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Succoured, satisfied, sated, slaked, salved, soothed, satiated: Excuse me while I expatiate about a camera I have been given. It happens to me occasionally (and I welcome it), people give me cameras. Whether it’s the wall of cameras I caretake, or the observation that I am seldom seen without a camera near or upon my person: disused and once loved cameras are offered to me.
Whilst on a Summer holiday back in NZ, Jeremy and Monique came across Monique’s old photography-student-staple: the Minolta x370s that took this shot. A marvellous camera with a 35-70mm ƒ3.5 lens. They contacted me and offered it for my use. Of which, of course, I gratefully accepted.
I ran a film through it and despite some misgivings that I had mounted the lens wrong, and as such wasted a film, the photos it took are lovely. I’m not a technical photographer, and so I don’t know what makes a good lens. Phrases and measures like Chromatic Aberration and Pincushion or Fringing mean nothing to me: I have a compulsion to photograph something, I point camera, I shoot, film lab processes and scans film, I look/feel joy - share.
Thank you for the camera Monique, thank you for thinking of me Jeremy - it’s a lovely thing. Robust but light functional and rewarding. I’m not a fan of zooms (unsubstantiated prime snob syndrome) but this lens is a gem!