2008-09-22

Shut in

I've been in bed for the past two days fighting a cold. On Saturday I went and finalized my membership in the darkroom co-op. Afterwards, I went to a camera store downtown to pick up some supplies. The store is in a rather seedy part of town. Or it used to be seedy. I remember back in the late 80s, the neighborhood was nothing but cheap hotels, porno shops, arcades, and pawnshops. I know, because I used to hang out there in my early twenties (tales from my wasted youth). It's been really cleaned up since. In fact, it's a rather pleasant place now, with new shops and restaurants. Some of the old arcades I used to hang out in are still there, but the porno shops are gone.

It was raining pretty heavily. I had an umbrella, but I neglected to use it, for which I'm now paying. I was planning on going to the museum on Sunday so that I can finally use my camera, but no dice. I stayed home and did still lifes when I could get out of bed.

Anyway, this store is supposed to be one of the better ones in town. They've been at the same location since 1959. This was my first time there, and I'm glad I went. They have a huge selection of used equipment. In fact it feels kind of like a museum. I went and got some chemicals, a development tank, and a couple of reels so I can develop film at home. The sales guy I talked to was very helpful. On the way out I spotted a used RZ67. Boy, am I glad I got the Bronica instead. The Mamiya was huge, at least 20% bigger than the GS-1. I was undecided for a long time between the RZ and GS. The deciding factor was the size. Although I like almost everything about the RZ, I also hate schlepping heavy gear. I knew that if I got the RZ it will probably stay home and never get used. After seeing the RZ I knew that it wouldn't have been a wise use of my money.

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