A few days ago I went to a pawn shop and I saw a box camera. Yep yet another box camera, priced 8 euros. I wasn’t even gonna give it a look, but I did anyway. It was not another Kodak Brownie but a Zeiss Ikon and it had three apertures and three focussing modes, so I decided to buy it. I am happy I bought it, the camera is made between 1928 and 1934 and it takes great pics.
Today there was a flea market and I went early this morning. There was a lady who sold leather bags and she had one box with Minolta gear. One leather cased camera draw my attention, so I opened the case and inside was a Holga 120 sized metal camera. I thought it was another piece of medium format crap like the Agfa Isola. It was priced 15 euros. I told the lady I had plenty of those and that I was willing to pay 10 euros. She agreed. When I got home and took a closer look it turned out to be a Minolta Hi-Matic 7 rangefinder from 1962 with a 45mm f/1.8 lens on it. Not a simple meniscus lens but real one, 6 lenses in 4 groups. The story gets better. In the late afternoon I return with my wife and kid and my wife is looking through the leather bags at the same stand. The lady calls me for help, someone is looking at a Minolta SLR but the guy can’t open the camera. So I open it for him. There is one problem, the film advance lever is stuck. So the guy does not want the camera. The lady gives it to me and she says I can have it for free. I refuse the camera, because all I can do is put it on my shelf. But she insists and I take it. When I walk home i decide to take a look at the lens and it’s a damned 50mm f/1.4. So I am happy. When I come home I put batteries in it (it takes the same as an LC-Wide) and the camera works perfectly. I got lucky today !!!
written by gauthierdumonde on 2012-06-17