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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
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.
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
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
After being hurtled at high speed the D70 shatters upon impact with the cinder block wall. The sr-T101 makes a hole and keeps on goin'.
Short but sweet. Stick and move. Fire the shutter and feel the groove.