There's a reason they made the F3 from the early '80s to the turn of the century. It set thye final standard for manual focus SLRs. The film advance is as smooth a velvet. I have a MD for mine but never use it because the manual film advance is so wonderful.
Better than one lump - and twice as good as no coal at all.
I didn't get any cameras. I specially asked not as I'm desperately trying to get some space, do some pruning, concentrate on my favourite era and put some sort of order into a smaller collection. At the moment I've got so many cameras wrapped and packed away in boxes it's a major logistics operation even to look at them, let alone get a chance to use them. I reckon in the first few months of next year I'll be saying: "Oh, Hello camera. Long time no see!".
Some one once said: "A photographer takes pictures with his cameras. A collector takes pictures of his cameras". Very astute observation. As I dig out half-forgotten cameras and pieces of photophernalia over the next few months I'll take some pictures of them and post them.
However, among my presents from Santa (via my son and daughter-in-law) was a lovely book about the life of ordinary working people in Britain from 1900 to 1960. Very few celebrities, no posed portraits, no 'pretties', no great historic events, but well-written text and masses of really great photographs with well-researched captions of ordinary people at home, at work, at play, in the street - nearly all of which I had never seen before. The author, a lady from New Zealand, really studied her subject. Each time I open it I find more to look at in each picture.
Just one very small niggle - no photographer credits. So many of them have got that (to me) unmistakable 'pro' stamp about them and I'd love to know who they were. But then, possibly most of them were staffers, and staffers, it's well known, never got credits.
Some one once said: "A photographer takes pictures with his cameras. A collector takes pictures of his cameras".
Ouch! You mean like this?
I didn't get this FM10 for Christmas. It had been on loan to me from a friend so I'd have a lightweight Nikon body to carry around during my cardio rehab. A couple of days ago we did a trade and I got this for a Bessa L. Cosina for Cosina :-)
In the beginning, there was nothing, which exploded -- Terry Pratchett genewilburn.com
Say nuggets of coal, Randy, that stuff is going to be scarce in the future, when the wealthy have to ride horses again and the resto of us are crawling on our hands and knees. Your great grandchildren will bless you for making them into millionaires.