Hi, I figure it's about time to introduce myself to to masses. I've been a member here for over a year and a subscriber for just under a year. I'm living in the middle of Nova Scotia on Canada's east coast. Spent most of my life living and working within 2 hours of where I am now. Retired early with a package and pension from the telecommunications industry. Some thirty + years moving from 60wpm teletypes to gigabit fiber. I stated photography just after high school doing all my own processing and printing, both BW and colour. Continued strong for many years with a Nikon F2 and then a F3. Took a long break from photography for many years. The camera was always there but didn't get as much use as it should have. Never really caught the Digital fever although I do have a D5000 for colour family type snapshots and net postings.
Recently I've revived the darkroom work when I discovered just how cheap it could be to build a darkroom that I could only dream off in the '70s. I've set up a nice room in a spare bedroom and plan to take over a large part of the basement this summer.
Now for the sickness part, actually two parts. First age has caught up to me. Both knees need replacing and docs say I'm not old enough. Some days it's real tough and it can take a toll in more ways than one. I cope.
The second sickness is GAS. I've managed to pick up a nice RB67 ProS setup, Three lenses, backs etc. Just finally picked up a nice used LowePro commercial bag to hold it all, so some road trips should be forthcoming. I still have the Nikon F3 which I bought new all those years ago, picked up a spare body and rounded out my lens collection with a 300mm last summer. On the darkroom side I have a serious problem. I still have my Beseler 23C from the 70's. In the last year I've picked up more enlargers and darkroom gear than one person should have. I now have a collection of Omega 760s, 2 Beseler 45s (one real nice, one so so) and today I picked up my 2nd & 3rd Omega D5s. The first D5 was last fall and came with about ten unopened boxes of Ilford paper. The last two, one colour, one condenser I picked up today from a government surplus auction. (Thanks go out to Alan, another APUG member for your help, much appreciated). Oh and I've found a Fujimoto CP31 and an Ilford 2150 in my basement too. There are also a couple 4x5 cameras waiting patiently to be used.
That's part of my story, I know I need help.
PS just love this place and especially the Postcard exchanges.