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Comment: Re:Amazing technology for its time (Score 1) 106

by viridari (#37341626) Attached to: 1970s Polaroid SX-70 Cameras Make a Comeback

The camera body was also a miracle of engineering design because of the way it could fold flat for storage, but pop open in just the right manner for all the optical paths to work (including the SLR aspect).

Actually the folding feature was quite an old and mature technology by the time the SX-70 was released. Before consumers really took on to the 35mm format, medium format folding cameras were quite popular. The technology was pretty mature by the time my grandfather took his folding camera to WW2, and certainly by the 1950's when my own Zeiss-Ikon Super Ikonta 533/16 was manufactured.

Fuji still makes a medium format folding camera today, but it's priced for wealthy enthusiasts.

Comment: Re:You mean that cell phone store? (Score 3, Informative) 413

by viridari (#36272786) Attached to: RadioShack Trying To Return To Its DIY Roots

Now, there's no choice but to go to DigiKey and Mouser, and figure out how I'm going to meet their minimum order requirements, when all I wanted was $5 worth of stuff.

Poo to that! There are a ton of small shops on the 'net that cater to enthusiasts and will sell small quantities of components to you quite happily.

  • http://www.sparkfun.com/
  • http://www.makershed.com/
  • http://store.fungizmos.com/
  • http://www.adafruit.com/

Though for bread & butter components that I am going to use pretty regularly, I'll buy those on eBay. Mostly from Chinese sellers but sometimes there are some stateside sellers competing for your business. Most of the time I get my components in from China within a week or two. I've actually had them beat Sparkfun to my mailbox when I place orders on the same day. Sometimes things get held up and you can wait a few weeks. So don't be in a rush if you go the eBay/China route.

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