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RE: [Rollei] Gotta love EBAY

You are definitely not alone, it does describe me as well.

Not sure that this is the era of lost craftsmanship. Just look at cars -
they are incredibly well made - so are electronics. As far as cameras,
there's nothing terribly wrong with the modern ones, is it? In any case, I
think our Rollei/Leica/Nikon F affliction does trace back to what you've
said about childhood wishes (un)fulfilled.

Nevertheless, it's a bit disturbing that we are so bent on collecting - for


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Subject: 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