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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Alma Mater Visit...Go Bucks!

Well I did get the pictures back from the old film taken with my antique shop find. They actually printed out. I haven't scanned the pictures yet. I was surprised it could actually be developed. I have new film in the camera now and will see what happens with that. I'm excited.

For now I want to share a picture of my daughter doing her first tree climbing on the Oval at The Ohio State University. She had sooo much fun. I used my 50mm lens for this picture.

We also had to go check out the new student union where I went at least once a week to eat at Mark Pi's. Sadly that eatery is no longer there, but the new union is gorgeous with other types food to energize the growing minds. There was a fabulous life sized Brutus sitting on one of the benches there too. I believe I used my 55-200mm lens for this one.
I have a camera class at Sotterly Plantation on Saturday with Robert Tinari. I'm going to take both my film and digital camera. Hopefully I'll come back with some great pictures.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Antique Store Find

While visiting some family back in Ohio this past week, I found out that my mother-in-law had a booth in an antique shop dowtown. She is starting do downsize some of her belongings. I figured I would go check out the store and see what all was there. Well on a table next to my MIL's booth something caught my eye. It was a camera case that was in excellent condition. Curiosity peeked my interest so I decided to look in the case and low and behold there was a camera that also was in fabulous condition. I checked ou tthe lens and looked through the view finder and both looked outstanding. There is not a single scratch on the lens. The leather strap looks like it was never hung over anyone's neck AND it had the user's manual! I knew this had to be mine. So I looked at the price and it was marked $20. Oh yeah, this baby was going home with me. I forgot to take a picture of the bottom, but it has "Made in USSR". Of course I had to find out what I could about it. It seems to be a Russian made camera for US export called a Kalimar SR200. The Russian version of this in the Zenit-E. It is a 35mm film camera. It takes no batteries. I think it dates about 1979-80 from the Olympic rings on the front. The US had boycotted the Olympics and when Russia was hosting them and sent us these cameras with the rings on there. When I got it to my MIL's house I discovered there was film already in the camera and some had been used. I finished the film yesterday and dropped it off to get developed. How old the film was and whether anything took I will find out tomorrow. I will say the film I pulled out had metal rings on the top and bottom. I will try the camera out with fresh film next. I hope there are pictures and I didn't ruin the other ones when I slightly opened the film area. Anyway here are the pictures...