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January 26, 2011


Hmmm. I still have some of the 3.5" floppy disks I used to use with my Sony Mavica FD5 (in fact, I still have the FD5) but I'm not sure that that's what you were thinking of.

My Holga camera! I haven't actually had film in it for years but there's no way I'd throw it away...

I have a Sekonic exposure meter (can't remember the model off-hand) and always fancied the spot meter attachment for it without going to the bother of buying one. However, I saw the attachment on Ebay at a good price and bought it. That was a year ago and I've never been able to find my exposure meter since then. The two have never even been mated together. Can't really say I miss them, though.

OK, I'll shoot: I have a cable-release with built-in timer (primarily for LF purposes) and a Polaroid 545 Pro back.

My attitude to filters varies a lot: there's a bunch of them, colours, grads, minor corrective - I recently upgraded to Lee holders for the dSLR, MF and LF kit, but almost never use them. I shoot so little film these days and as you say, digital is far more convenient for b&w tone-separation. Even so, I do like the idea of being able to slam-on a few ND filters (maybe a grad (my preference is for neutral HDR these days)) and go.

For something that's become an anachronism, the standard mechanical cable release.

As to non-TTL flashes, it's not just the strobists who love them, anybody who has gotten frustrated with the lack of reliable exposure from even the best (Nikon) preflash-based TTL system will enjoy the simple, cheap and reliable Auto-flashes. Sure they aren't as accurate as TTL-OTF flash, but neither are the current systems and the new systems aren't as good as Auto-flash and are a LOT more expensive. There's little point in having all the nifty features if 1/3 of your frames are still incorrectly exposed.

I still have a Pentax Digital Spot Meter which has been modified by sticking a zone system scale onto the scale ring. I haven't used it for a while but I still think that I will someday. Just in case, I've been replacing the battery about every year or so.

I also keep a Sekonic Digiflash Model L-485 flash meter around just in case but have taken the battery out.

Sangamo Weston Master IV selenium light meter complete in leather case and with incident light dome. In its day it was the dogs ****** to me.

I have a Sunpak 333D thyristor flash that I use for simple strobe work -- on the hotshoe of DSLRs. Works pretty well for only $30.

I've been toying the idea of setting a DSLR to monochrome and using contrast filters... I just like the idea of using the old tech with the new tech the way it was designed to work.

I love my Minolta meter. Just had it repaired/calibrated in 2009 by Quality Light Metric in Hollywood, California. Actually received a phone call when it was done! Really can't do multi-strobe work without a meter.

I am sure I still have the bellows attachment and the slide duplicator somewhere. It was the equivalent of the darkroom for those who shot transparencies. Remember those ISO 16 films. We have to do all the necessary adjustments with this dang thing -- cropping, may be little bit of exposure compensation, may be if you're good, some contrast tweaking?

Well it's been a day or two since I've used the drum dryer the copy stand or the contact printer stashed in the attic or there abouts.

Being a Minox type of person I still shoot my III nigh on to daily.


I can understand how making contact prints of Minox film strips might not be as useful as with larger formats. A drum dryer though? That would have to be the featured exhibit in my museum of photo obsolescence.

I can't part with my Omega 4x5 enlarger with cold light head and of course all the associated paraphernalia. The darkroom is still set-up but not in use in about 10 years. More's the pity.

Speaking of flash cubes and Instamatic cameras...I have some. (Blush)

I still have an illuminated slide table which I don't use anymore, along with my 4X Schneider loupe. I also have a cable release for my Nikon FM2T (which is too precious for me to eBay--the camera, not the cable release). Various assorted filters, a heavy Manfrotto tripod (in these days of clean high ISO and vibration reduction, I hardly use them anymore except for macro work). My biggest wish for 2011 is that someone could come up with a digital back for my FM2T and FE2.

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