|Cunning patent leather container. I knew it had to|
hold something interesting.
|Upon opening, quelle surprise!|
Hadn't seen this camera in
at least a decade.
|Dusty but all pieces in order. Needs a battery.|
A barn find is a classic car or motorcycle that is discovered abandoned, usually in derelict condition. The term comes from its tendency to be found in places such as barns.
Under a lifetime of detritus, I discovered a 34-year-old camera, a Rollei 35 TE.
Nothing to do with barns in this case or even dilapidation. This camera works. I know, I had it fixed. The only thing is that the battery that powers the retractable lens has died. I was told to store the camera with the lens out and not retracted. I wonder if this was good advice.
Something interesting about this camera. I tried to give it away a month ago. I wasn't sure where it was in but I knew I had it still and knew that I am not about to revert to single lens reflex, not given the benefits of digital photography. I admit, I have been spoiled.
I met someone at a photography exhibit and in conversation, he said he used strictly analogue equipment. I am forever willing to defer to someone else's collection and since I do not have a classic camera collection, much less using this particular classic camera, I thought I might offer it to the young man. He appeared to be around 30 years old, I think.
He accepted my email address but I never heard from him. Now, at the time, I could not recall the brand name of the camera, could not even describe it. Oh well, I suppose he didn't want any sort of free camera. Pity.