When the grandfather of a friend regrettably passed away a few years ago, he left his collection of about 200 cameras behind. My friend gave two of those cameras to me, and one of them was a Yashica Electro 35 (first edition) from 1966.
Considering the camera’s age, it was surprising that it still worked, but even more surprising that the battery was still ok. However, after shooting a roll of film, the inner workings of the camera failed, causing the shutter speed to always, regardless of setting, default to the same value.
As such, the camera is now fully manual in the strictest sense. Shutter speed is always 1/500 of a second and the camera gives no reading whatsoever of the ambient light. However, aperture can still be set, so I’ve used this Yashica to shoot a few roles of black and white film using the Sunny 16 rule.
Even though it may sound difficult at first, it’s surprisingly easy to get correctly exposed pictures without any help from the camera, by just looking at the scene around you and judging light with your own eyes.