My Zenit 122B was stolen by a couple of snatchers a year ago, and since then, I contemplated on whether to buy another analog camera at all. When I changed jobs and moved to an Architectural firm, I met the firm’s British Archi student trainee who I built a good rapport with, and I mentioned to him how I lost my camera, he was sympathetic and told me he had an extra German analog camera his uncle gave to him back n England that he never used (he has a very good Canon DSLR). I jokingly told him that I’d put it to good use if he ever wants to get rid of it, but never thought much of it.
When he came back from watching the London Olympic games last year, he brought back button pins, key chains, and chocolates for the staff to eat. Everyone in my team got a key chain (except for me) so when he passed by our area the following day, I asked him where my pasalubong (meaning, the key chain) is. He said, “oh yeah, hold on one sec.” He went back to his station and came back carrying a camera, lightly plopped it on my table, grinned, and said, “Here’s your pasahluh-bong.”
I got a 35mm Pentacon Praktika MTL-3 in pristine condition, a little older than me, but still awesome nonetheless. Unlike my Zenit, it has a built-in light meter, so I have a good idea whether I’m overexposing the film or the opposite. It was the best wedding gift ever. I took it for a test run last year, got the photos developed, and here are some of them.
Oh yeah, I named the camera Owen, after him =)