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  1. Moving furniture and old photography books.

    by , 05-16-2009 at 02:55 PM
    Well, today I met my brother at his mother-in-law's house to help him move some of her furniture out to sheds. She's getting her carpet redone. Well, it didn't take long and it wasn't hard work. But she insisted on paying us. She handed me $50 and I immediately said 'No!' I was more than happy to help. She said to take it or she'd beat me. I looked at Ron askance and he said she would fuss until I took it. I relented. 'This is for the last time (helped before), this time and the next time ...
  2. Fortune Favors the Foolish

    by , 05-04-2009 at 08:04 PM
    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 ...
  3. First Day of Printing a Success!

    by , 04-30-2009 at 05:53 PM
    Well, I started out about 11:30 here in Delaware, yeah, I played hooky. About twenty minutes of setup and such into it I discovered I wasn't using the grain focuser properly and ditched it to move on. I'll learn how to use it later.

    OK. Lucky Fujimoto 60M enlarger, Gra-Lab Timer, red safelight, slightly expired Ilford Warmtone RC 8x10 paper, Arista Paper Developer (1:9), Kodak Indicator Stop Bath (1:63) and Kodafix fixer (1:7). The makings of destiny. I'm sorry, feeling bombastic. ...
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  4. Stupid G. A. S., waiting on a pinhole and printing put on hold

    by , 03-29-2009 at 12:06 PM
    Well. Just when I though the G. A. S. had subsided. I was bemoaning the loss of my XG-M to a friend who was getting into photography (I, over the years have been generous ot a fault). I have hooked about eight friends up over the years with 35mm Minolta setups, all sr-T's or XD/XG's. So I am fondly remembering my first camera, XG-M. And I really have been missing it lately. Don't worry, I know precisely where it is and I might even try and swap my new XG-1 for it. Yeah, I did it again. Last ...
  5. Photographic Mathematics (not e = i x t)

    by , 02-28-2009 at 08:29 PM
    No, I'm talkin' economics. I thought I was sellin' my soul. But I really wanted to take the plunge. I had built a Mamiya M645j system over the space of five years and had gotten two bodies, prism finder, for C lenses, L pistol grip. Well I finally decided to sell all of this to make the jump to 4x5. I sold the kit for $500.00. I got enough to start. I got a 4x5 view camera from erie for $100.00. I got a 545 Pola holder form ebay for about $50.00. I got an expired (so what) box of P/N 55 ...
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