Sunday, November 19, 2006

My Dads Camera

I posted before about the camera that I have that was my dads. I have since gotten film for it and taken a few shots with it. I haven't finished the roll of film yet though as the weather here just doesn't want to cooperate. Plus, I haven't been out in the car with it to stop and get any good pictures. I have found out a few things about it though.

It's from the late 50's or early 60's and it is about as simple a camera as one can get. It is a twin lens reflex type and has 2 lenses, one for seeing what you are going to take a picture of and the other lens, the one on the bottom, takes the actual picture. It doesn't have much means of focusing either, it's done manually and all you can do is set it for the distance you are from the subject and hope it comes out clear.

I know most people wouldn't want to use this camera because of it's archaic nature. But this camera means much to me because it was my fathers. He has been past away for almost 20 years now and this is my way to remember him. I also have other little memento's to remember him by, but I think this one is one of the neater things I have of his. I have included 2 pictures, one with the camera itself and the other in the leather case it came in. The leather is in remarkable condition. Part of the reason for that is that the camera flash broke many years ago and my dad simply put it away. I now have it and treasure it. I have 3 other cameras that are easier to use and also better quality than this one, but I still like to take it out now and then to get a picture with it. When I finish the roll of film in it, I might share some pictures on my blog. Till next time BYE!!


Skittles said...

It's always nice to have something like this from someone who meant so much to our life.

HeatherinBeautifulBritishColumbia said...

That is a nice story Mike. Great looking camera. Thanks for visiting and leaving such nice comments. I'm linking you so I will be back to read often!

East of Oregon said...

great story!

Jake said...

Alright Mike.

What do you think of the digital revolution?

I have a nice Canon SLR film camera and hardly ever use it anymore as the pictures from a small 5 mega pixel camera can almost do the same and with unlimited photo capacity. You can take the camera to the nearest Wal-Mart or Walgreen’s and have prints in less than an hour.

Mike said...

I now have a total of 4 cameras. One is the one in the picture, 2 are SLR's, one of which is a Canon Rebel. The other SLR is an old Sears model made by Ricoh and uses Pentax lenses. The newest one is a Digital SLR- a Canon Digital Rebel with 6 megapixel. I liked the digital SLR idea because I have lenses I can use with it. As in like your case though, I seem to not use my film cameras much anymore. The digital one is easier and I can take lots of pics with it. Just a note though, I think I took better pics with the regular SLR's.