Frugal Dad Files: Dadmobile Edition Part 2, Hemi Charger

Working subtitle: How I bought a Hemi with a functioning car attached.

Here we are with my Part 2 return to vehicular ramblings.

As mentioned in my Part 1 post my Dad hooked me on cars early starting with my love for his Plymouth Road Runner. Dad is mostly a GM man, but this one time early Mopar foray of his may have planted the Mopar seed.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad's Road Runner.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad’s Road Runner.

OK, there was my Mom’s decidedly non-V8 slant 6 Dodge Dart later on, but we are not counting that secondhand burnt orange/brownish “everyone slide up on the count of 3” manual bench front seat, stall on hard left take offs wonder of utilitarian vehicularity. One of my first car designs as a kid was an all-wheel-drive matte black modified 70s Hemi Charger.

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Frugal Dad Files: Dadmobile Edition Part 1, The Crown Vic

More wordy version, the Crown Victoria Interceptor Street Appearance Package.

While the main focus of this blog feed has been photography for a while I tend to dabble in other areas of interest. In the past, I have dabbled in tech, in cataloging Dadisms and Random Neural Firings that resulted in two books being published, and general commentary. For the last few years, everything has gone so bat dung crazy that satire is nearly impossible and stating the blatantly obvious stands as enlightened commentary so cameras it has been. Also dabbled in automotive musings as a result of my being a car nut.

My Dad hooked me on cars early starting with my love for his Plymouth Road Runner.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad's Road Runner.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad’s Road Runner.

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This Old Lens: Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.7

I love a good deal.

3 of 3 C/Y mount posts.

Recently picked up one heck of a deal in a camera. Seems appropriate to find deals when it comes to lenses for it. I typically get three primes when I purchase a film system. A normal. A portrait. A wide. This is the normal. The Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.7.

Why did I buy it?

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Contax 137 MA Quartz Part 3: Photo Update

My first post about the Contax 137 MA Quartz was a leap of faith.

Faith in the Contax name. This is my fourth (35mm) Contax and each has been rock solid.

Faith in KEH.com bargain grade. Have purchased many an item bargain grade from KEH and each has been rock solid.

My second post was about the new covering I put on it. Very happy with that.

Ah. Lenses. Purchased the excellent normal Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm <inhales> f/1.7 with the camera.

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Love DSLRs. But I chose mirrorless because I love film gear more.

A valid response to this blog title is “What?” Allow me to explain. Or try to anyway.

These are interesting times. A lot of virtual ink is spilled debating between mirrorless or DSLR. Most points made miss the point for me really. Sure, I chose mirrorless. But my choice has nothing to do with a dislike for DSLRs. I love DSLRs. But I love film cameras more.

But, but… Battery life… OVF over EVF… Native lens selection… AF speed… Dual card slots… So on and so forth. Meh. Gladly put up with all of this. (And most of these concerns are being eliminated by the most recent wave of mirrorless cameras. An A7iii will be in my future and it may go down as the industry tipping point.) But once again film tech is what changed my mind.

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