Still using the two Fs I bought in '69 when I was an Army still photographer. Back in the days of the draft they shipped you off to exotic foreign lands for your senior trip.
I'll be retiring soon when I have to start withdrawing from my 401K. I'm a wildlife biologist. But I raised my family with photography 'till the scourge of digital 'photography'.
In the past few years I've had to narrow my collection since it is getting out of hand. Concentrate now on M42 Black Pentaxes and Nikon Fs. I also have about 100 box cameras but only interested in colored and interesting Brownies. Need some old box cameras? Time was you could find all you could stand for $1. You have to pay upwards to $50 now for a colored box camera in its original box in nice condition.
The Spotmatic is at the asymptote of industrial and mechanical design. The Nikon F is the "best camera ever made."
I've four baby Graflexes, a 4X5 view, a couple of Bronica S2A kits, and way too many interesting old cameras that I've stumbled into. If you are looking for old stuff, I have to pare this stack way down before I get doodley and my kids ship me off to Assisted Living. I just went through this with my 86 year old mother, it's no fun.
Post by belgiumreporter on Feb 17, 2017 6:34:45 GMT -5
Wellcome to this forum Puderse, it's allways nice to find kindered spirits. And yes i fully agree with what you say about (black) nikon F's and M42 pentax, allthough i collect the chrome ones as well. Here's a few in my collection:
yes welcome Puderse I too like many others on this site have far too many cameras and am at an age when I should be selling them off... but no, I just keep buying more, the daughter is going to have a hell of a garage when I finally cash in my chips
I've gotten so worried about moving with all my 'stuff' that I have put several 35mm on a well known auction site starting at $0.99.
I've also got 3 big, very heavy, wood, partitioned tool boxes that were my fathers' and my grandfathers'. One was a millwright, another a carpenter, a wood box of plumbers' tools (wife's grandfather), and my fathers' diesel mechanic Kennedy boxes. Can't work on this modern stuff any more. Must be a ton or more!
Affordable retirement places are an 'L' shaped room with a wheelchair shower in the bath. Can't I just die here, not right now of course, and let my kids give it all to the goodwill? Sometimes I think the price you get at a garage sale isn't worth the hassle, and selling and shipping on the internet is also one big pain where I sit.