New Toys!

I am happy as a kid, because I just got me some new toys! One of them being a SLR Minolta X-700, plus Vivitar Series 1 24-70 mm / 3.8-4.8 and Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm 2.8-4.0. The owner sold it to me for less that 40€ (so very very grateful for that). Right now I’m just trying to figure everything out and will soon head out to shoot that first roll of film. It is a beautiful camera and very nice to handle.

Thought I was ready to up my game in film photography, since I wasn’t really getting anywhere new with my ‘point and shoot’ Ricoh TF-900. It was starting to become an aimless enterprise. The X700 will definitely help me understand a lot more about photography and its ulterior mechanisms. And since you can’t just release the shutter (well actually you can, but that’ll come at a cost) I will have to sit down and LEARN. It was one of the last cameras without autofocus, so I’ll have to adjust that manually from now on.

I’ll be sharing the lessons learned, the fatal mistakes made and of course the successes!

The second thing: A mountainbike! Working a summerjob in Hamburg and having to cycle at least 30k on a daily basis, I figured it would be nice to invest in something better than my old Holland bike. I once took that old thing to the city, but it sure isn’t used to the ridiculously bumpy bikeways of Hamburg and nearly broke down. Say hello to Mrs. Kuwahara Cougar, fresh from the 90’s. The first 300k were already worth the money!

Funny coincidence that both the camera and the bike are 1) older than me and 2) designed and manufactured in Japan. Seriously, at times I feel like a Hipster in denial. But I guess it’s just where cupid’s arrow lands…

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