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Thriftin’ Report: Weird Ko-Inkydinks

So yesterday I did a round of thrifting, and came up dry. So I went to the Press Room to work on an annoying sticky typebar on an SM-8, only to get a Typosphere Bat-Signal from Key Snap about a Lettera 25 he had just found at Deseret. I had been there only a couple hours earlier, so it must’ve just got put out on the floor. Erik held onto it while I drove down to claim it.

Ko-Inkydink #1: This Lettera 25 had a couple of busted keytops. No matter, I have an entire Lettera 35 powerplant in great condition just needing a shell to live in. Thus is born TwOlivetti #2: The Lettera 35/25!

IMAG1305 Thriftin Report: Weird Ko InkydinksKo-Inkydink #2: After I laid claim to the L25, I took another tour of the store to see what else new had just been put out. I found this nifty art decoish desk fan for $5:

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I have it apart now to re-lube the bearings. It works pretty good and is in nice shape. no dings on the fan blades, and they’re actually pretty well aligned.
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…And there’s the Ko-Inkydink, which I didn’t notice until I got the thing out to the truck. Yup, it’s a Western Auto, and the logo matches one I thought only existed in the 1980′s. Well, there goes my theory. This fan was most certainly not produced in the 80′s.

Golden Suitcases, Tingling Bones and I’ve got it real bad, don’t I?

I’d just visited the closest Goodwill a couple of days ago and something bugged me about a thing I saw there, so I had to go back. You see, I’d seen a large gold-colored metal suitcase locked up in the glass “good stuff” case and asked the clerk what it was. “Some kinda band instrument” was the reply, and I passed on making her pull it out and open it. That was a mistake.

See, it gnawed at me, and the more I thought about it, the more it looked like one of those metal suitcases that photographers stored their really good lenses in. I had to go back, not really expecting it to still be there 2 days later. When I went in, it was *an entirely different* gold case that caught my eye, one instantly recognizable gold tweed suitcase that says “1950′s Smith-Corona”. And indeed, that’s what it was:

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Types good, no stickiness, even had a good ribbon – but badly water-damaged in the back and missing the right platen knob. Not worth the $30 they wanted in that condition.

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So I give the Silent a pass and move on to the glass case, where the curious *other* gold suitcase still awaited. This time I got the clerk to clear a path and haul the thing out so I could see for myself.

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Imagine my surprise and delight:

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A healthy mix of Nikon lenses and filters and stuff that appears to date from the 60′s-70′s. The lenses are pre-auto-anything, fully manual ones, complete with ring-set F-stops.  Very exciting. This is the big, heavy, all-metal, fully manual type of glass that I remember from my High School Newspaper and Yearbook days in the early 80′s. I took a risk going for Nikon F-mount lenses, but I’d just read Streamlines Deluxe’s post where he has fun with an M42-mount lens mounted via adapter to his Canon D50, and I felt it was worth the gamble if I could find a Nikon F to Canon EF adapter. Turns out to have been a good gamble – that appears to be an easy conversion requiring a $15 bayonet adapter, and I have one already winging it’s way here.

In the photo above, note the Agfa Lucimeter-S. No, that isn’t a Satan-Detector, it’s a fantastic old light meter in perfect, still working state. There’s a pack of magnification lenses, and a Vivitar 2x Tele converter:

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Vivitar 2X Tele Converter

And here’s the Lucimeter:IMG 0677 Golden Suitcases, Tingling Bones and Ive got it real bad, dont I?

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Nikon E-Series 75-150mm 1:3.5
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Five Star 35-500mm 1:8 super-telephoto and a Vivitar 2X Macro Focusing Teleconverter. Just imagine the magnification on a DSLR – something like 1600mm, if you stack them together?
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This belt-mounter rechargable battery pack for the Nikon flash unit, which I can’t use.

That’s, what – 6 lenses of various kinds in less than a week, all from local thrift stores, and at a price that just one would set me back on eBay. I wonder if my Typewriter Bone works on camera gear now too? :D