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Subject: [Leica] a nice gift at a sad time
From: ruben at (Ruben Blædel)
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:37:23 +0100
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Thank you very much Jacky
On 06-02-2013 02:03, Jacky aus wrote:
> Dear Ruben,
> Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful life experience with us in
> the love of family plus the legendary history of Leica. I appreciate very
> much how your father in law wishes to extend the memory and value of all
> those days as captured and cherished through the unique camera like Leica.
> Nowadays, in the digital age for young generations, it is out of
> imagination and tradition how those pictures are stored on a plastic film
> rather than in chips.
> I reckon when you hold up the Classic film leica next time and take the
> family photo once again, you would have new and innovative insight in
> taking the photos for great moments of family life and history in 
> enjoyment.
> I pray and wish that your father in law is well blessed in God grace and
> his wonderful dream with leica and family together continues from
> generation to generation. I am not sure whether nowadays digital leica can
> last that long similarly with classic leica. I am wondering what I would do
> next for the treasure of my leica stuff when time comes.
> May God bless you and family.
> Cheers,
> Jacky
> On 5 February 2013 09:43, Ruben Bl?del <ruben at> wrote:
>> My father in law is 88 years old and has worked as a doctor almost all his
>> life in developing countries in Africa.
>> Before he was stationed in Ethiopia in the late 1950ties and just a few
>> months after my wife was born he bought a Leica M3 with a Summicron 50 mm
>> 2.0 with near field specs and a Leica meter. That Leica followed him to
>> Ethiopia and later to Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. It was serviced at Leica
>> a couple of times due to fungi and other "illnesses" from being in the
>> humidity of the tropics but is in really good condition. All pictures of 
>> my
>> wife and her brothers growing up in Africa was shot with that wonderful
>> camera.
>> This weekend I visited my father in law together with my wife and my two
>> daughters
>> We had not seen him for a 5 weeks since as he needed peace trying to
>> recover from two cancer operations.
>> He was very weak but insisted on sitting with us for a cup of tea.
>> I lost my father last year so I know what is going trough my wifes and
>> children's heads - all the questions they would like to ask - the fear of
>> loosing him etc.
>> It was tough trying not to show him how worried we all are.
>> He is due for another surgery Thursday and the odds are not to good
>> At the end of our visit he need to rest but just before we left he called
>> me and asked me if I would go into his study and fetch a box on his desk
>> I had no idea  what was going on, but i did bring the box to him, and he
>> opened it and asked me If I would like to have his Leica because he 
>> thought
>> that I would be the one that could bring it to good use.
>> I was very proud and honored - and yet very sad because it felt like by
>> accepting this great gift from him, I also realized  that it might be his
>> way of saying that he would not be around for much longer - I guess 
>> doctors
>> have a way of knowing these kind of things.
>> I feel the best way I can show my gratitude is by bringing it to good use
>> and shoot some beautiful pictures - I have not used analog for a while - 
>> at
>> work I no longer use slides but a Canon 5d 3 with - but I still have some
>> rolls of Efke B&W 25 ISO film - I actually look forward to use analog 
>> again
>> and especially with the close focus ability of the 50 summicron.
>> It might not be right away - but I will post a link when I get some film
>> through the old M3
>> Have a lovely evening
>> Ruben
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