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Recommended reading

💻 If you read this blog, it is likely you consider yourself to be creative. Has your creativity tanked during the challenging times we’ve been living through? Geraldine DeRuiter‘s sure has, but it’s led her to notice the creativity all around her. Read How To Be Creative When Everything Is Bad

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Minolta XG 1, 45mm f/2 MD Rokkor-X, Fujifilm Fujicolor 200, 2017

💻 Do you write? Do you ever feel blocked — the words won’t come? Johanna Rothman‘s perspective is that you’re suffering from fear, uncertainty, and doubt. She gives practical tips to push through. Read Writer’s Block: Don’t Allow Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt Into Your Writing

💻 During the pandemic our grocery bills went through the roof. Then I started shopping at Aldi, and they went right back down again. Nick Gerlich tells Aldi’s story. Read Lebensmitteleinkauf in Amerika

💻 They say it’s either money or sex that makes the world go around. I think rather that it’s investment, the kind we make in each other. Scott Galloway tells a story of a man who invested in him, and how it paid off. Read Cy Cordner

📷 Jerome Carter enjoys vintage Minolta gear. He recently acquired a Minolta SR-3 35mm SLR and put it through its paces. Read VMLP 7: The Minolta SR-3 — The Best Version of the Minolta SR-2?

📷 Countries in the former Communist bloc made film cameras, including some sturdy SLRs. But they never quite made the transition to autofocus. Praktica in East Germany came close, though. Stephen Dowling has the story. Read East Germany’s plans for a space-age autofocus SLR

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14 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    Nice entries on both Minolta and Praktica. Before hopping on the Canikon train because of the studios I worked at; I had a Praktica Super TL. It always felt like it was going to fall apart, but the East German Zeiss lenses were cheap and unbeatable! It took a few years of shooting with the premium Japanese stuff before I started seeing lens quality that matched the old German items.

    I came of age during the Minolta SRT-101 years, just never fell into love with them, but the lenses were considered pretty good, and even today, I have pals that have adapted Minolta lenses to EVF cameras with great results…

    • Fascinating to know that it took that long for the Japanese to catch up to the Germans!

      My Rokkor 50/1.7 was a genuine peach, possibly the best 50 I ever used.

      • Andy Umbo says:

        The CZ Jena Sonnar 180mm f/2.8 was stunningly good, even back in the 70’s, this “East German” version was being adapted to a lot of different cameras, mostly to be shot wide open for sports.

  2. Johanna’s article was good, and I think she covered some of the reasons I don’t/can’t write regularly or personally. What if it’s crap, etc. My biggest writing block is fear of showing my true thoughts and feelings. I’ve always kept a tight hold on them, even in conversation. I have the fear that if I publish my thoughts I’ll open myself up to inquisition by people I know. I admire your ability to write about very personal things. I’ll probably have to stick to photographs . . . .

    • Then don’t write personally. You could write factually instead. Most of your audience is new to Korea, I’m sure; you could write about history or culture or whatever, and it would be plenty interesting!

      • Yes, that’s a possibility, and probably the best thing to do in a blog read by a mixed audience. I was thinking more about my short fiction and poetry, but I didn’t make that clear when I replied. Especially poetry, where most people don’t recognise a difference between author and speaker.

  3. tbm3fan says:

    I’m a big Minolta fan also as I started on a 101 in 1972. Ebay, between 1999-2002, was a gold mine for any camera at very low prices almost give away. I collected all versions of the SR-1, SR-3, and SR-7. The SR-2, even then, rarely showed up and when it did it wasn’t cheap by my standards of $25 or less as the other SRs. Eventually I found one at double my back then limit. However, I also managed to find possibly his Holy Grail in a working selenium meter designed for the 3 back in 2000 and stored in it’s Minolta box and never gave it a second thought till now.

      • tbm3fan says:

        I’m sure you have also noticed that most manual cameras are now body only most times. When I bought them a body only was rare as most all came with their original prime or something close to it. Today, with adapters, everyone and their cousin are after these lenses to mount on their digital SLRs. Not great from our perspective but can understand once you look at the cost of a new lens.

        Yes, $18 is good for an N90 which is what I paid for a N90 and N80 each.

        • Yes, I had noticed. Used to be a great trick to buy a lens and get a body attached for free — you could get the lens that way for far less than the lens by itself. Not easy to do anymore.

  4. Edward Marchesi says:

    Thanks Jim, I’m now expanding my reading of everything Minolta. I been reading Jerome Carter, and subscribed to Earth, Sun, Film. Any more Minolta tips? Ed

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