Light Leaks

Model Faith Picozzi. A preview shot of an upcoming editorial in collaboration with Romio.

Nike FW11 Gyakusou Lunar Spider LT+ 2

When I was growing up I always loved using film cameras but unfortunately never got the chance to have one of my own to shoot with. I recently purchased a Yashica Electro GSN Rangefinder from eBay and the above photos are from my first roll on it. The Electro GSN rangefinders were extremely popular through the 1960s and 1970s and for good reason. These cameras are known for the fast sharp lens, affordable price point and accurate light metering. As with many old cameras the one I purchased needs some repairs. The foam on the film door is known to degrade and that is the cause of the “light leaks” seen in these photos. This is something that filters such as “poprocket” on Instagram try to replicate.

Rangefinders are often romanticized by photographers but after shooting this first roll I now know why. The solid feel of the metal construction and manual focus controls makes you feel much more a part of the image you are documenting. Rangefinders tend to be attractive, efficient, no-nonsense devices. If you’re in the market for a rangefinder you’ll be pretty well served with something such as this camera but be ready to spend some money and time on repairs and replacement parts. A fantastic resource for all Yashica cameras is the site Yashica Guy. There you can find digital manuals, repair advice and a link to buy battery adapters for old cameras such as mine. If you have any questions about rangefinders or film photography please leave them in the comments or Email Me and I will try my best to answer.

Photos by Rocky Li