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Minolta AL-F rangefinder camera by FallisPhoto
Minolta AL-F rangefinder camera
This is a Minolta AL-F rangefinder. It is a shutter priority autoexposing rangefinder. The guy who I bought it from said the shutter was performing erratically. Well, I took the battery out and realized he was only getting intermittent battery contact because he had put the battery in upside down and when he screwed the battery cover down, it mashed the battery spring flat. I took the battery out, used a dental pick to pull the battery spring back up into position, put a fresh battery into it and it works fine now. It is pretty rare that the fix is this easy.
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Argus C3 by FallisPhoto
Argus C3
This is a standard model Argus C3 rangefinder camera that I have restored cosmetically and functionally. Everything works as it should and I have replaced the old leather (which had shrunken and was peeling) with red and black leatherette. I also replaced the yellow window in the viewfinder, repainted the parts that needed it, and I cleaned, lubed and adjusted it.
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Red Ciro Flex TLR by FallisPhoto
Red Ciro Flex TLR
This is a Cirof Flex model E that I did up in red leatherette. It has been restored, cleaned, lubed and adjusted for accuracy. Unlike all but a bare handful of cameras, Ciro Flexes are made of steel. Since they were made quite a few decades ago, in your grandfather's time, that means nearly all of them are rusty. It can get pretty bad and my first Ciro Flex was made from the parts of three cameras. This one has had all the rust removed and was repainted. They came with a crappy black leatherette that was made out of embossed paper, coated in plastic, like a playing card. It looked pretty bad. Now it has a good cellulose leatherette that is waterproof and wear resistant. It has Ciro's top-of-the-line Rapax shutter and Wollensack's anastigmat lens (a Cooke triplet design with three lens elements). Wollensack is still around, but they don't make cameras anymore and now it is called Bosch and Lomb. Anastigmat lenses are corrected to reduce blurring n the corners of a photo. It has a ground glass viewing screen and it uses commonly available 120 roll film to produce 6x6 cm negatives.
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My birthday is on August 26. This year, about four days before that, my mother died. Just to put the cherry on top of that particular piece of steaming crap, two days after my birthday, I was in the garage, working on a camera, and decided to come in for a cola. As I stood there, about to turn the door knob and come in, I seemed to notice something in my peripheral vision and I turned my head up and to the left to look at it. Well, it seemed like the whole world started jerking around side to side. I waited for it to pass, when suddenly everything went black and I collapsed. I woke up sometime later, couldn't stand up and just lay there for awhile. Finally, I managed to get to my feet and get upstairs. I was wearing a bathrobe at the time and got dressed. Then I staggered across the hall and asked my father if he could drive me to the hospital. Well, I got there and, after a short wait, I saw a doctor. He asked me what happened, I was explaining it to him and finally reached the point: "... and so I looked up and to the left, like this, and... Oh hell, here we go again." He jumped back and yelled "This guy's seizing!" Next thing I knew there were two guys holding me down. Apparently I was having some kind of seizure. Everything kind of went away for a while. I don't remember any of it. I am told though, that someone said something to me about how my life depended on a little thing they had stuck in my arm and, jokingly, threated to pull it out. That didn't have the effect he wanted. Apparently I took it seriously and I am an Asatruar, so I gave him a look he describes as "very scary," spit on him, pulled it out myself, and threw it at him. I don't remember that though. I remember that I woke up in a hospital bed, where I spent the next two weeks. I am told I had four strokes and the last one culminated in a thirty-minute seizure that very nearly killed me. Some fool of a neurologist asked me if I'd like to see them. I dodn't know what the hell he was talking about, but said I would. He showed me a computer screen, showing my brain with four little white dots in it. "See," he said, "when you see how little they are, it doesn't seem so scary, does it?" "Sure it does," I replied, "because I am more than six years old and I am intelligent." Well, that's what I have been up to for the last two months. Mostly I've been taking about a dozen pills a day and trying to adjust to the "out-of-it" feeling they give me.

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FallisPhoto
Charles S. Fallis
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United States
Current Residence: darkroom
Favourite photographer: Jerry Uelsmann and J.K Potter
Favourite style of art: surreal nudes (darkroom manipulations)
Personal Quote: "Great photos are created, not captured." -- Ansel Adams
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My birthday is on August 26. This year, about four days before that, my mother died. Just to put the cherry on top of that particular piece of steaming crap, two days after my birthday, I was in the garage, working on a camera, and decided to come in for a cola. As I stood there, about to turn the door knob and come in, I seemed to notice something in my peripheral vision and I turned my head up and to the left to look at it. Well, it seemed like the whole world started jerking around side to side. I waited for it to pass, when suddenly everything went black and I collapsed. I woke up sometime later, couldn't stand up and just lay there for awhile. Finally, I managed to get to my feet and get upstairs. I was wearing a bathrobe at the time and got dressed. Then I staggered across the hall and asked my father if he could drive me to the hospital. Well, I got there and, after a short wait, I saw a doctor. He asked me what happened, I was explaining it to him and finally reached the point: "... and so I looked up and to the left, like this, and... Oh hell, here we go again." He jumped back and yelled "This guy's seizing!" Next thing I knew there were two guys holding me down. Apparently I was having some kind of seizure. Everything kind of went away for a while. I don't remember any of it. I am told though, that someone said something to me about how my life depended on a little thing they had stuck in my arm and, jokingly, threated to pull it out. That didn't have the effect he wanted. Apparently I took it seriously and I am an Asatruar, so I gave him a look he describes as "very scary," spit on him, pulled it out myself, and threw it at him. I don't remember that though. I remember that I woke up in a hospital bed, where I spent the next two weeks. I am told I had four strokes and the last one culminated in a thirty-minute seizure that very nearly killed me. Some fool of a neurologist asked me if I'd like to see them. I dodn't know what the hell he was talking about, but said I would. He showed me a computer screen, showing my brain with four little white dots in it. "See," he said, "when you see how little they are, it doesn't seem so scary, does it?" "Sure it does," I replied, "because I am more than six years old and I am intelligent." Well, that's what I have been up to for the last two months. Mostly I've been taking about a dozen pills a day and trying to adjust to the "out-of-it" feeling they give me.

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Uncle-Scratchy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello,

I've been on dA for a long time and used to frequent the photography forum regularly. After being gone for a while I logged in tonight and decided to check out the forum again to see if anyone familiar still posts.

I was delighted to see you are still active, and as kind and informative as ever! Thank you for being such a positive influence here and helping so many people over the years.

Take care, and healthy regards.

- Luke
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Thank you and it is good to see you back again.
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anorexianevrosa Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
I feel very sorry for the death of your mother... Everything is gonna be fine, just don't worry~! Be strong and happy!
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
Thank you, but nothing is going to be fine and being happy is an awfully tall order. Kind of sick too.
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anorexianevrosa Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I know.. What you said now is so correct..
I believe the time will make you forget..
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Edited Aug 26, 2015
Thanks, everyone, but this is about the unhappiest birthday ever. In the last two weeks, my mother died (leukemia), I had four strokes and I had a grand mal seizure that almost killed me.  I'm still recovering from all that, the drugs I have to take make me feel sick and woozy and I won't be able to drive for at least the next six months. My world has pretty much turned to shit.
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Brooklyn47 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday!
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
Thanks, but this is about the unhappiest birthday ever. In the last two weeks, my mother died (leukemia), I had four strokes and I had a grand mal seizure that almost killed me.  I'm still recovering from all that, the drugs I have to take make me feel sick and woozy and I won't be able to drive for at least the next six months. My world has pretty much turned to shit.
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TLO-Photography Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday! 
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
Thanks, but this is about the unhappiest birthday ever. In the last two weeks, my mother died (leukemia), I had four strokes and I had a grand mal seizure that almost killed me.  I'm still recovering from all that, the drugs I have to take make me feel sick and woozy and I won't be able to drive for at least the next six months. My world has pretty much turned to shit.
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