Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2013/02/07

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Subject: [Leica] a nice gift at a sad time
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 06:59:25 +0100
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I look forward to seeing the results!

Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain


On Feb 4, 2013, at 11:43 PM, Ruben Bl?del 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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