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Cam Ranh Bay, 1966
Posted By: Flylooper, 06-02-2015, 10:45 AM

I got my very first 35 mm SLR when I went to Vietnam. It was (IIRC) a Nikkormat with a small fixed manual focus lens. I don't even know if it had a light meter in it. But a guy I met aboard ship had one of those really, REALLY cool Asahi Pentax Spotmatic 35's with interchangeable lenses, a cool spot light meter, and, well, I just had to have one! I got one when I got finally home.

I was going over some old negs that were kicking around in in a closet and found this exposure which I made with the Nikkormat. The negative was in pretty bad shape and did my best to clean it up here. The photo itself—especially with that lone destroyer on picket duty—reminded me of the remoteness I felt being 10,000 miles from home.

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06-02-2015, 10:47 AM   #2
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I love it! A very telling image, especially for those of us who have "been there." TFS.


I suppose there are many of us Pentaxians who bought their first Pentax - probably a Spotmatic - when we were over there. I bought mine in '66, in a camera shop in Hong Kong an a R&R stop. At the time, it's through-the-lens metering system was absolute cutting-edge technology! Other than a little P&S Olympus, I've never owned another brand of 35mm camera. I saw no need!

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Definitely a moody pic!

With today's digital wave, how many pics do you expect to survive until 2064?

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