Monday, January 2, 2012

Old Friends


We can never have too many friends as we make our way through this perilous life. New friends are exciting and offer the challenges of getting to know all about them...casual friends are cool, they are good company and don't require too much commitment...the best friends, though, are old friends...they stay with you through life's ups and downs and when the hard knocks come your way, it's the old friends that stick with you and help you get through. These two old Pentax cameras have been treasured friends for many years. The black bodied Spotmatic (actually a Spotmatic II) was bought in Hong Kong in 1971, while I was on an extended tour of southeast Asia. That's over 40 years ago and this old friend has never let me down...it's been through some hard knocks of it's own but it still works great...like the Timex guy used to say; "It takes a licking and keeps on ticking"! The "ME Super" came along later but it's been with me long enough to be an old friend too! The Spotmatic was the first camera I ever owned that had a built in light meter, which I thought was surely the end-all of camera development. Everything else about her was manual control though and if the battery went dead, all you lost was that fancy meter...you could just keep on shootin'! These old friends have a permanent place in my collection...and (especially the Spotmatic) in my heart...

2 comments:

Paula said...

Seems you would need a whole room for all your camera equipment.

shutterflycutie said...

Boy...the sentiment hits home...sure hate it when time/circumstances take these type of friends away. Glad yours are still with you!