In the hand, this camera feels very natural,and the bottom L-positioned thumb wheel film advance seems perfect for this little camera. You can wind on and shoot pretty quickly. While its specifications are quite ordinary, it is certainly capable of taking good photographs under typical conditions. One feature that surprised me is the extra little window in the viewfinder that shows your distance setting and whether you will need to use the parallax correction markings in the bright viewfinder. That is a nice feature, and the needle in the right side of the window indicates whether your exposure will be adequate. The red zone means you'll require a flash, or the shutter locks up, unless you set the aperture manually, off the A position.
|from the manual via Butkus.org|
I loaded a roll of Svema 200 b&w film, and shot a test roll last month. I developed it in the new FPP Super Monobath for 3.5 min at 24°C. The Svema film is a bit punchy - contrasty with some grain, but overall, the images look pretty good for basically a p&s 35mm camera.
Yashica produced over 40 different 35mm non-SLR models, and the Electro 35, Lynx and Minister series are usually the first ones that come to mind. Most are true rangefinder cameras, but a few are zone-focus. The ME1 is a far different camera than the metal-bodied Electros, being more compact, but still having good Yashica glass. It's not going to be the be-all compact 35, but it is easy to use, lightweight, and certainly affordable. Unlike the much larger Electro series, it won't suffer from oddball battery requirements and bad electronics. Certainly worth a try if you see one in a shop. If you need a manual, it hardly goes without saying that you'll find one at Jim Butkus' site.