Lets see, 40 years ago... Oh yeah, I was a member of a photo club in Norfolk, VA, and we got a tour of the new processing lab at the big dealer in town. They were showing off their state-of-the-art Kodak print processor, and we were told to bring along a negative for a free 5x7. It was amazing to watch them do all the corrections on the preview screen, and with no darkroom involved, have a nice warm dry print in my hands a couple minutes later. And this was before inkjet printers.
You're doing a great job there, Graham, much appreciated!
Well--forty years ago ... I was cramming for my final school exams in May, donating blood plasma every fortnight to finance the occasional bender with my classmates. I had precisely one camera back then, an Agfa Optima 200 Sensor, and two pairs of 33/36 bell-bottom jeans...
All in all, I remember the seventies as very exciting times. They were the most formative years of my life in many ways and I love looking back on them...
Edit: I forgot to mention that a couple of months later--40 years ago--the German Attorney General and his driver would be gunned down by terrorists of the Red Army Faction, a block away from my old school, and two blocks away from the department store where I was window-shopping for stereo sets at that moment. As I said, very exciting times...
The 70s were wild times! I remember the shooting of the German Attorney General and his driver - wild and occasionally scary days. I was with B.O.A.C. (now British Airways) but was permanently grounded in 1977 which was when I switched to photography and writing.
I just found this ad in a May 1968 copy of Amateur Photographer; it's for the Electro 35.
A very interesting retail ad from 1979 for the Yashica FR series but what makes this interesting is the image of the lenses: the ML 70-210 f4 is shown in addition to the ML 80-200 and 28-50. Also, all 3 Macro lenses are present. This is the first evidence I've found that the famed ML 70-210 f4 was being sold in the UK (and Europe presumably) in early 1979 alongside the cheaper 80-200.
A 1982 ad for the Yashica FX-D and a wide range of Yashica/Contax cameras, lenses, accessories & novelties.
Sadly I doubt that any of the T-shirts will have survived though I did have one of the Japanese Contax 50th Anniversary ones back in 1982; I now regret giving it away... What is interesting is to note how taste in lenses has changed; the ML 21mm is one of the more expensive to buy these days but the advertisement shows it was originally cheaper than the ML 300 or the ML 80-200. How times, and taste, have changed.
I had the pleasure of buying and renting Contax gear from David Leung in 1978; tragically, a Contax RTS, PMD, 250-Back and 50 1.4 Planar were stolen from my luggage at London Heathrow Airport on my return from photographing Nadia Comaneci in Bucharest. It was bad to have lost the kit but far worse, the film was still in the 250-back and one knew that the thieves would simply rip it out and throw it away...all those irreplaceable shots, gone! I was not a happy bunny!