Sago Palm – Pretty but Deadly

A staple of Florida gardening, the sago palm is a marvel of natural design and engineering – beautiful to see but extremely poisonous. All parts of the plant contain the poison (cycasin) but the seed pods (cones, nuts) are the most deadly to both humans and pets.

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Female sago palm photographed in mid-summer before the seeds are exposed.

About 4 years ago, our cat Pirate had a run in with this plant which is on the property line with our neighbor. He showed signs of having been poisoned and our guess was he possibly chewed on a leaf or seed pod. Fortunately, he’s a strong little Tom and after some intense nursing by us, he pulled through. He’s a wiser old cat now, 15 years old and enjoying life.

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Tough guy Pirate defending his mailbox. He doesn’t quite have the get-up and go to climb the mailbox anymore but it was one of his favorite hangouts when he was younger.

If you have these plants in your landscaping and you have small children or pets please be aware of the danger. For more info, you can check out this site.

Thanks for your visit!

C&C ^.^

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Hanging On – Starting Over

The last leaves of autumn and new growth.

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River maple pops its new blossoms while an old leaf refuses to “leave”.

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The last few days of January and the river maples are showing their new blossoms and buds.

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The last pear leaf and the first bud.

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Japanese garden bell catches the last rays of the day.

A beautiful day in the garden as our North Florida sunlight warms with its late winter rays. Hopefully, we’re past our hard freezes and we’ll be frost free the rest of the winter.

Thanks for stopping by! Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

Chris ^.^

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Happy SUNday!

Our children’s favorites!

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Hope y’all having a wonderful day!

Chris, Carol, Pikachu, Ash, and Sailor Jupiter! ^.^

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more machines

We can’t get enough of this “other-worldly look” – the neon blue (as our friend Pam pointed out) is awesome!

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Actually no post-production work here except to add the logos.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S8+

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris & Carol ^.^

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Canon Autoboy S II (Super) – SLR Slayer!

One of Canon’s best compact 35mm film cameras of the mid ’90s. Also known as the Sure Shot Z135 in the US and the Prima Super 135 in Europe. This beauty features high-quality Canon optics with a powerful 38-135mm 3.6x zoom lens (f3.6 to f8.9). When released in March of 1996, it listed for ¥62,000 or about $540 USD! We’ve used the Autoboy in the past and we can vouch for the quality of the images it produces. 7 shooting modes, date/time and caption imprinting, auto flash modes and what Canon calls “AiAF”! Whoa!

 

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Gorgeous surfaces – well finished and appointed.

These “Modern Classics” deserve another look in this digital age. They’re the perfect way to get into film photography without busting the bank!

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Includes the crazy hard to find original Canon sales brochure for the Autoboy! 

The sales brochure was shot in and around Miami’s South Beach – some pretty awesome images inside from the post “Miami Vice” era!autoboy logo 3

The Autoboy has some heft to it (375g) – yes there’s plastic but of a much higher quality. The switches, levers, and whatnots are solid and the motor drive for the film transport and power zoom are quick and reasonably quiet.autoboy back logo

It features a super bright viewfinder and clear zoom indicator reference lines, 7 shooting modes and can imprint date/time and up to 7 captions in multiple languages! It’s easy to use and has a quick, accurate autofocus.

We think this Canon gives the much-touted Yashica-Kyocera T* cameras a good run for the money (I think it outperforms them albeit with a bit slower lens but with a crazy wide focal range!autoboy box collage

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Of course, we’ve added this beauty to our online camera store at https://www.ccstudio2380.com

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at chriscarol@ccstudio2380.com

C&C ^.^

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From the control room –

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Fun at the movie theater. After watching The Last Jedi tonight, I took a quick peek in the control room and my camera happened to go off!

Have a Happy Weekend!

Chris

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Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Review

Time for a Reblog – We have some new Instax Wide Monochrome film coming from B&H – We’ll review it as soon as we can!

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I wish Yashica was still around… the ‘real’ Yashica from Japan not H.K.

But they’re not so what’s a Yashica freak to do if you want to review new gear and new film formats? Well you turn to my go to camera makers (for the record; Yashica, Canon, Fujifilm)… Fuji Photo Company as they used to be known. Now just Fujifilm. I do appreciate the Fujica line of cameras and would love to own a Fujicaflex and a Fujicarex! But I wander as I often do.

I’ve had my eye on the line of Instax film cameras from Fujifilm ever since they introduced the Instax film (I might have been a little behind the times here). Anyway, since I’ve almost always have had an instant film camera… Polaroids and the Kodak EK4, I decided to splurge and get the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300. Why? The format. I like wide shots…

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Fujifilm Instax 100 “Wide Picture Format” Instant Print Camera – 1999

Fujifilm’s very first Instax film camera – released in May 1999. This beautiful camera takes the wide format Instax film that produces images of 6cm x 9cm (actual 6.2cm x 9.9cm) in glorious full color – now Instax is available in monochrome too!

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instax box collage logoThe camera features a quality Fujinon 95mm lens (2 elements 2 groups) set at f14 and designed to use Instax film rated at ISO800. The shutter fires at 1/64-1/200th of a second. There’s a control to lighten or darken the exposure and an LCD that clearly shows your picture count. The lens focuses from 0.9m to 3m and from 3m to infinity with the push of a button.instax panel logoThis set comes in its original box, has an unopened pack of Fujifilm (dated 2001), the original strap, and the instructions. Oh, and four new Fujifilm (AA) batteries!

If you’re interested in purchasing this unique (and a rather rare set) it’s available in our online shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

We can be contacted via secure email at chriscarol@ccstudio2380.com

Stop by and check out our other unique and hard to find cameras – a great way to get into film photography and show off your “Modern Classic”!

Thanks for stopping by!

C&C ^.^

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