Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: November 26 @ 9:28am
Today, on Thanksgiving, I'm thankful that my wife's late father was into photography.

When I started dating the woman that is now my wife, her father was already inaccessible, in the late stages of a rare disorder that would take him during our last year in college. I never really got to meet the man who would have been my father-in-law.

He did, however, leave behind a wealth of well-kept camera gear largely from the 1960s. My wife used his old 1967 Nikon F in college, and eventually gave it to me as my wedding present in 2004. She knew I was taking an interest in photography and taught me to use her father's camera.

Today, while digging around my mother-in-law's garage for a prop to use in tomorrow's photo, I stumbled upon a gold mine. An early 60's Mamiya C3 TLR medium format camera. It's in almost perfect shape, and included a pistol grip, mirror finder, hood, yellow filter, and UV filter. For this shot I put the mirror finder on in place of the waist-level finder and attached the hood and grip. Everything seems to work just fine, and I plan to run a test roll through when I get home on Sunday.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!


Ploafmaster says:
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Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 9:28am -
Shotgun Willie says:
that is a sweet camera! i love Mamiya's TLR's
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 9:36am -
mims attack says:
woah man, nice score.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 10:09am -
folliclejuju says:
sweet camera! sweeter wife! sounds like her father was an amazing fellow full of creativity. how many kids do ya'll have? they will undoubtedly be chocked full of your maternal and paternal family influence of amazing creativity!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 10:21am -
Ploafmaster says:
@filliclejuju : No kids yet, but I'll be teaching them to use cameras before they're in school!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 10:30am -
jnonfiction says:
Cameras are like gold nuggets around here.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 10:38am -
Philly says:
Happy Thanksgiving and nice camera!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 10:56am -
flainez says:
What a beautiful camera!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 11:06am -
JamesC says:
i used to have a c220. beautiful cameras.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 11:12am -
Ula O cealleigh says:
oh this is magic!!! great find!! cant wait till you use it!!

cameras make great photos!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 12:18pm -
Dj says:
nice mamiya. this photo makes me miss my rolleiflex :(
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 12:39pm -
Phil says:
awesome find and beautiful shot, man. Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 5:14pm -
Furricane says:
wow. jealous.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 6:21pm -
Grown Unknown says:
What a great find. My grandfather was into photography and I reclaimed a lot of negatives from the 30s and 40s when I was back at the family homestead a few years ago... these kind of acquisitions are really nice.

Enjoy the camera!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 7:26pm -
ThatGuy says:
Nice story. Happy Thanksgiving.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 9:46pm -
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