First and foremost, I must apologise to Peter Moyse for printing his winning photo back to front on the front cover of the last issue. The error was pointed out to me by Brian Pearce, who had judged the competition - I had inadvertently flipped the trans- parency when putting it in the scanner.
Whilst browsing photographic items on Ebay and at camera fairs, it has come to my notice that for a number of the more numerous popular cameras offered for sale, the asking price for instruction manuals is greater than that for the camera or accessory itself. This can also apply to accessories such as cases and filters.
The question that I ask myself is, if nobody is buying the cameras, who needs an instruction manual. I have also noticed at camera fairs that dealers will often offer items at prices that are way over the top and these items will be on display at camera fair after camera fair, never to be sold. I do not see the point of carrying these items back and forth with very little chance of selling them at such ridiculous prices. They would be better actually making a sale at a lower price.
Another point about camera fairs is that at one fair there may be multiples of one particular item, for example Olympus Trips. If I later think I would like to buy a Trip at the next fair, when I get there, there are none but there are a plethora of, for example, Canon Canonets. I will not then be able to find a Trip for months, by which time I have lost interest. It must be a way of encouraging me to keep my money in my pocket, frustrating though!
With all the rain, there are many unlucky people who have had their homes flooded and they still may be unable to return to their homes. I hope that none of our readers have found themselves in that unfortunate situation. In Bosham, most people have been fortunate to avoid high water levels although on 3rd January, there was a combination of high tide and strong winds which caused the sea to come into the High Street and over the quay.
I took my camera out to take a few photos - Not a Rollei I should add, but my Nikonos underwater camera. The spray thrown up by the wind found its way into every nook and cranny! In the centre left hand photo on page 6, the warning sign that says "Road liable to flood at high tide" is only just visible and half an hour later was totally submerged.
The combination of wind over a high spring tide is a common occurrence in Bosham; houses along the front all have small 'dams' in their gateways to prevent the sea flooding their property.
Front Cover: "Just Fishing" by Anthony Sandles 3 In Passing by David Morgan
4 Bosham - 3rd January 2014 by John Wild
6 The Yashica Challenge by David Morgan
9 Reader's Photos
10 Ice Patterns by John Wild
12 A Classic Rolleiflex with a modern meter by Sven Keller
16 Franke & Heidecke Pre-war Camera Production
18 Your Forum
20 The Development of the Hans Hass ROLLEImarin System by Franz Rothbrust
Rear Cover: Keighley & Worth Valley Railway by Colin Wilson