Troy and Firda Went to a Camera Show

Banff Springs Hotel

While I was brows­ing some online clas­si­fied ads in the Cam­eras and Pho­tos sec­tion some time last week, I saw a post­ing with a scan of a fly­er adver­tis­ing a cam­era show on Sun­day near Toron­to. I asked Troy if he’d like to go despite the $7 admis­sion. He said yes and I got all excit­ed about the prospect of get­ting a bunch of cheap rolls of film and maybe an inex­pen­sive Has­sel­blad for the rest of the week.

Fast for­ward to Sun­day. We left home just a lit­tle after 8 in the morn­ing. For a Sun­day, that was quite an ear­ly start. The door at the cam­era show wouldn’t be open until 10. When we got there, they hadn’t even start­ed sell­ing the tick­ets, but when they did, we were actu­al­ly among the first 10 peo­ple in line. Yes, I know what you’re think­ing. What losers. But we pre­fer the term “cam­era geeks”, thank you very much.

We had to stand in line in front of the door for near­ly half an hour, dur­ing which we got to lis­ten to the BC (before com­put­ers) ver­sus AD (after dig­i­tals) debate among the peo­ple lin­ing up behind us. Good times. Also, while lin­ing up, I com­plete­ly for­got what I was look­ing for at the show. I asked Troy and he said he didn’t know. I decid­ed that we were look­ing for what­ev­er we can get, Face­book-style.

I was expect­ing to see a lot of cheap, crap­py, plas­tic cam­eras on the tables but there weren’t real­ly too many of those around. If you shoot film exclu­sive­ly and you’re obsessed with Leicas, Rolleis and Has­sies, you’d be in heav­en. Me? I like shoot­ing with crap­py plas­tic cam­eras. I felt a lit­tle out of the league there, but I had fun any­way. It was nice to be able to touch cam­eras that I used to only be able to see on eBay pic­tures and not being able to afford.

All the Has­sel­blads we saw cost more than they do on eBay so we didn’t come home with one. Sad lla­ma. But we did come home with a bunch of expired rolls of 120 film, a beau­ti­ful Ricoh Dia­cord L twin lens reflex cam­era we bought from a grumpy, old, Leica shoot­er, and a Lomo Sme­na Sym­bol cam­era that evil Lomog­ra­phy is try­ing to sell for $95 a pop online. We got ours for a measly $5 from a most­ly junk table, which is prob­a­bly what it’s real­ly worth. Take that, Lomog­ra­phy!

Speak­ing of evil Lomog­ra­phy, they’re hav­ing an invite some­one and get $20 in your account dealy-o. I real­ly want a Diana+ cam­era but I want to buy it with THEIR mon­ey con­sid­er­ing they already charge too much for just about any­thing. So, if you’re feel­ing benev­o­lent, please leave a com­ment with your per­mis­sion to send you an invite to Lomog­ra­phy. I’ll get $20 if you sign up and you’ll get $10 (or 10 Euro if you’re in Europe) in your account when you sign up. In addi­tion, you’ll get to see the pret­ty pic­tures I took with it when/if I got the cam­era! Please pret­ty please with whipped cream and a red cher­ry on top? ;) You know you wan­na!

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Ah, go on then, send me an invite. Can you send it to sarah­bar­rie at gmail? I will always sup­port the pur­chase of cam­eras for zero mon­ey!

  2. Like.. stuff I tell web magi­cians:
    “Mak­ing mag­ic. As always. Too bad I’m too tired to read and/or men­tal­ly hos­pi­tal­ized with­out a com­put­er.
    But I’m sure gonna reread all of this site some day. Or just love it.”

  3. Hi Fir­da,
    feel free to send an invite to the e-mail address I’ve entered in the com­ment forum.
    –Jarek

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