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|| News Item: Posted 2011-08-31

A Trip Back In Time

By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter Newsletter

Photo by Robert Hanashiro

Photo by Robert Hanashiro

The Pasadena Camera Show, held every month at the Elks Lodge, is like stepping out of Mr. Peabody's WABAC time machine.
It was like taking a spin in Mr. Peabody’s WABAK Machine, dropping me into 1973. Or maybe 1963.

It’s not often I walk into a room these days and at 56, I’m the youngest person within 50 feet. But a couple of Sundays back, that was the case when I went to the Pasadena Camera Show held at the local Elks Lodge.

Growing up in Fresno I used to go to these weekend camera club meet-ups turned swap meets, looking over cameras that my friends and I had seen in the pages of Modern Photography and pondered on by the venerable Herbert Keppler.

Wandering around the rows of tables, yes, even one under a huge stuffed elk’s head, was literally a stroll down memory lane.

There were Sensorexes OM1s, Spotmatics, SRT-101s and Autoreflexes … cameras my friends and I ended up buying and leaning about photography while we were in high school.

Back in the early 70s there were a heck of a lot more camera makers out there than now. Buying a “professional” camera like a Nikon FTN was just a dream for a college kid at Fresno State. Shooting a local high school or college game you’d be more apt to see a Mamiya/Sekor, Miranda or Topcon than a Nikon.

(Trivia: What camera maker had the first 300mm f/2.8? Answer: Topcon!)

These days The Debate is Nikon vs. Canon. Back when I was in high school it was Pentax vs. Konica vs. Minolta vs. Yashica. Truth be known --- I was a Miranda Man. One of the cool features of the old Nikon F bodies was the ability to pop off the prism and shoot low and high angles, something the Miranda’s also had but a lot cheaper.

Motor drives and lenses over 135mm were exotic, gear only the guys at the local paper, the Fresno Bee, had access to.

If you had a friend in the military coming home through Japan or a relative taking a vacation in Hong Kong, you’d save up your pennies working part-time at Taco Bell to get them to buy you real “pro gear”.

My buddy Barry Wong worked all summer before starting fall classes at Fresno State and got a relative to buy him a Nikkormat, 105 and 28. We all had gear envy. Big-time.

Looking over all of those “classic” cameras of years ago brought back a lot great, find memories. Like late night in a Denny’s after Barry rousted me out of a sound sleep because he wanted to shot some time exposures.

And the time I tried to shoot three prep playoff football games in three different stadiums in one night. (The last 2 minutes of a game counts right?)

Or getting a great deal at one of the local photo stores on a used 180mm 2.8 Nikkor…because it was mislabeled as a 135mm.

I think what was really cool about going to the Pasadena show was see a bunch of people that still were interested in analog photography --- FILM! What else explains a group of kids from the Art Institute poring over a table covered with rolls and rolls of 120 film made by companies I’d never heard of. Expired film at that!

(I had to ask, so I approached one of the students --- the expired firm was to be shot in their Holgas of course!)

Yes, going to the camera show brought back a lot of memories. The best memory: How much I love photography.

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Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?

The Sports Shooter Newsletter this month makes sure you are. This issue features a series of stories by some of the top football shooters breaking down a photo of theirs. Rod Mar, David Eulitt, Peter Read Miller, Dan Powers, Carlos Gonzalez and Scott Strazzante all contributed to this cool series.

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Darrell Miho writes about his journey to Japan to document the survivors of the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster and how he is trying to help.

As he prepares to head off to his first Burning Man experience, Rafael Delgado contributes one of our regular features “In The Bag” or in this case, In The Truck. (I am hoping he didn’t include a fur-lined jock and yellow Chuck Taylors that another unnamed Sports Shooter member sports during Burning Man...)

Also we round up some cool things involving Sports Shooter Members in News & Notes.

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Lee Child’s 16th installment of his Jack Reacher series, “The Affair” is currently on my nightstand; next up is the 4th Royal Thai detective novel by John Burdett “The Godfather of Kathmandu”. Heavy listening on iTunes this month is Rosanne Cash’s “The List” a collection of covers she recorded from a list of 100 essential songs given to her by her father Johnny Cash.

As always, special thanks to: Deanna & Emma Hanashiro, Brad Mangin, Grover Sanschagrin, Joe Gosen, Jason Burfield, Jody Grober of Robert Distributors and Jeff Snyder of Adorama.

Thanks this month to contributors: Rod Mar, Peter Read Miller, David Eulitt, Scott Strazzante, Dan Powers, Carlos Gonzalez, Darrell Miho, Rafael Delgado and Matt Brown.

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