yashica Electro 35 GS again
I hope to post some photo from each camera when they are out. But since I am a newbie in rangefinders, all of them might be crap. But you know what they say - practice make perfect.
These cameras of the yester-years have one big disadvantage - they need to use extinct batteries which are no longer in production. So you will need to find workarounds for them with existing battery options. I will try to put up a post on what I had learn online and how I worked around on this.