Making friends

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The other day I was talking to my dad about how much I liked the look of the Fujifilm X100S, and how I had heard such good things about it, too. He didn’t respond much, and the conversation turned to other things.

A couple of days later he showed up with his old Leica M8. A much better camera than the Fujifilm he said, and I could have it if I managed to make friends with it. If it ended up collecting dust on my shelf, he would want it back.

— If this sounds like a strange way of putting it, there is a logical explanation: The Norwegian word for “camera” is kamera, only one letter away from kamerat, meaning “friend” or “buddy”.

We didn’t immediately click, the Leica and I, but after a few times out I began to get used to the viewfinder and focus, and I think we are on the way to becoming fast friends.

Have you made any new camera-friends yet?

All the best from Jenny Graver.


  1. I also have one of my Dad’s cameras, although it’s broken. I’ve tried to get it fixed but no luck so far. How special to be able to look through the same viewfinder he did, and to share that together.

  2. may it be the start of a beautiful friendship!

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