A sunny day illuminated the Sandia Mountains graced with a six-inch layer of snow. I took the dog and my Kodak Reflex II tlr loaded with TMY 400 for a walk up the Embudito Trail. I got a couple overlapping frames on the roll, but the camera otherwise performed pretty well until I reached the eighth frame.
I was able during the first half of the walk to let the dog loose while I concentrated on making pictures. When I started running into people and their dogs I had to put the dog back on the leash, and that pushed beyond the boundaries of success with an old tlr.
Near the top of the trail I decided to try a close-up shot. I got the film advanced to the eighth frame, but my slightlly impaired vision, the dog pulling on the leash and numb hands ended my photo session. I stared cranking the focus without really seeing or feeling what I was doing and managed to completely screw off both lenses which dropped into the snow. While that was it for the tlr, I thought I might still grab a few shots on the way back down the mountain with the Olympus Infinity Stylus I had in my pocket. Looking at the time, however, I saw that it was 3:30 PM. I was supposed to be sitting down to dinner with freinds at 4:30 and we were at the top of a long, slippery trail and a drive across town. So, I just hooked up the dog and we made as close as I could get to a lightning descent.
The next day, after consulting Rick Oleson's exploded-view drawing and the berndtmn camera repair page, I spent a couple hours reinstalling and collimating the lenses on the Reflex II. I'll load a roll of Acros to see if I got the focus properly set. Most of the snow was burned off the Sandias after another day of sunshine, but we look to be in for another big storm starting on New Years Day.