|Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:23 pm Post subject: Restored GAF L-ES/2 (Chinon Memotron CE II)
|I got this camera a long while ago but just got around the getting it up and running. The viewfinder glass window had come loose so it required a complete take-apart. All seals have been replaced.
This is without a doubt the best m42 camera I've seen. It's combined set of features surpass almost everything.
1/2000th top shutter speed
Multiple exposure provision
Auto Exposure with full set of manual speeds
Memory button (allows metering of a specific section of the scene, locking that exposure, and adjusting composition.
Shutter release lock
Mirror Lock Up - Using the self timer
Relatively bright 92% viewfinder (about the same as fujica st701) - micro-prism spot - I personally like this better than split (maybe an issue for some)
Built-in viewfinder light blind for long exposures
Visible shutter speeds through viewfinder
Metal Seiko Step-less Shutter (guarantees a very accurate exposure if the person behind the viewfinder knows what they're doing)
Uses very common px28 battery without issue
It's heavy (~70g more than a Pentax ES, which is not a particularly light camera) and sturdy and hopefully reliable. I was expecting a plastic top cover. The alpa si2000 re-branding, from what I read, was the only one with a metal top. Well the GAF has one...
So here it is - pictured with chinon macro 1.7/50mm and red soft release:
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