My first camera was a Kodak Pony 135. Later, I had friends with a polaroid camera that seemed like magic. I finally bought myself one when I was 48. I have always had an urge to see what made things tick. The inner workings of cameras became an obsession. As an Architect, I took shots on construction sites. Taking film for processing exposed me to shops where many gadgets were displayed. Used cameras were displayed and the temptation was great. So, my collecting started. Camera shows, on-line sales and e-Bay hooked me. I wanted good mechanical cameras and avoided automatic focusing types, so I could learn more about focusing, exposure levels, speeds, and other requirements for good photography. People started giving me items for my camera "grave yard". 8mm movie cameras, old tourist models, and others found their way to my office. My desires got expensive! Leicas, Rolleiflexs, Nikons, Canons, and Hasselblads caught my eye. The only new cameras I bought were a Canon A1 and a small Sony digital model. My collection grew beyond 150, and when I closed my architectural practice in 2013, I realized others might enjoy the collection. The oldest is an 1893 Rochester and one of my favorites is a Leica 111f.
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