I once took home a contessa, but her husband didn't like it....
Originally Posted by DBP
I am terrible about wanting to buy "new" cameras. I think it's because people are getting rid of them to indulge in technology and I see them as unloved cast offs. I want to rescue all of them and use all of them. I absolutlely love cameras, I have antique unusable cameras on my shelves and a large number of useable cameras. I just can't seem to find a way to use them all. Maybe I should stop buying. I know my husband wants me to.
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Gay - just tell your husband to look into the eyes of those once-sad and dejected cameras, and tell you they weren't worth the rescue effort. (sniff, sniff)
[COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]
Rio Rancho, NM
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! I must be denser than I thought. Sorry, I ass-umed from an earlier post that you were male.
Originally Posted by Stargazer
As to pushing limits, photographically speaking, I seem to recall that Steichen made the statement that no photographer was as good as a box camera. Meaning, of course, that no one had/has explored every possibility inherent in any camera. His intent was to get across the idea that one didn't need fancy or exotic equipment to make good/great photos. In the end, he minimilized to the point of shooting out of a window of his house using an old tree in the yard as subject. I am not aware of his choice of camera for this project. Well, personally, I am no master shooter so I'll go on acquiring and using various cameras that I really don't need, if only to satisfy my curious side. Besides, what fun is it if ya can't shlep around with a good 40 or 50 pounds of photo shtuff hangin' off of yer body? Damn good excercise, that. Impressive to the Great Unwashed, as well.
from Deepinaharta, Georgia
Originally Posted by jonnyboy
Thanks for the last few comments - I was beginning to feel consumer guilt..
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Great to read Gay's post, I thought I was the only freak buying heaps of old cameras to save them, from what I don't know, but save them I do! Shelves are bulging and the bank balance is falling, but hey- youcan't have too many can you?
My wonderful wife has said to me three times in the last week "have you bought that new camera you want yet?". I haven't; I'm wondering what she wants that's worth 3 grand to ensure the balance of payments remains in tact...
I used an OM2n and 3 lens for 15 years as my only camera during poor, prime child-rearing years and took some wonderful, personally satisfying images. I have gone a bit crazy with GAS (see above) in the last 5 years and my image taking has improved in the sense that I have more appropriate equipment to achieve a desired outcome in certain circumstances. e.g. big fast lens on autofocus 35mm for live music available light shooting etc.
God help me I now want 4x5 or 5x7 for landscape work. Will I be able to resist the ULF demons in the next few years?
A guy I work with gave me his Olympus OM-1 w/50 mm lens and I took it for pretty much the same reason you give. To save it - a camera that's in great condition (except it needed new seals) - from the trash bin.
Originally Posted by tony lockerbie
Of course, this is also how I've acquired a lot of my antique cameras, I was saving them from being thrown away.
Originally Posted by colrehogan
Should you decide that OM-1 needs another new home, my OM addiction is reaching legendary proportions (according to my wife...)
Cameras are just tools, use the right tool for the job. Some times I shoot 35mm other times I shoot 8X10. Right now, between myself, my wife and 3 kids there are 41 cameras in the house and one on loan to a friend. The right tool can be nothing more than it "feels" like a Leica sort of day.
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