A Brief Personal History
I've always had a desire to learn new and creative
things. Longer ago than I care to remember, I earned a BA degree
in creative design and advertising, and an MBA from a prestigious
program. Also many years ago, I spent a considerable amount of time
coaching soccer and was a certified FIFA soccer referee. It was
my knees that decided they were finally too old to continue, even
if the rest of me was willing.
My business life was often hectic. After more than 40 years in the
advertising and publishing industry, I'm finally pursuing personal
projects that let me enjoy what I do, at my own pace. But I still
always find balance by spending my favorite times with my
family and friends.
My sons are all great young men (obviously a glowing tribute
to their mother), and my spectacular grandchildren are more
precious than you can imagine. I also have a beautiful wife who
has put up with me for almost 42 years (a miracle of tolerance
I guarantee you I do not question)!
Yes, that's really me!
About This Site
My first new camera was a Mamiya 1000 DTL,
purchased in 1968 (I still have it and it still works). I've
been collecting Mamiya cameras for a long time. They are often overlooked
as interesting photographic equipment, and I was surprised at how
little information was available about the 35mm portion of Mamiya's
history. Not even Mamiya itself said anything about their 35mm heritage,
apparently preferring not to detract from the marketing efforts
for their mid-size professional film and digital brands.
However, I've gathered a lot of Mamiya 35mm data myself over the
years and decided to make my information available to everyone.
This web site has been a long creative learning experience for me,
and I certainly hope it has become an information forum to each
Gentle Reader for what I think are some truly neat old cameras!
Few people realize Nikon's Nikkorex F camera, featuring the
first Copal S vertical-travel metal focal-plane shutter, was actually
produced for Nikon by Mamiya. Equally obscure is the fact
other well-known and well-respected cameras, like the Rollei
35, used lenses (Rolleinar) that were actually made
for them by Mamiya!
I know full well they made some "clunkers" along
the way, but Mamiya also introduced many new features to 35mm photography.
They were in the forefront of SLR design (see
Mamiya Prismat prototypes); had the
first production 35mm camera with a removable back (Mamiya Magazine
35, c.1957); the first dual metering system (Mamiya 500 DTL,
c.1968); and unquestionably the most technologically advanced 35mm
SLR of its day (Mamiya Auto XTL, c.1971).
Mamiya Digital Imaging Company still produces one
of the most extraordinary medium-format digital cameras!
Other Things About Me
I've been fortunate to have done a lot of traveling
over the years. I've been from Maine to California and Seattle to
Miami (although I have to admit I've never seen the Grand Canyon).
My wife and I spent weeks in Germany, Austria and Hungary, and made
brief stops in Ireland and Amsterdam. We've been to Venice, Naples,
Rome and Florence in Italy; Athens and Santorini in Greece; Eze,
Paris and Nice in France; Barcelona in Spain; and Dubrovnik, Gruda
and Cavtat in Croatia. We've also been lucky enough to have spent
several weeks in both Japan and The People's Republic of China.
And as wonderful as all that sounds (and I do realize
exactly how fortunate and blessed we have been) there's still
no place like home!
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