Camera Notes

Keeping notes is essential to the orderly mind and to the orderly collection.

The 625 Mercury Cell

The 625 Mercury Cell

The Mercury Cell Problem The PX625 mercury cell was a great little battery. Its main feature was its ability to provide a steady stable voltage over its lifetime and then fail quickly when its life was over. This stability made it perfect for use in measuring...

Inside a TX

Inside a TX

I love precision machinery of all kinds. And I love well made cameras. I will sit for hours holding, handling, playing with one of my cameras and derive real pleasure from that. (My wife thinks I'm nuts ....) That is why I talk so much about how a camera "feels" as...

Shooting the AE-1

Shooting the AE-1

My second outing with film happened on June 12th of this year. I chose a black AE-1 to try out with an FD 50mm f/1.8 lens, the standard workhorse of the FD lenses. This camera is a lot less automatic than the EOS A2 I reported on in my last post. For film I chose a...

Shooting the EOS A2

Shooting the EOS A2

The EOS A2 is a film camera introduced in November of 1992. It is shown with an EF 28-135mm lens. This camera will accept all of the Canon EF lenses making it very versatile even though it is a film camera. As I have said in these pages, I have been considering...

The Camera Show

The Camera Show

Being new to camera collecting (I began in November 2015) I had not been to a camera show. I knew how much I enjoyed gun shows when I was collecting fire arms back in the 70's and 80's and how much I learned from fellow collectors. So I was looking forward to going to...

The Collector

The Collector

So, the other day my daughter calls me with a problem: she has cameras, lots of them, and she is planning to put them in the dumpster. Do I want to see them, Dad? Well …. Hell yes! Kathleen’s father-in-law, Bill, died recently and my daughter and her husband are...

My Fourth Camera

My Fourth Camera

In my last year of high school I worked part time in a photo store in the Humbertown Mall in Etobicoke which was a suburb of Toronto. It was a great job and a great place to learn more about photography. One day a consignment came in to be sold: a Leica M-3 with 50mm...

My Third Camera

My Third Camera

I am certain that this discussion of my old photographic equipment is an absolute bore for you. But I'm having a blast. This is old stuff I have not thought about for decades and I am enjoying it. It is like looking back at one's trail of footprints in the snow; I can...

My Second Camera

My Second Camera

I was in high school in Toronto when my father bought a camera for the family. He was not a photographer by any means but he wanted a decent camera to take color slides which were all the rage then. He chose the Yashika "D" 120 roll film camera. This...

My First Camera

My First Camera

I dimly remember an old black box camera in the house when I was very young. That would be in the late 1940's. I remember playing with it. The shutter was tripped by a little piece of metal sticking out the side at the front. Fixed focus, roll film, no aperture...

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