Upload & Sell: Off
Some of you will remember me saying I was going to help a lady sell off her departed husbands camera collection... Well I met with her today. Most of the gear was just OK, all his "old" stuff was from the 90's. What was more interesting was the stories she had to tell. She and her husband were 3 countries shy of visiting 200! WOW!!! Anyway, I piled through all the stuff and was telling her what was what and looking up values of items as we went. She could have maybe received $300 for everything (and there was a lot, no single piece was worth more than $40~60, most things were a few dollars). She eventually told me that I reminded her of her husband (he and I have nearly identical hobbies) so she said, "You know what? My son doesn't want any of this stuff. You remind me so much of my departed husband, I think he would have wanted you to have these things." She gave it ALL to me. So, my kit has now added 4 lenses (Tokina 500mm f/8, Vivitar 70-210 and a 2x teleconverter...MF lenses, the Tokina is an AI lens, the Vivitar isn't. Also a 28-70 AF-D and 75-300 AF, both Nikon, now I can play in the AF thread and have a travel kit now). Also I got a monopod that should help with my back and neck. Filters-o-plenty. When Harold passed, he wanted to get into macro work... So I now have a set of Vivitar extension tubes. As far as film goes, I got three bodies. N90, N6006, and the prize, Nikkormat. These all need work, the foams are toast, the batteries are corroded, and there is some sort of oil or grease leaking out from the film door. Not sure what that is about.
As I was walking out the door, thanking her over and over, she said, "Hold on a sec, there is one more thing I would like to give you." We had talked about all their travels and that they had gone hunting for food while on safari. She gave me her husbands first gun, a single shot Winchester 410 shotgun, circa around 1913. Her son (who sounds like a jerk and has estranged himself from the family) didn't want it either. She figured that it would be in good hands with me. I didn't show it when she gave it to me, but I was very emotional with the gift. I loaded it into the car, drove a block, and started crying in the car. Never in my life have I had such a more meaningful gift. There are a few things I might eventually sell or gift, but the rest will be part of my life for a very long time.
Some of the ways she was looking at me and sharing her stories made me feel like she was talking to her husband and to a son she wished she had. I could have stayed and talked with her all day. Her husband was a professional amateur, he had probably 20,000 slides spanning from 1959-2013. I want to look at them all.
So, I will post some pictures of some of the new gear soon. What I think was totally ironic is that the Nikkormat originally came with a 50/1.4 and apparently the lens was damaged while on safari. I have the very same style of lens that is pretty much unusable, but pretty to look at. When I got home, I mounted it to the Nikkormat. Talk about awesome. I have always wanted one and I hope to one day get it working.
What an amazing day. Oh, and I have decided to name my camera. I am naming it in honor of a kindred spirit to all of us here... My camera will be known from know on as Harold.