September 10, 2015

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.

SHOW-AND-TELL

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.

Pat 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 Schlumberger Co.

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.

The auction sale items included:

The meeting included news items from Laszlo and Lexie about their success in having their prints accepted for exhibition, and a reminder about the upcoming 1-day camera show/swap meet in Dallas, set for October 24 at the Dallas Center for Photography.


A very unique vintage/antique image case. The photo in the upper right corner has been added.
It's possible the other three are of one family.


The Girl Scout roll film camera by Kodak, in the proper green, with the case.


The same Girl Scout camera, showing the front cover with logo. The Eastman Historic
site lists the camera as a VP Model B, using 127 film, produced from 1929-1934.

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A blue Vest Pocket (VP) camera by Kodak, using 127 roll film.


The "art deco" front/cover of the blue VP, and the engraving in the middle of the chrome rectangle.


The Weston illumination light meter, with 3 ranges calibrated in foot-candles, as well as the original calibration notice.


The Sony "A" lens mount: on camera and on lens. In orange is the very slim O-ring seal on both. Also, on the body is seen the slot drive
for the auto focus function on the attached lens. The electronic contacts and three-foot bayonet is compatible with just about all the auto focus
lenses made for the film-based Konica Maxxum series cameras.



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