Random notes, thoughts, whatnot...
It's been a busy Summer, allowing far less days for photography than I had hoped for. But Fall on the Sonoma Coast is a delightful time and I look forward to getting out for lots of fresh air and picture taking.
A few weeks ago, I sent my Polaroid SX-70 camera in to Matt Widmann at 2nd Shot SX-70 Service. We've been emailing each other back and forth since and I have already learned things about my Polaroid I never knew. A complete report on my SX-70 refurb is coming soon!
One of my two black body Pentax Spotmatic SP cameras is in Eric Hendrickson's shop now for CLA. Once I get it back, I'll have two good serviced SPs to shoot. Maybe keep color in one and black and white in the other? And wow do I love the 50mm 8-element Super Takumar lens!!
I can't say enough good things about the repair folks at Blue Moon Camera & Machine. They did a CLA on my Minolta XD and that little camera is just a joy to shoot now. My little XD is packed with features including aperture and shutter priority automation and full manual control. I have some black and white film in the Minolta as I write this. Blue Moon also did a CLA and battery upgrade on my Canon original F-1. The Canon came back all spiffy and smelling really good. I wrote Blue Moon to ask what that wonderful smell was and Sophia wrote me back and said it was probably the Pliobond adhesive they used on the new seals. Didn't know glue could smell so good!
I've also had a roll of Acros in my new-to-me Leica M7 for several months now. After shooting my way through most of the Leica M film cameras, I believe I have finally settled on the M that I want to keep. I know that Leica purists will hurl rocks at me for saying this, but I really like aperture-priority automation in a Leica M body. First impressions on this camera soon and full review to come.
I hope to get back to San Francisco for one more street photography photo walk this year. I learned so much the last time and even had an "a-ha moment" that I'll be writing about soon.
Any time I think, even just for a moment, that one of my 35mm cameras or even my medium format Pentax 645n is too big or too heavy, I think back to the chap I came across on the Bluff Trail overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Timber Cove a few weekends back. I was shooting my Pentax MX. He had hiked a mile in with an 8x10 view camera!
Life is good.