My stepfather, Robert Henry Kane, was a hobby photographer. He passed away in 2000, about five years before I took up the hobby myself. Unfortunately, I never had a chance to ask him about any of his equipment or about his love for the hobby. When he was alive I wasn’t interested in photography at all.
Bob Kane (1936-2000)
My mother recently came across his camera gear and asked me if I would like to have it. I gratefully accepted the offer for the bag of gear and my Mom shipped it out to me. It arrived the next day in careful packaging, perfectly intact. I immediately dove in to see what I had inherited.
Bob’s Pentax SF10 SLR 35mm film camera came with a beautiful tan padded case, one 28-80mm lens, one 75-300mm lens, one 2x teleconverter, an external AF240FT speed flash, a Quantaray Foggilizer soft focus filter and a large number of high end Cokin filters. I recognized the size of those filters! I knew right away that all of his 58mm accessories would fit on my current Canon digital SLR cameras.
- Bob’s Last Photo
The camera still had a functioning battery and believe it or not, it was still loaded with a roll of partially exposed film! With three images already exposed 13 years ago on a roll of 24 ISO 400 film, I didn’t expect much upon development. Most old film that has been stuck in a camera for over a decade deteriorates to the point of being unrecognizable.
Somehow, I felt luck was upon me as I ran around the garden and throughout our house, snapping pictures to use up the rest of the film. A quick trip to the one-hour photo and $3.80 later, I managed to secure the development of the very last photo Bob had ever taken some 13 years prior. It shows a solemn winter scene of a birdhouse in their yard in Mio – fitting, so it seems.
With the mystery of the undeveloped film solved, I moved my attention to the many filters he had stashed away in his bag of goodies. They are all high end Cokin brand filters that thankfully I can use on my current camera bodies: Close-up (A103), Pre-Shaped Frames (A397), Multi-Image (A201), Radial Zoom (A185), Champagne (A695), Sunset (A198), Warming (A027), Linear Polarizer (A160).
Having only played with these new-found toys for a few minutes I can already say that Bob has left me years of fun, creativity and adventure ahead. I’m so lucky to have these! I only wish he were here with me so we could enjoy them together. Thanks, Bob. I miss you.
Cokin Radial Zoom
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