by J. Ramón Palacios
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increased frequency my meterless Nikkormat FS stayed at home alone,
because I only had then a single lens for her, the least used,
the (for me then) misnamed 'normal' 50mm f/1.4; although it was
great for available light shots.
it took 10 years, this family began to grow too and soon my FS
had a FT2 little sister with an ergonomic and sculptural black
body, integrated exposure meter and hot shoe, and two more Nikkor
lenses: 28mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/2, plus a German 135mm Steinheil
FT2 - Nippon Kogaku K. K. - 1975, Tokyo, Japan
with so formidable arsenal, one good day I took the gadget
bag containing the Exa and the two Exaktas, full with their
lenses, filters, shutter release cords, sunshades, mini
tripods and exposure meter; took it to my father's home
and gave it to him.
asked me nothing.
He said "Thanks", which I did not
understand; I owed thanks to him: at least half of that
equipment was his.
So I asked him "Why thanks?" and he just
answered: ".. for using them for me and for doing it
have never seen them again (and apparently he neither),
but they persist in the memory of the palm of my hands,
the tip of my fingers and in my memory.
time to time and suddenly, my left hand searches for the
shutter of the Exakta, in other camera and where it is