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Christopher Walrath

Fortune Favors the Foolish

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by , 05-04-2009 at 07:04 PM (1330 Views)
Well, in my bout of G. A. S. this winter I had a pang of regret. Not that I had given away all of my Minolta X and S series cameras to friends to get them started in photography. But rather that I missed my cameras. BADLY. So what's a G. A. S. stricken photographer to do? You guessed it.

I went ebay crazy. I found the lowest prices Buy It Now and won four auctions. XG-1 with a 45mm Rokkor f/2, a Vivitar 28mm f/2.8, a Albinar 80-200 f/3.9 MD mount Macro Zoom (don't know why they couldn't just call it an f/4) and a 2x teleconverter. Under $85 USD all told, including shipping. Well all was well but when I got the camera the mirror was jammed up. 'Blown capacitor'. My first thought so I contacted the seller. As the lens was in good shape we decided to split the $30 difference. She refunded $15. I have the Minolta repair manuals and thought, 'Hey, it's junk. I can always get around to trying to replace the capacitors. It's bait weight as it is.'

Well, the other day I'm fiddling around with the camera and this time I open the back and look at the shutter curtains. But this time I look closely. The outer curtain is not quite perpendicular to the direction of travel. Hmmmmm. I take my ink pen and press ever so slightly on the curtain from the side. "NEVER TOUCH THE SHUTTER CURTAIN!" I know. I mean, I may not be a rocket scientist (stop snickering, Eugene) but I know how to ruin a perfectly broke camera like the best of us, right? So I figured what the heck, right? I press slightly and the shutter snaps to the left on the tension of the spring. Huh! O.K. Now there's a slight gap between the inner curtain and the left side of the format hole now. What the heck, right? I press on it ever-so-slightly and all of a sudden it snaps over on the spring's tension.

And then I hear the most beautiful sound I have ever heard other than my wife saying 'I do'. You know, the thing that you hear and you know that the world has just righted itself even if only for the briefest of moments. That's right.

The mirror slaps open. OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have another camera. I told my wife that I had another working camera. All she could muster was to slap her forehead, shake her head and utter, for the umpteenth-times-infinity time, 'Don't you have enough cameras yet?' Well, she has added the 'yet' over the years as my penchant for suffering from Gear Acquisition Syndome has become clearer to her. My response . . .


From Milton, Delaware. Where the intraverts look through their own viewfinders and the extraverts look through yours.

I'm Chris Walrath. And this is my blog.


  1. mjs's Avatar
    'Don't you have enough cameras yet?'

    Silly question. And film stuff goes so cheaply on E-bay these days...
  2. Christopher Walrath's Avatar
    Yeah, an XG-M is so easy to sneak through the checking account police as long as I don't get stupid G.A.S. happy and get four at a time.



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