by J. Ramón Palacios
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first Nikon ...
all of the sudden, Japan, until then the country of the cheap
bad copies, under the reconstruction of my General McArthur had
discovered professor Demming, quality control grand guru (to whom
no one had paid any attention in his own country) and jumped into
the international market with an impressive oriental beauty: the
Nikon F first and soon later the Nikkormat (Nikomat inside
Japan). One of them was ....... mine.
FS - Nippon Kogaku K.K. - 1965, Tokyo, Japan
magistrate, mi revered father, could not be left behind
in this technology race, with sacrifices or not -we never
knew- he made himself the happy owner of a Nikon F Photomic,
the first professional camera with a reliable exposure meter
integrated in the pentaprism. An extraordinary innovation,
although it never won over us in the delicious guess of
the precise exposure for the high contrast brightly lit
and dark scenes and the backlights.
must have loved it very deeply because to his first-born,
'the hope of the family' (me, 'moi') he only allowed for
one touch and one twist of its lens, once, at the time of
stating very solemnly: "This camera is not ours, ...
it is mine". And so it became the first camera from
him that I respected. Of course, after I appropriated
all of his German lenses and a extraordinary French beauty:
an Angenieux 35mm f/2.5, for my Exaktas.
home maybe there were not many luxuries, but no scarcity either;
and if there ever was, we never knew about it or felt it; there
was always enough for books, good food, good clothing and quality
cameras and film, in that order; "everything else is accessory".