Last weekend we visited the Classic Car Show at the NEC in Birmingham, so I had the usual decision to make about what camera gear to take along. I popped my digital camera in my bag with a single prime lens, but on a whim I also included the little Yashica Electro 35MC. I bought this camera for about £11 on eBay in the summer but have only put one roll of film through it so far.
On this occasion I picked a roll of BCG P-400 film, which I bought during a recent visit to Spitalfields Market. It’s a German made film, designed for the motion picture industry and hand spooled for use as stills film by Chuck Baker, who runs BCG Film and Photography in The Netherlands. It’s supposed to be good for shooting under difficult lighting conditions, so this seemed the perfect choice for the tricky light at a car show.
This was the first time I’d used the Yashica on subjects at close hand as my first try was mostly architectural and landscape photography. It’s a zone focusing camera, so you select your distance from the subject and simply shoot – rather like the Olympus Trip. The biggest difference to the Olympus though is the option to select the aperture manually. The lens opens up to f2.8 and that proved handy in the darker areas of the NEC and it gave me some pleasantly soft backgrounds too.
16 November 2019