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World Rotational Beatermat Idea question thread

FE Fan

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FE Fan Registered since 18th Oct 2004
Sat 03-Nov-07 01:35 PM | edited Tue 02-Dec-08 06:19 AM by James23p

OK fellow Prongsters, here's an idea for a MF forum activity that most everyone should be able to get into...

As I mentioned in another post, I recently won an oBoy auction for yet another Nikkormat FTN. I wanted the 50/2 H attached to it, and got it for a fair price ($23.50). In essence, I got the body for free.

The early chrome FTN arrived the other day and, at first glance, it seems to be in pretty good working order. (Cosmetically it looks like rolled around in the back to a cement truck for a while.)

Since I already have a pretty good chrome FTN, I got to thinking about what to do with the new arrival. I went through various Dr. Frankenmat schemes, like swapping the black covers from Beatermat 1.0 onto this body (assuming the meter on this one is better). Then I thought about giving it away, perhaps to a young photographer.

Then this idea hit me: Could we do a Prongster rotation with the camera? It could work like this:

- We would send it from one Prongster to another.

- Each person can keep it for as long as they like (within reason, let's say about a month at the outside).

- The lucky recipient uses his/her lenses (must have the prong, unless you want to do stop down or guesstimate metering) and shoots some film with it. They can shoot a complete roll (or several) and pass it along either loaded or empty.

We would develop the film (either develop your own, or arrange for the development of any partially exposed rolls with the next person in line to receive the camera).

We could then post our pictures (if possible) and experiences with the camera in an anchored thread here. I'd love to see how far we could get this camera to travel. Could we get it around the world?

When we are all done, we find a deserving young (or not so young) photographer and make it a gift to them.

So what do you think? Is any one interested?

Your only responsibilities would be:

- Pay for film and processing (I can help out with processing traditional BW, since that can get expensive at a lab)

- Share your experiences here on the forum and post some of your shots (if possible)

- Pack and ship the camera to the next Prongster in line

- Have fun!

So what do you think? Is anyone interested in the World Rotational Beatermat Challenge?

Bart
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