movement, movement

Too Many Options

Posted in 35mm, photography by amoslanka on October 13, 2010

I found an old gentleman here in Portland via Craigslist who has been collecting old film cameras, particularly 60’s and 70’s and 80’s era Canon and Nikon 35mms, for what seems to be a half a century. In his own words, he’s thinning out his inventory, which in effect is a ridiculous number of cameras, because my midday visit to his “warehouse” left me speechless at the hundreds of cameras he has on tables, couches, in boxes, and in hidden places in order to keep himself from being tempted to sell everything.

My void of words was well filled by Harold’s over abundance of words, and I enjoyed an extended lunch break packed as full as it could get with every bit of information that exists on the topic of the era and style of cameras I was there to inquire about. Harold seems to know more about the brands and technology and intricacies of these cameras than the whole Internet.

I’m in the market lately for the father of professional Canon SLRs, so I’m looking for the right Canon F-1 to join my family, though I’m also open to the idea of the iconic Nikon F or the less-vintage Canon F-1n or EF. Too many options, and in reality, Harold didn’t make my search any easier because my visit to his home today put them all at my fingertips. I’ll figure it out soon enough, however. Enjoy this eyecandy:



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  1. drt & ink - Shopping said, on October 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    […] I spent a good three hours at lunch today looking at vintage 35mms and hearing every last detail about each. A collector I found on Craigslist, selling his collection, is all in one the most knowledgable and talkative man I’ve ever met on the subject. I’ve been looking into getting ahold of an additional vintage 35mm, and Harold’s collection might just provide me with too many options from which to choose. I wrote more about it on my blog at movement, movement. […]


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