I\’ve felt like looking for one of these handles lately. In other news, I had a road trip recently to help a friend look at camera equipment but ironically neither of us came back with any shots. I did bring home a burgundy Domke bag that looks like an old model F2. An interesting tidbit is that I can\’t find that Domke ever made a burgundy F2 plus it has the Domke name stiched on the front flap rather than the sides. It\’s floppy canvas with 2 latches in front, not nearly as heavy duty as my J3 in ballistic nylon canvas. The Domke J3 is a bag that is easy to fall in love with, even if it is far from perfect for daily use. It\’s one of those quality made items that you like to own. I don\’t think it\’s that way with the newest old bag. I\’d say it was a knockoff if it wasn\’t so old that it even had box ends from Ektachrome in it. For doing the driving and helping with the trip, I was gifted an exceptional rangefinder, a Canonet QL17 with a F1.7 lens on it. Really nice camera with a sweet quiet click to the Copal shutter. These cameras had leaf shutters in the lens and you most likely wouldn\’t even hear it firing from across the room, sort of a Bizarro-5D2. Now this is a camera that you enjoy just holding in your hands and looking at, compact and very solid like it was milled from a solid piece of metal. I\’ll experiment with some lighting and try to make a portrait of it for next week. And now we find ourselves saying a sentence that would once have been impossible to utter: Where can we get film developed?
"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose.
That is not a weakness, that is life."
Star Trek Next Generation