slow down

My Exakta VX IIa c 1960 slow speed dial

Toronto. by the early 1930s, the camera industry had settled on a slow shutter speed of 1 second. Anything slower could be taken using “bulb” or “time” settings.

Leitz even offered an accessory called a HEBOO so those who bought a less expensive Leica without the slow speeds could upgrade immediately on purchase of the HEBOO.

An exception to cameras with the 1 second maximum shutter setting was the Kine Exakta which offered both an SLR viewer when rangefinders ruled the minicam world and a slow speed mechanism that offered not one but two choices. The Red numbers gave 1/5 second and 1 to 6 seconds while the Black numbers offered 1/5, 1/2, and 1 to 12 seconds! Like a Leica, these slow speeds relied on a clockwork mechanism.

The dial below the slow speed shutter dial was to set the DIN rating of the chosen film (C was colour slides, NC negative colour). DIN numbers were much lower than the ASA numbers. This was before standardization became common place in photography.

And the post title? It’s from Paul and Art’s 1966 album “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme” which I bought and listened to while lying on my couch in 1818 at Ellerslie Ave, just near where we meet today!

Here is the blurb from the song: “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” is a short and whimsical song by folk music duo Simon and Garfunkel, appearing on their 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. “59th Street Bridge” is the colloquial name of the Queensboro Bridge in New York City. The song’s message is immediately delivered in its opening verse: “Slow down, you move too fast”. The song is soft, melodic, and relaxing, yet uplifting. Paul Simon has in recent times expressed regret at using the word “groovy” in the song.”

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