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Thursday, 08 September 2011


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Mike said: "Still, these are cool, I hafta admit."

'Nuff said.


thanks Mike,

The top left images reminded me of all my Biggles books, which the tooth-fairy brought me instead of a shilling when I put my milk teeth under the pillow.

best wishes phil

My first civilian boss after I left the Army had himself been an RAF Photo Interpreter, and had a similar camera to the left hand picture that he kept in his office as a memento. I'm not sure of the exact model but from a Google it would probably have been one of those identified on this web page: http://www.airrecce.co.uk/cameras/raf_ww2_cameras.html

I remember that the focal length was measured in inches and I think it was a large format camera, but that may be my memory playing tricks on me.

The cartoon seems optimistic - handholding such a beast of a camera, particularly in wind rush at above 300 mph may not have resulted in optimal sharpness. Plus flying amid explosions may have induced some jitter, and needed 3rd and 4th hands. I think the cameras in reality were mounted in the aircraft in belly or nose compartments and operated with a Bowden cable. I once did an exercise with the US Marine Corps in which we did a SPIE insertion near Camp Lejeune, and I tried to take a photo with a compact while suspended from a long rope from a Sea Knight helicopter about 500 feet above the ground. It was unusable. Too much camera shake.

The camera in question looks to be one of the Graflex aerial photography cameras of WWII, perhaps based on the K-20 or K-15 or done with some artistic license.

Been there, done that.


(In the link the operator's hood didn't really show the photos real time, of course, the hood was for looking at infra-red or radar images. When on a photo mission the film remained in the camera and the crew didn't know if they had captured the desired images until the film was developed on the ground).

I gotta admit the guys in Image Interpretation didn't look anything like the WAC in the comic...

Thanks for the link, Mike, didn't know such a publication ever existed.

Wait a minute. You say in one post that you're hankering for an A900, and in the next, that you don't like gimmicks? There's an oxymoron if I ever saw one.

The A900's whole problem is that it doesn't have any gimmicks. That's why it's unpopular.


The comic on the right reminds me of my Praktica: the mirror slap was similarly violent and camera would suffice as a weapon.

Linda Lens is my new hero!

pax / worshipful Ctein

What fun those endless comics are too look at.

It's like going down to someone's basement and finding a stash of old comics yellowed with age - except someone kindly put my chair down there too so that I'm sitting comfortably.

I wish I have a bigger view on that right cartoon; good chance the lady is using a Leica to bludgeon the nazi...

Pistogrip showed in the last picture reminded me of my old Zenit camera with Sniper grip...
picture not mine...

Thanks, Mike. Downloaded all 9 issues from Digital
Comic Museum to my iPad and used Comic Zeal Comic
Reader App. to read them. they were a hoot. iPad/Comic
Zeal/DC museum is an unbeatable combination. I must
have over 500 comic on the iPad!
www.projectb.com is an interesting site.

Washburn was ROPED in to keep from falling out!? I sure hope the harness was invented during the war to offer greater comfort and safety for those who had to fly.

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