[rollei_list] Re: Leica and Contax

Roger,

He must have had quite a collection of those cameras to have the sale
finance a wedding!

Jerry

"Roger M. Wiser" wrote:

> I am not too familiar with the Canon or Nikon rf's but the used ones now
> appear to be very costly  Maybe you should have held off selling them,
> however, that may have upset your marriage plans.
>
> Roger
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <TrueBadger@xxxxxxx>
> To: <rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2005 3:12 PM
> Subject: [rollei_list] Re: Leica and Contax
>
> >I find it curious that in this lengthy discussion of rangefinder cameras
> >that
> > there was no commentary on the fact that the first Nikons were copies of
> > the
> > contax, and that the first Canons were copies of the Leica III series.  I
> > suppose this is too well known to merit comment.
> > I was stationed in Korea in 1954-55, and thousands of both nilons and
> > canons
> > were sold to GI's thru the PX system, somewhat before either was that well
> > established with distribution in the US proper.
> >
> > I bought a Contax IIIa in the post exchange ($187.50 as I recall, with
> > case
> > and a 50 mm sonnar.)  It was a great camera, but accessory lenses never
> > showed
> > up in the Px, so I wound up selling it and coming back with two Canon
> > IVs2's
> > with normal lenses and a wide angle and a 90mm.  The PX price on the Canon
> > with
> > a normal lens and case was $105.00.
> >
> > I never got a lot of use out of the canons, because I sold them about two
> > years later so I could afford to get married.  It was a case where my
> > youthful
> > photographic aspirations had overshot my equally youthful financial
> > reserves,
> > which were basically zero.  After that I did not have a camera for about
> > three
> > years, when someone sold me a pristine M3 double-stroke for $150.00, a
> > camera I
> > still have.
> >
> > I don't think Leica ever showed up in PX's, although there may have been a
> > few that got snapped up before I ever saw them.
> >
> >
> > G, King
> >
> >
> >
> >


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