The meeting was a combination of show-and-tell and the member's auction. For one reason or the other, attendance was lower than expected - but everyone there had a good time. The show-and-tell was interesting (as always) and the auction was a success for both buyers and sellers.
John showed up with a very nice, working, Leicaflex SL2 in black. Then, he showed a couple of examples of manipulated prints made from images taken with the SL2. "Manipulated" for John means an end result that doesn't even look like it was a photograph, but is a very fine artistic result, using all sorts of processes he has developed. This includes creating the image, in reverse, on a glass plate, as well as adding various metallic foils for effect.
Finley opened his long-lived bag (by Billingham?) - and out popped a Nikon D800, with three FX Nikkors! All very impressive; the lenses are all zoom and large. Specs include a "full-frame" CMOS sensor rated for 36.3 megapixels, the highest resolution sensor sold at the time, except for some very high-priced medium format digital backs. Finley raved about the low light capabilities of the his new (used) camera.
Curtis showed a unique Daguerreotype case for holding 4 images (tintypes?). Purchased at an estate sale, it came with 3 family-style images. Curtis added a fourth to fill in the empty spot.
showed us a very nice Girl Scout camera by Kodak, in green, with the
original case. He also brought out one of the "art deco" folding cameras
with a name "engraved" on the front cover. Finally, Pat pulled out a
black case (bakelite?) containing a unique incident light meter,
calibrated in foot-candles. It includes the original calibration
paperwork inside, as well as the printing showing it was used by the
Al brought out a Sony A100 DSLR; the first Sony DSLR, after purchasing the Konica-Minolta camera business. It is rated at a pretty good 10.2 megapixel. It's big advantage (at least for me...) is the lens mount. It is called a Sony "A" mount, and will accept any and all Minolta Maxxum AF lenses, which at this time are relatively inexpensive, but of good quality. The lens mounting includes a thin O-ring to "seal" against the bottom of the lens. Most Sony "A" lenses also include an O-ring at the base, as a seal. A second item was the vintage Nikkor: a 400mm f/4.5 in AI mounting. This lens shows signs of being well used over the years and is fitting addition to my collection of "used" old-pro lenses from Nikon.
auction sale items included: