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Chasing Classic Cameras – another Nikon N75 / U2

The Nikon N75 / U2 was one of the last 35mm AF SLR film cameras made by Nikon. U2 for the Japanese market, N75 in the United States, and F75 elsewhere. It’s a rather sophisticated camera with a host of useful and cool features, even full on manual.

To me the black body looks sexy and the silver one looks kind of pewter or champagne silver (if that’s even a color).

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We Want Our Flag to Fly High Evermore – Stop this Assault on America – We Have a Right to Exist!

Again – and again. Please stop the madness.

Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris

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1791 – That’s when the Second Amendment was ratified. Without going into the details of the wording of a document written over 225 years ago, no sane person today should ever use the word “arms” to mean the “war weapons” that Americans can purchase and use today – high velocity, high rate of fire, killing machines (there were no wounded in Sandy Hook Elementary School – only dead children and teachers) and an almost unlimited supply of bullets and magazines that can be changed out in a matter of seconds. Totally insane! We are being held hostage by the words of ghosts! I don’t want to hear your argument about it – the writers of the Bill of Rights could NEVER foresee what “arms” would become just as we can’t see what the future of weapons will be in let’s say 1, 5, or 10 years from now. They would…

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America, oh America you are so lost…

America, oh America how did it all go so wrong? Again and again simple tasks of living turn deadly – a trip to the grocery store, an afternoon at the spa, a trip to the gas station. Schools – all grades – teachers and students, houses of worship, bars, nightclubs, streets, parks, and almost anyplace you go to work. Newsrooms, airports, concerts, and theaters. Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta, Boulder, Parkland, Newtown, Santa Fe, Annapolis, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Miami, Thousand Oaks, Virginia Beach, Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, Midland, Odessa, Springfield, Charleston, San Bernardino, Aurora, Sutherland Springs, and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood. These are only the most recent mass shootings in the last decade… if you go back twenty years the list gets depressingly longer and touches almost every state, city, and town – it will make your head spin and your heart break.

Nothing really changes except the names and locations – nothing gets done. The dead are buried and the families will be left to grieve and search for answers. New, yet unknown names wait to be added to the list – new people, upcoming events, at schools, workplaces, venues, states, cities, and God knows where else. Maybe my next trip to Starbucks will be my last, or maybe someone in my family, one of my friends, a distant relative, or a former co-worker will be in the wrong place at the wrong time – getting some ice cream, a burger, maybe dinner with the family or stopping for gas – just going about living life and then it ends in the flash of a second, the second it takes for someone with a gun to destroy a family, a community, a team, a school, a nation.

Stop. Just stop it. Stop all of this senseless murdering. Stop allowing the few to dictate to the rest of us when and how we will die just so they can own any weapon they want. We have a right to live with our families in peace and without fear.

It can’t be this hard, can it? The Founding Fathers only knew of single shot muskets and pistols when they wrote that Amendment that holds us hostage to this day. Could they ever have imagined a future with machine guns, high-capacity magazines, and an unchecked populace dying to buy them? And yet the debate continues tonight as it will a thousand tonight’s from now about whether or not we should ban war weapons from the hands of the unstable, the mean, the evil amongst us.

Peace and much love to you all as we once again grieve here in America.

Vintage Whale Weathervane

Our vintage hand made whale weathervane that we purchased while visiting New England in the middle 1970s. I made the solid white oak base to properly show off his elegant profile.

Carol and I continue to downsize our collections of things and it’s time for Wally the Whale to swim to another home. Maybe yours? He’s available in my online camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Saturday Smiles – Blue’s Clues!

My son Timothy was crazy about the TV show ‘Blue’s Clues’ – we had Blue’s Clues cups, plates, spoons, toys, games, and just about anything Blue’s Clues and her pals. Fun memories.

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pictures of a post office – ca. 1911

Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States Post Office – Amelia Island 32034

One building, endless photographic possibilities.

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Digital time machine by Fujifilm

Just a quick post to introduce you (again) to a great little time machine. Take a simple and in this case inexpensive digital mirrorless camera (Fujifilm X-A10) mount a Fotodiox adapter behind some vintage 35mm camera lens and suddenly your older lenses have a new life.

In this set-up, a Fujifilm X-A10 digital mirrorless camera, a Fotodiox Pro FD-FX adapter, and a Canon FL 50mm f1.8 lens from around 1965.

Set your camera to aperture priority and select the proper lens focal length in the camera’s menu, set to manual focus and you’re good to go.

In this example I’ve mounted a vintage Spiratone 135mm f2.8 lens on a Fotodiox M42-FX adapter. The ‘FX’ identifies the mount found on Fujifilm digital camera bodies. The ‘M42’ indicates the type of mount on this lens. M42 is also known as a universal screw mount and is used on film cameras like Yashica, Pentax, Fujica, and a bunch more.

This image of the ferns below was shot using the Canon FL 50mm f1.8 lens and the appropriate adapter. Captured at f2.8 at about one meter.

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f8 or f11

This image of the same ferns below was taken using the Spiratone Tc 135mm f2.8 lens nearly fully wide open at f4 from three meters.

If you’re like me you have a bunch of beautiful vintage lenses just sitting around looking good in your display cabinet. Now and then you’ll shoot a roll of film and then it’s back into the cabinet. By purchasing a few inexpensive adapters for use on your mirrorless camera these classic lenses can see the literal light of day again. Remember that when these lenses were new they cost big bucks back in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Why let that investment go to waste.

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Belated St. Paddy’s Day!

New York Mets St. Patrick’s Day green ballcap.

My versatile Fujifilm X-A10 mounted with some vintage Canon glass. The best of old and new.

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