When Jamie Roo Calls

Jamie holds the diminutive Pentax Auto 110 today.
Jamie holds the diminutive Pentax Auto 110 today.

My long-time friend Jamie, her husband Ian, and a close friend of theirs came by today. Jamie had acquired a bag of photo gear about which she knew very little, and she wanted me to check it out. Afterwards, we gathered some weapons and went to the pond to shoot for a while, and we all had a great time.

I mention this not only because it had been a long time since I saw Jamie and her ilk, but also because one of the cameras she had was one I hadn’t seen in at least 20 years, the Pentax Auto 110 SLR. This tiny camera was the only one of its kind ever made, and while not a success, it represented and interesting precursor to today’s ultra-compact digital cameras and phones.

It was great to see Jamie again. As she was leaving, she threw her arms around me and said, “You give the best hugs.”

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