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Nikon Historical Society Jason Schneider is perhaps the world's most famous expert on camera collecting.  Over the course of his long career he has been a photojournalist, a commercial photographer, and a camera test lab manager.  For 18 years he wrote his incredibly influential Camera Collector monthly column at the still deeply missed MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY magazine where Jason was also Editorial Director. Modern was followed by his 16 year stint as Editor-Chief of Popular Photography, then the world's largest imaging magazine. Along the way many of his Modern Camera collecting articles were republished in the wonderful 3 volume set JASON SCHNEIDER ON CAMERA COLLECTING.

Focusing on a wide range of interests, Jason has been an avid photography enthusiast, writer, and lecturer amazingly enough since his early teens.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington Square College of New York University, where he majored in English Literature, minored in Classics, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Schneiderís poetry and critical essays on poetry have been published in the NYU college literary magazine and in various collections.  He's currently working on a book on Emily Dickinson's poetry "Understanding Emily Dickinson. A Reader's Guide To The Enlightened Master."

Jason is an expert on most things photography:  no only camera collecting and analog photography, but also digital photography, the history of camera design and technology, the business of photography, what it is to be a photographer, and as he once proved to me, the best place to buy bratworst at Photokina in Cologne. If all of that was not enough, Jason is genuinely one of the nicest, most knowledgeable and interesting human beings you will ever likely have the good fortune to meet on the net.

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I will miss many of the lovely people I have met here, and drop by if I need advice or thoughts on equipment. But I probably will not be reading "I will avoid Leica NJ from here on...". I fell into it yesterday (first article I had read in months), and realized it was like my trying to read Fyodor Dostoyevsky in Russian. So much detail, I was impressed, but confused.

Have fun, trust me, you won't want to look back on not having fun.
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I read the post and you better NOT delete it.
I read it as one from the heart, those are worth leaving as legacy.

Cute picture, looks a bit like a younger Angelina.

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rff is an odd place to 'hang out'...i've met in person with some folks and they are all pretty terrific...i feel most comfortable here when talking about gear and feel most hopeless when talking about photography...as a talentless hack it's the gear that keeps me going. i'm currently working on owning every lens that fuji makes and accepting that none of it will get me that great shot i hope for. i think that rff can be a most unpleasant place for the more sensitive and the truly creative and just plain no fun when the unknowing trolls hit the pavement running.
so fred, i wish you the calm that helps to soothe the soul and wish you the best in your creative endeavours.
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Not many folks around here say Goodbye, they just sort of drift away, and after some time you think "Hmmm, what's-their-face hasn't posted anything for quite a while".

I wish you well in your endeavors, Fred, and please, do check in once in a while.

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Ya know Fred, we all come back at some point. Good luck with your new computery endeavors.
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