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    Quote Originally Posted by DBP
    I find I can get infatuated with cameras, mostly older ones, like the Contessa I saw at the camera show and just had to take home.
    I once took home a contessa, but her husband didn't like it....

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    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]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargazer
    But the point is, I'm not a lad.

    There's a lot to be said for pushing what you already have to the limit, and I'm not sure I've done that yet - this has been helpful in clarifying that, thanks.
    Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! I must be denser than I thought. Sorry, I ass-umed from an earlier post that you were male.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyboy
    Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! I must be denser than I thought. Sorry, I ass-umed from an earlier post that you were male.
    No worries

    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?

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony lockerbie
    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?
    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.

    Of course, this is also how I've acquired a lot of my antique cameras, I was saving them from being thrown away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colrehogan
    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.

    Of course, this is also how I've acquired a lot of my antique cameras, I was saving them from being thrown away.

    Should you decide that OM-1 needs another new home, my OM addiction is reaching legendary proportions (according to my wife...)

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    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.
    DIGITAL IS FOR THOSE AFRAID OF THE DARK.

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