Show & Tell

When enthusiasts of arcane pursuits get together, time is easily forgotten.

This happened to me a week ago. I met another photography gearhead for lunch and in a blink of an eye, an entire hour disappeared.

We are both cut from similar cloth. Both from middle-Illinois and alumni the same university. We also admire all things related to photography. Even our names are the same.

Steve’s obsession with equipment goes far beyond mine. I’m an aficionado from afar but he is a determined buyer and seller. At any given time, there’s a massive inventory of gear in his possession.

Steve doesn’t trade in pedestrian stuff. His eye for the rare and crave-worthy is remarkable.

Case in point is his vintage Contax. This defunct brand was desired by connoisseurs and fanatics. Ask me about my former Contax system and you can decide for yourself if I was one or the other or both.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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