First off, Merry Christmas to any of you that celebrated. I hope you had nuff sorrel, rum punch and mannish water with your loved ones.
I won this camera on an auction site the other day. An old school SLR. To be honest, I didn't know shit about the camera before I stumbled upon it, but the lens on it is fairly rare so I figured I'd try it out and just sell the camera body right away since I'm not into film photography.
Then I got this thing in my hands. Fuuuuuuuuuuuck.
First thing I noticed was how heavy it was. I know a lot of times when people talk about weight of an item, it's more a negative thing. Usually I think of it as more substantial, so to me weight is a good thing. This thing could definitely be a murder weapon, so you know it’s no joke.
Once I unwrapped it, I knew right away I couldn’t sell that thing. I noticed how nice all the finishes were, how everything fit together perfectly, the crisp click of the aperture ring, the smooth travel of the winding lever...this thing was made in the ‘60s but it works like it was made yesterday. I can’t imagine any cameras made today lasting 60 years.
My new baby - Voigtlander Bessamatic! 😍😍😍
Can you imagine all the stories this thing has recorded over it's lifetime? I have the same thoughts when I see vintage clothes. Like imagine making a pair of Levi's in the 1950s and someone could still be walking around with them on today.
People who make stuff like that have to be obsessed with quality. They have to do things the best way they know how to, not the easiest. I’m with that 100%.
At school I was always the “no shortcuts” guy, so that approach really speaks to me. In the real world you have to work within the constraints of your budget, tools, time, etc, but I try to keep that spirit as much as possible. If I can’t do it to a high level, I’m not putting it out. The quicker way might bring more instant gratification, but I’m in this for the long haul so I’m not worried about all that.
One day 50, 60 years from now I hope some kid stumbles upon some shit that I did and has the same reaction I had to this camera, knowing that the person who made it really loved what they were doing.