This is a Yashica Electro 35. As I found out, a rather early model ca. 1966.
I was thrilled when I found it on Ebay.
I am aware that amongst many photographers, Ebay is not a great source of buying gear and there are many stories out there of people having been screwed over.
However, I never had any issues at all and I think that if you follow some basic rules you can’t really go wrong or at least minimise your risk. I found the Yashica for £35. This was in line with my research that a fully operational camera would go for that price.
It arrived and I was over the moon in what a great condition it was. Hardly any scratches at all! It looked like it had never really been used a lot so I went ahead and bought a battery adapter in the hope that I could use the camera. A lot.
However, the camera would not switch on. Not a peep. Tried a voltmeter and both, the battery and the adapter are fine. Based on this, I sent the camera to a local repair shop for a quote and it turns out the electrics need fixing from the ground up. Cost: £200.
This means, the camera has turned into a doorstop. Why? Because, I can absolutely not justify this amount of money for a repair job for a camera that is not even remotely worth that much, even if it is in mint condition.
Such a shame, I was really looking forward to using it. Alas, it was not to be.
Doorstop it is!