Howdy from Houston TX

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by DCat22, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. DCat22

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    Hi! I've been lurking around APUG a while, but after watching a member here I know on a non-photo board have so much fun, I finally succumbed. :smile:

    So, my Canon A-1 outfit showed up today.... Man, didn't realize how much I'd missed this thing until I got it in my hands. I know its not a "great" camera in the long run, but I grew up on it, photographically speaking.

    And this luck-of-the-draw hoping-for-the-best see-what-I'll-get ebay auction turned out a mint (looking) condition specimen with no obvious issues, plus a nice pile-o-accessories. Even has near-mint manuals for every piece. All the seals look great...it's really been cared for. The kind of owner that writes the serial numbers in the manual.

    Other than the basic (but lovely IMO) 50mm 1.8, it came with a usable set of non-Canon 28-135mm and 70-210mm lenses, and their matching tele-converters. I'd prefer some different Canon prime lenses but these will work fine for what I'm capable of, getting back into things. (Two of the lenses had hard stuck aperture's... First time I've taken apart a lens, but the 50mm turned out pretty easy to get into and clean the oil on the blades up, and it's nice and snappy now. The 28-135 is going to be a bigger project with the mechanism buried in the middle of the elements, so going to return to that one this weekend.)

    Now...just need to see if it really works. Dropped off a roll of snaps on color at the CVS just to see what turns out. (Also talked to the "last real lab in Houston" earlier this week...nice place...spendy, but nice. Also looks like there is still one place left around renting darkroom time.) Normally I've done mainly black and white, but I'd like to try working with some color too.

    Sadly, I lost all my darkroom (and camera) gear to a theft and later someone else who didn't pay a storage bill...10 years ago? So I'm starting all over in the non-digital world.

    Still. Even the quick snaps I was doing for a test felt like magic. I miss film, I just didn't reailize how much. :smile:

    So. Hi!
     
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    Hi! Welcome to APUG!
     
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    Welcome to APUG. I've just recently moved away from Houston, which is a wonderful city for photography. There are a number of world class galleries, it serves as the home of Fotofest and the MFA has a wonderful collection. If you are interested in classes, the MFA's Glassell School offers a wide variety of wet darkroom classes. Houston Center for Photography also offers a variety of classes as well as, a variety of first rate programs throughout the year. One of the programs offered by HCP is "First Tuesday" where you have the opportunity to trot your work out in front of a group of other photographers and discuss what you are doing. There are many shows and lectures throughout the year, one of which I just drove three hours each way to see. It was worth it. Houston Photographic Society is also a great place to get involved and grow. Enjoy your "new" camera and enjoy Houston. Bill Barber
     
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    Hello and welcome from near Houston. Ditto what Bill just said... this is a great place for photography! Hope to see you around.
     
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    Hello and a warm welcome to APUG. Canon A-1 is a great camera, I had it for a long time.

    Jeff
     
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    Hi there from Southeastern PA. Welcome to APUG and back to analog!
     
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    Hello DCat22 and welcome to APUG. The thrill of starting over again. Good Luck.
     
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    Thanks everyone!

    Picked up my snaps this morning, and looks like the camera works fine. And they were not quite as bad as I thought either, considering I haven't worked much with a flash (or color)... I look forward to doing B&W print work in a darkroom again soon though.

    I checked out the MFA/Glassell site and didn't see much other than digital darkroom stuff, but may not have dug deep enough. I'll take another look. And at the other groups. Thanks! :smile:
     
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    Welcome to APUG.
     
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    Hello and welcome to APUG from western Massachusetts. :D
     
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    Welcome to APUG matey :D
     
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    Hey dCat -- welcome back to real photography. Bummer about the darkroom stuff, but look on the bright side -- I don't know about Houston, but here in Utah both Craigslist and a free on-line classified by a local TV station regularly shows people selling off whole darkrooms -- some with really nice gear -- for dirt cheap. I found a near-mint Leitz Focomat Ic, with lens, at a local Thrift Store for $35, if you can imagine. I already had one but bought it anyway and sold it to a friend who is now deeply smitten.

    So enjoy -- and check around. If you put the word out you are interested in gear it is highly likely someone will call and ask you to take the stuff off their hands.
     
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    Welcome aboard APUG.

    (I'd probably the "member he knows here from a non-photo board. So blame me!)
     
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    Yep, blame Roger... :D
     
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    I have noticed in the past few days.....as the outfit I bought came with motor winder, long lenses, and a pile of other accessories and filters... I've already played with it, stripped it all off, and am back to just the base camera with a 50mm lens.

    Hopefully that means if I get the urge to buy stuff (GAS it seems ya'll call it? :tongue:) I can just dig into the drawer and play with something I already have for a while.

    I have seen a lot of good deals on full darkroom setups. Space is an issue, but I know I could make it work....just going to see if I stick with the shooting before pushing ahead on that end. I think I will at least get enough to develop the film though, loaded in a bag. Seems strange to send B&W off...
     
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    GAS = Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

    It usually doesn't cost many AMUs, though. :D

    For the rest - AMU - Aviation Monetary Unit, or $1000, a pilot term to try to make spending a thousand bucks less painful!
     
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    Welcome! The Glasell School of the MFAH is committed to wet photography/darkroom. They offer regular semester length and summer classes year 'round. I don't live there now but took several classes there before i moved. Their instructors are fantastic and highly accomplished and knowledgable -wish i could still take classes from them. I believe they also have a course in alt. processes. Their darkroom is pretty good and well maintained, especially for a school gang darkroom. Check them out-wonderful folks there. Tell them Harry sent you!