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May 29, 2007


Miguel Reznicek

A very nice look back into the past! I'm only 47, but I remember all those things. My dad wanted to get me a Hasselblad because of the larger negative and I wanted a 35mm F2. The F2 won out, but later on in life I realized he was right. The message is this: That no one learns in someone else's blood. We must all do our own living and learning. The saddest thing is that when a human passes, so does all his experience. What a waste unless it is written...

Thanks for writing!


Robert Treat

My 1st good cmera was a Contaflex Alpha pur in1960. It used a coupled aperature/shutter speed dial. As soon as I could afford a Zeiss/Ikon selenium meter which gave the user an exposure value, all I had to do was lock in the EV on the camera and by rotating the locked in EV pick either the f stop or shutter speed I desired. It was a great way to learn how to freeze action or control depth of field. Unfortunately the between the lens shutter resulted in the demise of a great camera Mfg. PS: Still have the camera (serial # M1891) It still takes great pictures! Bob

Bob Metz

Back in 1955, I purchased a Contax D with a 58mm f/2.0 preset Zeiss Jena Biotar, my first modern camera. Before then, I had been using an old Ansco Speedex Special 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 roll-film camera for 6 years.

Although I have used various cameras from Minox sub-miniature format up to, and including,4x5 Speed Graphics and an old Studio Graphic View II (as well as Leica IIIg and M3, Rollei 3.5E, Norita 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 SLR, etc), and now include digital cameras in my arsenal, I still go back to the old Contax D.

I also bought, at the time I bought the Contax D, a Norwood Director meter at Oldens in NYC, and, over the years, I updated the meter with the Sekonic versions.

I decided to write because of your recent article about the Contax S and Biotar lens in Pop Photo, to let you know that, sometimes, the old camera/lens/meter outfits are still useful and productive..



Dear Mr. Keppler, I first met you via a book evaluating 35MM cameras while I was a young 2/Lt serving in England around 1958. As I recall you had a strong recommendation for the Kodak Retina IIIC which was my first quality camera. I have continually followed your comments, advice, and opinions ever since. Do you still recommend tearing lens paper in half; matching the frayed edges and forming a round tool about the size of a cigarette and breathing on the lens when cleaning? Thank you for your guidance on everything photographic. Warm Regards, Bob

Gilbert James

Thanks for your reflections on the better products of the past. Not only did they perform well, they were educationally beneficial, and inspiring. Repairable in their day and many reliable today. I too, have several slide rules, that I won't part with either. All of my Zeiss Ikon products still look good, one camera is 54 years old, feel good and work extremely well.

My 45 year old Gossen is no longer repairable because they do not have any more cases for it. The technician told me that they don't fail, the meter just needs to be cleaned.

Which one of today's $8000.00 digital wonders will be repairable 40 years from now or 4 months from now?

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