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  1. #1
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    Thumbs up Summer, up North

    Looks like I'll be spending some time away ... cleaning up and packing up a relative's home, up in the Northwoods. While I was up there, over the weekend, I came across a Minolta SRT 101. Yeah, one of the "original" SLRs.

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    Man, is this a blast from my past high school days. I'm adding it to my "inventory", for sure. Talk about the 1974-connection. Whoa. Not only that, it comes with a 58mm f/1.4(16) (M.F.D. = 22 inches) MC Rokkor lens and a 2x T/C. Look at the condition of that leather case ... you have to love it.

    Anyway ... I'm going back with the canoe, the SONY DSLRs and make a real trip out of it. A couple weeks of rest and relaxation. The neighbor has a big ol' float boat. I am going to get that Eagle that I've been chasing, one of these days.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-09-2009 at 05:18 PM.
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    Wow. That 58mm Rokkor looks mint!

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    Red face A closer look ...

    The entire camera is in terrific shape ... for a 35-year old unit.

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    Taken w/ A700 w/ 17-50mm lens

    You also may notice the flash shoe is NOT a "hot shoe." The external flashes only worked through the 'PC sync' cable.

    Upon closer inspection, it has some underlying surface rust that probably is not going interfere with the camera's operation.

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    Taken w/ A700 w/ 90mm MACRO lens

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    Taken w/ A700 w/ 90mm MACRO lens

    It has a roll of film in it, which I need to shoot up ... I am going to assume it is ASA 100, since it that was pretty routine and the indicator on the rear cover is set to that setting.

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    Taken w/ A700 w/ 17-50mm lens

    Besides, faster film did not come until later. (Won't I be surprised when I open the back and find ASA 1600 film in it, huh? )
    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-09-2009 at 05:50 PM.
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    Wow Don, sounds like we have some of the same stuff going down, last 2 weeks now we have been pretty much spending all our free time cleaning out, clearing up, disposing of etc. etc. of my father in laws home and contents. We are doing lots of running back and forth as it is 'only' just over a hour drive one way, man the fuel is killing me! Haven't unearthed any cameras, but more tools then I have ever seen. The wifes sister and her husband 'who I introduced to her' are pretty much worthless as far as help goes, They cleaned out the gun safe and the gold and silver coins right away and thats about it as far as the work goes! Ah but thats another story and has nothing to do with photography, So back to the photos, are we going to see wildlife of the great north woods from you Don?
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    Red face Way up North!

    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoxx View Post
    So back to the photos, are we going to see wildlife of the great north woods from you Don?
    Sean, I would certainly hope so ... if the ani-mules cooperate.

    There are a lot of deer, bears and 'that eagle' in this quiet part of the woods, so you never know.

    Aside from that and on the subject of a HOBBY in your later years -> My wife's uncle designed and built this beautiful dollhouse, which needs a home and which I am going to photograph, so going up with me is the studio light set-up and all my other stuff (filters, lenses and what have you). You certainly do not want to be missing something that far away, so you "over prepare." Even then ... it is a "dive in the tank."

    On the subject of the dollhouse (it is more like a "doll mansion"), its 13-rooms are completely "wired" with "switchable" micro-lighting (complete with little plug-in receptacles for lamps and such), is about 7-feet long, 2.5-feet deep, and towers 4-feet tall. The roof and floors are all hand-laid it is breath-taking when you walk up to it. Believe me, this is no "toy", but more like a work of art.

    The biggest problem with all this is that this is no "one-hour" drive ... or even a "three-hour tour" ... it is at least six-hours, one way! You drive until the FULL tank of the truck runs out. (Average current gas cost = $81) Heck, it is the other end of Wisconsin, practically!

    Another problem, which judging from your own location that you personally probably experience, is that EVERYTHING (Walmart & other items) is at least ten (usually 20) or more miles away. You really need to make a list and check it twice, read your map and do some semi-serious planning before you set out or you are going to be gone a long time with all the back and forth driving.

    Heck, here in Des Plaines, the K-mart is just on the other block. We are so spoiled. Heck, I've got me 56,000 neighbors, a real busy International Airport, Sports Arena, conventional center, brand-new casino going up (oh, like we need that! ) and freeway access ... all about a mile or two away! That's one hell of a difference in lifestyle and decision making, compared to "up there." You really do not want to have to "go out for a loaf of bread", because the price of gas is so prohibitive (the hidden tax).

    Yes, they could have planned the shut down of this home a lot better, but they were "independent" to the end, leaving "the kids" (all us 50/60 year olds) having to sort it out and decide how to liquidate the life they built over forty years, with all the stuff a household like that has. Not only that, the house has to be sold ... in this horrible market. Five years ago, it probably would have been simple and far more profitable, but now, mortgages are not available for 2nd or vacation homes, no matter how good your credit. Man, what were they thinking? Forever is a long time and it came a bit too soon.

    They have some pretty neat outdoors decorating places along the highway, as you travel from place to place. I took several images of their wears, just for fun, and this unique looking fountain caught my eye. I'm not sure why, but what the heck?

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    Here was their premiere Waterfall display. Two complete systems involved.

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    Can you imagine something like this in your backyard? LOL ... man, the neighbors will never leave.

    They had some "smaller" systems, but as far as I can see, they require an equal amount of work getting them in.

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    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-09-2009 at 08:11 PM.
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    better take a point and shoot to make sure you get all those shots your sony/ tamron combination misses.

    have fun Don and drive safe.
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    Don,

    That Minolta looks to be in such great condition that the roll of film in it could be the only roll of film the camera ever saw. It'll be interesting to see if photos were taken by its previous owner on that roll.

    Have fun, and be safe up there!!!
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    Darin,

    I am afraid the previous owner shot the snot out of this camera. People remark at how much he loved using it, back in the day. He had a lot of stuff in the case, including:
    • a Sun Hi-Tele 85-210mm f/4.8(22)(M.F.D. = 9-ft) zoom lens (has a pistol-grip handle attached to it) -> this definitely is an outdoor lens,
    • a Vivitar Speedlight, and
    • a curious 10x mini-telescope w/ handle, which I am still trying to figure why. I mean there is no way of making it work with the camera ... so he used it 'stand alone' ... perhaps for framing.


    You can tell, he was into his craft. This was not just a camera in a bag. He took good care of his gear. Everything has its own cover and such.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-09-2009 at 05:52 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    So you taking the laptop and the air card Don so you can stay in touch and upload from the wilderness? My one hour road trip isn't to bad as it is just over 50% interstate driving. The house is on the nice quiet end of a town of about 30,000 with interstate access about half a mile away so lots of things are handy. The unhandy part is that it is almost close enough to go down for the day, stay late and then drive home for the night, and repeat! I need to put the camera bag in the car, never know what you might see.
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    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
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    Yes, I am taking the laptop ... because they have cut all cable and telephone services to the house. I was hoping to get a digital connection from the cellular to the laptop so as to avoid a contract connection, because I do not use it anywhere else.

    It might be cool to be able to access the forum from up there, as you never know what can happen.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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