Yashica Electro 35 GS and the 'Pad of Death'!
Against my better judgement, I have recently purchased a very nice and clean looking Yashica Electro 35 GS on eBay, described as shutter functioning, meter untested. It appears to meter OK, 'slow' and 'over' lights respond to light as you might expect and the battery check button works but the shutter only seems to fire at the default setting of 1/500th, whether set to flash sync, bulb or auto. I’ve had a couple before, some time ago, one of which I managed to get going by changing the POD and another which I could not resurrect, so I have some limited experience of ‘going in’. Given the meter works, I’m keen to sort it out. My question is about the ‘correct’ foam density for the POD. Are we talking foam like light-seal type here, or something denser, like a rubber washer (I forget what I used before but I think something quite solid). I assume it provides some cushioning (otherwise, why rubber/foam) and I would guess from the fact that it tends to disintegrate, that it is more akin to the foam than denser rubber material, but if anyone knows for sure, I’d be grateful to know. Also, I have read that 2.0mm is the must have thickness, but how critical is this??
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