Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/02/25

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Subject: 40 years on
From: (Alastair Firkin)
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 1997 10:09:43 +1100

"40 years on when afar and asunder, parted are those who are with us today,
when I look back and forgetfully wonder what I was like in my work and my
play. Then it may seem it will often come over me
glimses of notes like the catch of a song.
Visions of boyhood will float them before me 20 and 30 and 40 years on."


>>>>I don't think that 40 years is out of the question.  If my old Minolta
SRT-101(bought second hand in 1969)  wasn't stolen a few years ago I'm sure
that I would still be using it.<<<

I think you misinterpret me. I'm not denigning that "things" will or could
last 40 years, in fact, my SRT 101 bought in 70 is still working and saw
service with my brother-in-law last year. Its just that I cannot think of
anything save my christening spoon that is still in real USE, ie my major
item for a job. One of my great faults is buying things which I plan to use
for "years", spending more than I need to and then being either
disappointed when the thing fails, or disappointed in myself for "wanting"
or "needing" an new version; My 9000 SAAB springs to mind!

Now if a 20 year old buys a 60 year old camera and uses this as his major
piece of equipment, it is not the same thing. Hands up anyone who has
anything still in "daily" use that THEY have been using 40 years. Might
prove an interesting thread. Oh and sorry Marc but you missed the point
too, but I do like the fire in the belly. My geography is fine but thanks
for asking :-)


Alastair Firkin