by J. Ramón Palacios
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I got my college degree, with an adequate salary to my few extravagances
and free of any pressure to contribute to the family income, I
acquired: a 64 Dodge -which captivated no less than three charming
neighbors, maybe because of its 4 doors with no central beam-
an Exakta Varex IIb with a Carl Zeiss Pancolar, a 100mm Enna Ennalyt
and an Omega amplifier.
Varex IIb - Ihagge - Dresden
with the Exa and the two Exaktas, the Varex IIa and the
Varex IIb (and 8 lenses), I shot left and right in Spain,
France, England, Belgium and Holland. Italy and Germany
were spared by a miracle while I recuperated from a terrible
amorous disappointment. That one, no need or reason to narrate
technology helped to alleviate my physical overload, lightening
my heavy gadget bag with a professional movie film that
could produce color prints, black and white prints as
well as slides, both black & white and color. No,
it was not Kodak, it was Ilford first and Agfa later.
love affair with the beauties of the Ihagee House of Dresden
and its sensual and infallible companions, the lenses
of Herr Carl Zeiss, was intense, long and fruitful.
pictures of children, from door to door, had given me a
good additional income while I finished college and my pictures
looked better every day.
mothers adored me for making their creatures look more
beautiful and/or more gracious than they were without
my help; others, simply for giving them the opportunity
to document and treasure the moment.