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Vintage things that have REAPPEARED in your lifetime?

Discussion in 'The Observation Bar' started by tonyb, May 28, 2018.

  1. HanauMan

    HanauMan Practically Family

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    I've noted that some of the 35mm stuff is going up in price recently as the cameras and equipment slowly slide into the 'vintage' brackets. So, yes, perhaps a good time to pick up a nice 'retro' / 'vintage' film camera. But there is a trend to go back to film by many amateurs (going by the increased sales of 35mm film) and if I had somewhere nowadays to set up a dark room I'd be joining them too.

    I still have a old Zenith 11 SLR, the model that I used to teach myself photography a lifetime ago. Like you, I still plan my photos before I shoot 'em instead of taking a dozen shots. As you say, back in the day each picture mattered, financially.

    Funny thing about the Russian tubes mentioned above. Back in the Cold War some Soviet pilots defected to the west with their spanking new Mig fighters. I recall that the engineers all sneered at the Soviet technology and how the electronics had tubes, unlike the more modern western electronics. They derided the Soviet technology as 'backwards' but then it was realized that this was done on purpose as the tubes would be less affected by the electromagnetic pulses from nuclear weapons: in other words, when the nuclear mushrooms rose they would fry western electronics but not affect the Soviets as much!
     
  2. tonyb

    tonyb Vendor

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    My first SLR was a Zenit (yes, without the "h"), a reverse engineered Pentax, as the photography club's faculty advisor informed me way back then. I bought it new for something in the neighborhood of 40 bucks, if memory serves (which it may not; we're talking almost half a century ago now).

    I've had Nikon SLRs as well (still got one around here somewhere) but I preferred the early OMs. They're smaller and lighter and easier to use. The controls seemed more ergonomic to me.

    A pro I used to work with has switched to a digital Leica as his go-to camera. He rarely leaves home without it.
     
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  3. tonyb

    tonyb Vendor

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    Heirloom tomatoes.

    I hadn't heard of such things until fairly recently. Or, if I had, it didn't make much of an impression. When I was a youngster tomatoes in the garden were red and round. Now, in my own tomato beds, besides the Early Girls and Beefsteaks, I have some that are supposed to produce purple fruit and some with yellow fruit. Got some Romas, too. I'd have to refer to the little plastic tags to tell you what all I got growing back there.

    The heirloom varieties never went away entirely, of course. But you rarely if ever saw the seeds or plants at the "regular" garden store or growing in the neighbors' gardens. Now they're everywhere, even the big-box stores.
     
  4. Captain Neon

    Captain Neon Familiar Face

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    My wife got me hooked on growing tomatoes after we got married. She convinced me to grow a few plants behind our garage so I could have a few BLT. They were the round and red varieties back then that I picked up as seedlings from a big box store. The interest has now expanded to growing mostly open pollinated (heirloom, if you prefer), and a few hybrids. This year we are covering the gamut of tomato colours (green when ripe, white, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple, black, and even blue). I grow varying sizes from cherries to my favourite beefsteak varieties. We eat a lot fresh, give some away, and can as much as we can into salsa, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and crushed tomatoes. I start from seed, and try to grow a few different varieties. Just to keep me honest on trying new ideas, I ask my wife and two boys to each pick a variety of their choice for me to grow. My wife esp. likes the blue tomatoes, but I have yet to be impressed by a single one that she has chosen: poor yield and boring flavour. She says that she likes the way they look. I learn something new every year about growing tomatoes.
     
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  5. Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange I'll Lock Up

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    I've got b/w film loaded in three cameras at the moment - Nikon F2, Olympus Stylus Epic, and Minox IIIs. (Also unloaded: another F2, two Olympus OM bodies, a half-dozen lenses for each system, another Minox, and many other cameras, including Yashica TLRs and Graphic 4x5s.)

    But I never actually stopped shooting film, so it's not like I've "come back" to it. In fact, I only got my first smartphone with a decent camera a couple of months ago... and while it's amazing tech, and certainly useful for grab shots and documentation, I don't consider it "photography". I prefer to think of "digital imaging" as a separate technology and discipline (though it requires barely any discipline or craft compared to using manual exposure/focus film cameras).

    I've still got tons of darkroom equipment from my pro-photographer parents (including an Omega D3 autofocus 4x5 enlarger that I have no doubt works perfectly)… but haven't set up a darkroom, I've just been developing the film in my kitchen and scanning the negs for the last few years. I just don't do enough to justify old-school printing in a darkroom.

    I grew up working in my parents studio and b/w photography is just part of who I am. I will probably never stop shooting/developing b/w film, as long as film and chemistry remain available and I can still operate the equipment.
     
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  6. tonyb

    tonyb Vendor

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    How many plants do you have, more or less?
     
  7. Captain Neon

    Captain Neon Familiar Face

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    I'm growing 18 plants this year. 13 in the ground, and 5 in pots on our deck. We moved over the winter so this is new ground with new conditions. I was in a community plot the last three seasons. This year, I am growing in my back yard. Learning a lot while trying some new to me ideas in growing.
     
  8. tonyb

    tonyb Vendor

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    This is my fourth growing season in a climate quite unlike the one I knew. Shorter season, far more extreme temperatures, far dryer. That’s the downside. The upside is that it is far sunnier. The tomatoes did very well last year and are off to a bang-up start this year.
     
  9. tonyb

    tonyb Vendor

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    ^^^^
    Should be “drier,” not “dryer.” I hate not being able to clean up those kinds of mistakes. Drives the old proofreader in me nuts.
     
  10. Just Jim

    Just Jim One of the Regulars

    I've still got my Nikons and lenses (and all kinds of extra stuff--anyone need a bulk roller?), but haven't shot a frame of film in a years. I do use some of the lenses on my digital Nikon, but really need a better set-up to use manual focus lenses. If I could get a digital back for my F3, I'd be content.
     
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  11. Bugguy

    Bugguy A-List Customer

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    Perhaps this is a good time to be snapping up "classic" 35mm cameras. I've seen almost giveaway prices on this "obsolete" stuff of late.[/QUOTE]

    That's why I picked up a an early Nikonos underwater camera (Nikon 1963 and later). I couldn't afford it when I was regularly diving, but bought it cheap a few years ago. There's a real science to underwater photography thats being lost in the digital world.
     
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