I have a number of Exakta RTL 1000 cameras, having something of a “thing” for the underdog. Coming across a reference to an Exakta TL 1000 (no “R”), I initially assumed it was a typo, but further investigation showed that indeed there was an Exakta TL 1000 and its sibling the TL 500. Let’s get […]
Author Archives: Bill Watts
I was interested in photography from an early age with my first camera being a V.P. Twin camera bought in Woolworths for 5/- around about 1960/61. Dad brought home an Essex 35 developing tank and a Durst RS35 Newporter enlarger when I was 11 or 12 and I regularly took over the kitchen on dark winter nights to process films and print the results. I still have and use the Essex some 55 years later! Photography has been a lifelong passion, although I never thought I was any good at it and chose to earn my living as a Marine Engineer. I now have film cameras running from Yashicas that use 9.5mm film, running all the way up to 6cm x 9cm medium format cameras, along with one or two digital cameras. It is still a passion!