Macro Monday (Wednesday Edition)

Hope everybody had an enjoyable Christmas. A nice way to start off your after Christmas day!

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Christmas cactus – the gift that keeps on giving! Chris

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Battery Burner – Canon’s Massive Motor

When you chase down something for over forty years the payoff should be special – it was! It’s not like these beasts are rare, if I had had a few more bucks in my pocket back in 1978 I could have purchased it for around $400 at the Navy Exchange in Yokosuka along with my F-1. But being an underpaid and over-deployed Sailor there’s only so much money to throw at cameras when there were hi-end stereos still to buy. ^.^

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No one I knew at the time (including myself) needed one of these – they were meant for professional photographers and I was certainly not that. But how could a 25-year-old “camera bug” not want it? Just look at it! Crazy big but powerful and that sound it made when burning through film at 3.5 fps – wow! The F-1 was already a monster to lug around and this bit of motorized mayhem would add over 2 pounds to an already strained neck.

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Yum-yum, eat ’em up!

So after 40 years I broke down and bought my Canon Motor Drive MF on eBay from a large camera retailer on the West Coast. I believe I got it at a great price – $60 plus shipping for a fully working and in nearly mint condition. I’m very happy with it and yes, it’s still a ridiculous piece of camera hardware but it harkens back to another time and place in photography and that makes it worth it.

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It’s almost as big as the camera itself!

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A gentle reminder that when in the continuous mode that the shutter speed range is from a low of 1/60 to a max of 1/2000. Single frame allows shooting down to 1 second.

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It looks great on my original F-1 from 1978 and it’s a fun reminder of those heady days back in Japan when I wanted anything that could be attached to the F-1. After 40 years it just feels right! Merry Christmas to me.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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flower dreams

Another view of these wonderful blossoms from December 2017. This is one of my favorites.

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Christmas cactus in the studio…

One of our favorite blossoms – each flower is different from the next and differs from day to day. This beautiful cactus is in our indoor window garden and right on a cue, it’s putting on a show for Christmas.

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Fujifilm FinePix S9900W – soft focus

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The View from our Garden Window

A look through our garden window on this wet and cool North Florida day. Traditional autumn colors mixed with the pink of an Encore azalea and the wonderful colors of a poinsettia – oh, and our strange little “cactus” from somewhere in the galaxy (last pic).

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Our tribute garden just outside of our dining room window. The cypress fence becomes alive with lichen and moss through the years – lots of sun and tropical rains provide the perfect environment. Papa Sol has been looking over the garden for nearly 20 years now – keeping it safe and providing a home for lizards.

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The Home Depot “cactus from outer space” that keeps changing into new and bizarre shapes almost daily. I don’t think it was meant to live this long.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Camera – Samsung Galaxy S8+

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Christmas cactus in all its glory!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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The power of Light

The drama of the lighting and the beauty of the blossoms –

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Christmas cactus blossoms

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Lighting is a mix of natural sunlight on a cloudy day and one studio light set at daylight (5600K) and located to the lower right of the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Downsizing – Some new cameras in our shop this week

Hi. If you’ve been following our blog for a while you know that Carol and I have an online (Etsy Shop) at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

We’re in the process of downsizing our collection of cameras and photo gear and are offering some unique items at exceptional savings. Many (almost all) of the items in our shop are one owner items that have been stored properly, inspected for functionality and guaranteed to be described accurately.

Here’s a small sample of what we’ve added to the shop this week.

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Olympus OM-1 set with G. Zuiko Auto-S f1.4 50mm lens and a large collection of original sales brochures and instruction booklets. Only $69.00 plus shipping.

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Beautiful and functional Kodak Junior Six-20 film camera from around 1935. It’s super clean and in excellent condition inside and out – it even comes with a vintage roll of 620 Kodacolor film (exposed). BTW, 620 film is still available! Only $19.75 plus shipping.

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From around 1972, a nice Kodak Pocket Instamatic 30 film camera set in its original box with unused GE Magicubes! How cool is that? Make a great display piece. It’s been tested and looks like everything works – I even fire off a Magicube (not these) and the flash worked great! Only $9.75 plus shipping.

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No, it’s not a GE electric razor but it inspired the GE designers to model one after this design. From c1946 this super cool exposure meter (light meter) comes with its original leather case and was sold exclusively through the  (US) Army Exchange Service. Only $9.75 plus shipping.

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Olympus made this camera for Sears, Roebuck and Company under the Tower brand – the Tower 10 actually. One of those rare 1950s rangefinder 35mm cameras that have both the Tower logo and the Olympus markings. This camera is fully working and makes a great addition to any vintage rangefinder collection. Only $68.75 plus shipping.

All of our cameras are available to ship worldwide. Stop by our shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com to see our complete selection and for more details about these items.

Many thanks! – Chris

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Yashica’s ‘Sailor Boy – Christmas Elf’?

We’re super lucky to have run across a rather hard to find Sailor Boy – this one came to our attention from a visitor to our blog – then through eBay by way of South Africa to Florida! Welcome home, little guy!

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This unique version of Sailor Boy – complete with his Yashica 35mm camera.

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Cousins, not brothers. The only thing missing on our little guy is his green decal which should be on the front of his hat.

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Sailor Boy convention. The new guy cleaned up nicely. A little bit of warm soapy water and a soft brush and he’s good as new!

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Made in Japan is about all we know at this point. We’re not even sure about when he was made.

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Cool shoes – but are they “elf” shoes?

More about the history and variations of Yashica’s advertising figurine soon. As always, feel free to share your Sailor Boys with us – we’re looking to add to our collection with new versions of this cute guy.

Thanks

Chris and Carol