Shame on US – an observation

The absolutely stunning attack on the most visible symbol of American democracy on 6 January 2021 should be a lesson to us all that words matter. For far too long the lunatic fringes of our society have been given a free pass by claiming that their organization’s members are nothing more than spirited “patriots”. What I witnessed yesterday was an armed insurrection attacking the United States Capitol building while Congress was in session and the current vice president and vice president-elect were present. This is unacceptable in a free democracy with well established laws and rules. It was not a protest, it was the pure definition of mob violence directed at the freely elected representatives of our government. And we all know who, just moments before the attack was the prime instigator. Breaking laws and planning a coup against our government is a serious crime that should be punished to the full extent of the law.

I believe in my country and I believe our Republic will prevail as long as the lunatic fringes of our society are reeled in and labeled for what they are – Rebellious Traitors. I served over 22 years in the United States Navy during the height of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. I would have given my life to protect this country and I expect nothing less from our elected officials that take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic. The same oath I took back in 1975.

I suggest a formal inquiry be conducted to root out the cancerous factions within and without our government. Someone and somebody is responsible for instigating the events of yesterday with their constant lies and inciteful words and actions.

Don’t let the ideals that make this country great fade out or be overrun by terrorists and extremists. – Chris

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Leotax Merite TV2 – 1958

I’ve finally found a wonderful Merite camera body to add to my collection. I’ll be posting about it soon. Happy New Year!

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While doing some research on late 1950s Japanese 35mm rangefinder cameras, I came across the Leotax brand. Their cameras are highly regarded by collectors and photographers alike. They have a reputation of being one of the better built Leica inspired models, especially during the early 1950s. I personally believe that Nicca built the best versions as I own several different models and I occasionally shoot with a Nicca 3-S.

My good friend Paul Sokk pointed out that a Leotax camera box in my collection has the name of the model spelled differently than the accepted norm – ‘Merite vs. Merit’. Intrigued we both started looking for proof as to the camera’s “real” name. The camera was also known as the model TV2.

merite 2 My recently acquired Leotax Merite camera box (from Japan). Mérite in French.

“Excellent mechanism with the best technology”… Leotax Merite

Brochure 2 Paul spotted this sales flyer from Leotax. The…

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Happy SUNday! – Minolta Six

Here’s another look at one of the oldest cameras in our collection. We did sell this one to another collector recently.

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Minolta’s first 6×6 medium-format camera. The body is made almost entirely from Bakelite. 1936

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It’s kinda hard to find a pre-war Minolta especially one that has a working shutter. What a lovely picture machine from another era. It’s available in my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Have a beautiful day and as always, thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Astro Boy – Mighty Atom

Who knew? I didn’t until I opened a video camera remote control and found these gems sitting inside since around 2004.

Astro Boy on a pair of Sony AA batteries – expired 11/2005 and they didn’t leak! High-quality batteries made by Sony in Japan. If your a fan of Anime and Manga then these are right up your alley. I understand these were produced in a limited run back in the early 2000s. I’m just happy that they didn’t destroy my remote. Hooray for Mighty Atom!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Be sure to stop by my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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COVID Scissorhands

COVID Scissorhands

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Work in an Atlanta-area hair salon? Channel your inner Johnny Depp.

— Tommy Siegel

(for Atlanta Magazine Instagram)

25 April 2020. On 24 April 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp allowed gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, and massage therapists, among others to re-open, with theaters and dine-in restaurants to follow on 27 April. In March, Kemp had closed or curtailed operations of ‘nonessential’ business in Georgia for coronavirus concerns. Now, he has re-opened them even as deaths in Georgia from the disease have passed 900 and continue to rise.

AJC (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Used for non-commercial purposes by permission.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

 

Scams on eBay – beware of the too good to be true offer!

It’s always good advice to beware of the so-called “too good to be true” offers no matter where you encounter them, especially on eBay. I’ve alerted eBay about these messages but to no avail. They said that they would look into them but since I still receive them it’s unlikely eBay did much about it.

As you’ll see in these four messages from what looks like legitimate accounts an obvious trend. I’ll add that these messages are for the same item I have listed on eBay and the messages cover about a two month period. The item lists for around $1,800.

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I believe that the scammer(s) hijack legitimate accounts that haven’t been active in a while so as to appear to be legit offers. I’ve never responded to any of these and I’ll never do so. Please, never engage a scammer as they are capable of almost anything and may be able to glean something of importance from any conversation that you may exchange with them.

I once had an offer to mail a full-size piano to Nigeria!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Happy 2020!

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Daisy Mae – The original angry dog (for no good reason).

Happy New Year to all of our friends.

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Chains in macro

This week’s theme for Flickr’s “Macro Mondays” is “chain”. I can’t decide which of these three images I’ll use. Comments? Choices? Thanks

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Window Bell – copper and brass

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Fancy Chain – chromed steel

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Garden Bell – aluminum and steel

All three are taken with the macro setting on my Samsung Galaxy S8+

Thanks for stopping by! Chris

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