Scratching an Old Itch

Many years ago (1978 in fact) I purchased a camera at Colonial Camera on Burlington Avenue in Berwyn, Illinois.  A Konica T4.  A beautiful black baby with a nice, fast 50mm lens and an Autowinder.

For many years this was my one and only camera, and over time I've added parts and pieces (lenses and filters and such) to the camera to enhance its functionality.  And it did what I needed it to do whenever I put it to a task.

A few years back I got lead away from film photography and into Digital.  The funny thing is that digital is so easy, so immediate, I learned more about photography than in all the books I'd read and classes I'd taken, ever.

In the back of my mind, however, lurked my T4.  Unused.  Unloved.  And alone.

One of the things I'd always wanted for the T4, which remained unfulfilled due to the expense involved, was to have a backup camera.  I've always wanted one, and for the longest time I couldn't find one in good shape at a reasonable price. It became an itch I needed to scratch.

I haunted eBay.  Craigslist.  Shopgoodwill.com.  Never found what I was looking for.

The T4 never sold like it should have - could have, had it been handled by a different stateside distributor.  But they were wrapped up with Canon and the Konica stuff was left on its own, and sales suffered for it.  Which makes Konica equipment rather rare and hard to find, today.


I found a camera body and winder on eBay, bought them as a single unit, and waited for them to arrive.

Today they did.  And they are GREAT.  Everything works and functions properly.  Light meter in the camera.  Winder, with fresh AA batteries.  And I am so happy.

My itch has been scratched.  Big time.  And it feels great.

I have more itches to scratch.  But that's another story.

Ndinombethe.  Ubuntu.


HalfAsstic.com said...

I just love it when there are no itches! Well... pressing ones, anyway.
I'm so glad you have all your photography devices in working order, ready to jump into action!

TL Roberts said...

So jealous of that... I had so much fun with my SLR Ricoh.

Big Mark 243 said...

...that is great Lou..! Being such a techie is sure to keep you young and your exploratory nature is sure to lead you to new finds...