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First Roll With: Yashica Electro 35 GT by Zach Duurentijdt

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Camera: Yashica Electro 35 GT (45mm F1.7)
Film: Fuji Superia 400
Dev + Scan: Splendid Photo - Wellington (Instagram: @splendid.nz)
Shooting location: Papamoa, Tauranga, New Zealand

My name is Zach Duurentijdt or Duurez for short. I'm a caregiver and a recent graduate of an arts degree program focused in abstract painting and illustrations but I've recently progressed into 35mm film photography due to a temporary loss of passion for the medium. By no means do I have any previous training or experience in photography, only experienced in compositions and layout through my paintings and illustrations. I stumbled into film photography because of a close friend Alex Whitbread who shoots Ilford XP2 on his dad's old Fujica STX-1. 

I purchased the Yashica on a whim from a Instagram account called @junktionnz with the intent to explore a rangefinder system on a budget. I didn't know much about the camera before I bought it, besides a few sample photos that I found online and that it's a budget rangefinder. Because of this my expectations were almost non existent. 

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So far the camera is great, the body is beautiful and the lens being even better with a bonus of being easy to load. The 45mm focal length with 1.7 is superb in low light. Being so used to a Canon AE-1 SLR, the change to a rangefinder has been a sick learning curve. 

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Due to the ease of use and a great lens I'm always tempted to take it out for a spin. The quietness of the camera is another cool aspect but again far different from what I've been previously used to. The size and weight is the only aspect that I struggled with, but if you wanted a smaller camera thats similar (like the canon canonet ql17) you'll have to pay more for it.  

Connect with Zach!

Instagram: @duurez

All images shown in this post is provided to us by Zach Duurentijdt.

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