|At the first opportunity I purchased this wonderful Nikon Nikkormat at the Navy Exchange and said goodbye to the Praktica SLR that I had bought in the late 1960s|
This camera accompanied me during my Navy days, from the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, across the US well into the 1980s when I retired it for a more "modern" Nikon SLR
It was built like a tank, it had a mercury battery for the light meter (which is no longer available) but since it is entirely mechanical, it could operate without the battery. This camera was used by many of the photojournalists during the Vietnam War. It was as good as the Nikon but without removable prism
Almost all the photos that I have been posting for my Daily Analog Photo theme were taken with this camera
|A much skinnier version of myself on the flight deck of the "Bonnie Dick"|
Just recently I learned from a Wikipedia entry that we docked in Da Nang harbour to demonstrate the alleged pacification of the region. I'm reasonably sure that this was taken on that day. I remember that they fired a missile into the water to keep small boats from getting too close. They never told us where we were and there was no GPS to help.