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Re: [Rollei] Gotta love EBAY

In a message dated 5/29/2003 2:59:47 PM Eastern Standard Time, jayk   writes:

> At 03:38 PM 5/29/2003 -0400, TrueBadger   wrote:
> But I walked into a local shop, and there it was, about as mint as it could be, sitting in the display case.  I was resolute at first, and walked away, but when it was STILL there, two weeks later, it was simply too much.. I bought it.
> Why does Rollei/Leica have this effect on us (and I assume 
> its true with others on the list) ;-)  ... ??

Freud said something to the effect that the only true happiness is a childhood wish fulfilled.  I think this may be perceptive, because almost all the (20 or so) cameras I own are from the era when I was in High School and could only dream about such costly items.

Also, for me, there is something almost magical about an item that is from that era of craftsmanship that is still pristine and looks like it was taken out of a time capsule.  I buy these items to use, not to put in display cases, but I use them carefully and try to keep them in the same condition I got them.  

I won't pretend it's all rational, but I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in my addiction, and compared to some addictions, it's rather harmless and perhaps even socially acceptable, and if you simply look at it as therapy, it's cheaper than a shrink.

G. King