There she was, gleaming at me at that tiny shop window, waiting for me to go inside, pick her up and take her home. It was that tiny rangefinder camera was waiting for me all along.
Last summer, I went back home to Mexico for a month. I was eager to see my family and friends, but there was another thing I had planned: hunt for second hand treasures downtown.
When I lived in Guadalajara, there was a neighborhood downtown that was famous for having a bunch of shops where you could find a good bargain on second hand cameras and accessories. The problem is, nowadays these shops have turned to the “dark side” and only sell digital cameras. I was so upset when I realized my plans had been crushed…
Suddenly, when I was ready to leave, I found a tiny shop on a corner street with loads of analogue cameras on the window! Could it be? Was that really happening? Could this be an analogue oasis in the middle of the digital dessert?
Yes! This tiny shop is analogue paradise for second hand treasure hunters! I looked through their stock: loads of reflex cameras, but I was looking for a rangefinder camera. Then it hit me, a small glimpse in the corner of my eye and there it was, a beautiful Olympus Trip 35 in perfect condition waiting for me to take her home and embark on a whole new adventure.
After a few bargaining moments, that little jewel was mine and this is how my second hand love affair started!
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