Toronto. In the late 1950s, I volunteered to serve in Labrador on a then new Tropospheric Scatter telephone network joining a few remote towns and mines to the outside world.
While training for the job, I bought my first 35mm camera – a Minolta Rangefinder camera equipped with a leaf shutter and a fixed 5cm f/2 lens. Until I owned a camera made in Japan, I was unaware of the quality build and resolution of Japanese photographic products.
A year or so later, I sold the camera and lens to buy a USSR made 35mm SLR, the Exakta VX IIa from Dresden, East Germany. I also bought two well made German Steinheil lenses and an equally well made French lens (an early retro-focus 28mm wide angle design that allowed the SLR mirror to move freely at the cost of severe geometric distortion).
The Super Rokkor? Beautiful. Only later did I understand that even a ‘normal’ prime lens for my SLR was slightly retro-focus in design affecting its resolution (if measured, but not especially evident in practical use) and focal length.