New Toy!

I have to show off my new toy. Those of you who know me know I love old things, and old cameras in particular. I have a Speed Graphic 4×5 that I love to play with — it uses the F word (film). There’s just something wonderful about old cameras: the workmanship, the metal construction, the solid feel of a good one — these are things that make my world go ’round.

So here I was, wandering in a Goodwill store the other day and there in the locked case was a brown camera case. Normally, I discount cameras that are donated to Goodwill, but I decided to take a look at it, as it looked old. So I asked the lady to unlock the case and let me take a peek at it. Inside I discovered a true treasure — a rare Zeiss Contaflex IV camera from 1957-1959, in almost mint condition. The case itself is in beautiful shape, and the camera has barely a scratch on it. I’ve run two rolls of film through it and I’ll post images from it when I get them developed. I hope this thing works. It’s a beautiful thing.

BTW, I like Goodwill. They provide a great service to the community. I donate to them as often as I have stuff to donate, and I like to browse through their shelves on occasion. One never knows — one can get lucky. I did.

Contaflex IV

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