Vintage Cameras as Stress Relief

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  1. WhaleDaughter

    WhaleDaughter No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hi everyone. I'm new to the group and wanted to introduce myself. I self describe myself as an enthusiastic amateur photographer. I started young but was regularly discouraged. Then a few years ago a wrist injury made knitting difficult and painful, so I cast about for something to keep me from climbing the walls and discovered that I could hold a camera. I bought a Canon Rebel SL-1 and that was the first slip down the slope. I fell hard in love with LensBaby, especially with a macro converter because it can really make something mundane into an abstract that really makes the viewer think about what it is they're seeing.

    I also really love collecting vintage cameras and shooting film. I seem to have a knack for finding really great deals at thrift stores and swapmeets and Craigslist. I look for cameras that I'm interested in, more than what "someone else" thinks is valuable. I'm infatuated with the Voigtlander Vitomatic line (I have 2 now). I inherited my grandfather's Canon F-1 (to go along with our shared love of photography). I've put a full list of my cameras (and some of my lenses) in my profile information.

    When I'm not doing photography, I'm a graduate student furiously writing on my doctoral dissertation, I work full time, and I knit (I crocheted my niece a camera for her 3rd birthday :p). Suffice to say, there is quite a bit of stress in my life. Lately I've noticed a dramatic uptic in my acquisition of vintage cameras, and yesterday I realized that I'm using it as a pressure release for the stress in the rest of my life. I'm mostly OK with that (it's better than doing drugs) but it is a bit expensive for the socioeconomic level I currently enjoy so I'm going to try and slow down for a bit. Hopefully having this forum to engage with will be a new (and cheaper) release valve. I hope to start sharing some of my images soon.


     
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    jcdeboever TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Welcome. Better than doing drugs or alcohol. Have fun when you can!
     
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    The Vito's are the best cameras. I have the Vito I, Vito II, Vito B, Vito BL, Vitomatic II and Vito CLR.
     
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    From one vintage junkie to another, welcome! I even knit. :) Please use your deal-finding powers to locate a smoking deal on a Hassy 500 CM kit for me, wouldja? ;)
     
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    Welcome to TPF! We have a lot of film shooters and vintage camera buffs around here, so you're in good company. :)

    Keep posting, and have fun!
     
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    WhaleDaughter No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'll keep my eyes open...
     
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    ZombiesniperJr Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Welcome to the forum. I knit too. I'm looking for a Nikon F. If you get me a good deal on ther F I'll write your dissertation for you. (I have couple unused laying about.)
     
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    Welcome to the site!
     
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    Hi, that's well and good to hear @WhaleDaughter that you focus and choose photography than drugs. I presume you love the arts very much and you are real creative. Welcome to the site! I'm excited to see some of your images soon. I must agree that cameras are a stress reliever.
     
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    Thank you everybody for the kind welcome words.
     

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