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A film camera resurrection

   Many years ago I bought an half frame Olympus PEN-D film camera which had a very bright – F:1,9 – 32mm lens. I shot a lot of pictures with it, and many were nice ones, because I have a bent for wideangle portraying.

 

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   One day I jumped from an Hercules C119 with this Olympus camera on my hands, shot some pictures, but soon after, the parachute lines went garbled and I began to zip down to the Earth at a sink rate of somewhat 15 mt/sec, so I had no alternative but to stop shooting pictures and try to save my beloved skin.

Twin flying Hercules C119

   In those frantic moments my PEN-D fell from an height of roughly 200 metres. When I touched ground, safely, I asked to other jumpers to search the area with me until we found the camera half stuck in the wet, lush, green, high weeds.

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   With a knife I dug the Olympus out and made a picture of the neat hole with that very same camera. You know what? Days after, after having developed the film, someone wanted to buy it at a premium price, and, regrettely, I did.

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