Great Falls Camera Club

Friends. Fun. Photography. Since 1946. ~A Member Club of the Photographic Society of America since the 1st of September, 1946!~

October 2nd, 2015

Truckin’ with your lenses!

September 21st, 2015

50 Years of “Get Smart” & LEICA!


50 Years of Get Smart & LEICA!

maxwellsmartcamera1In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of of Get Smart on September 18th, 1965, LEICA offers the LEICA Edition 50 Jahre «SIEGFRIED» to honor the show’s German character.

A unique commemorative edition, not simply the same old LEICA with a commemorative sticker, die LEICA Edition 50 Jahre «SIEGFRIED» showcases the following innovations critical to mission success for the evil, murderous East-German KAOS agent:

• Integral 22LR pistol holds 12 rounds in a detachable internal magazine. The weapon is hidden inside the camera and fires out stage left (as seen by the shooter) through what looks like a PC flash connector, which flips out of the way.

• Loads from the bottom, just like other LEICAs.

• 90° viewfinder: you look forward and see to the left where your weapon will fire.

• Internal X-ray compensator plate lets the camera go through X-ray machines without detection. Remember, this is for secret agents who travel without calling attention to themselves. For instance, it ships in a plain, flat box marked “Grußkarten” (greeting cards).

• The preselector lever allows the user to select shooting film or lead. It doesn’t really shoot film; the magazine is located where film would go, but this lets secret agents click the camera to prove it’s not a weapon.

Struck as an edition of 1965 pieces, it ships with a radioactive collapsible SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2. If you don’t collapse the lens, it will hold a second spare loaded magazine, again loaded from the bottom.

Like most of LEICA’s better special editions, it’s already sold out.

The LEICA Edition 50 Jahre «SIEGFRIED» has a price of $18,919.65, which considering that it’s a fully functional firearm with a 1.5x magnifying sight, is quite the bargain.

Shoot (sorry!).  We missed it.  Already sold out…{!-{>

~from Ken Rockwell’s Photography News, 18 September, 2015

September 15th, 2015


Great Falls Camera Club

Club Minutes 09/10/15


In attendance: Rachel Stock, Ken Murphy, Curtis Barrow, Robyn Mehmke, Barb Herrig, Alan, Herrig, Bunny Lara, Sarah Cherry, Ginnie Miesmer, Molly Saska, Damien Mitchell, John Thomas, Karen Rhoads, Allie, Rhoads, Norman Anderson, E. Marie Brown, Amy Legg, Elaine Forbeck, Cindy Lake, Elizabeth Reid, William Reid, Pauletta Byers, Gary Byers, Julie Nice, Jessica Nice McCandles.

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. Robyn welcomed everyone to our first meeting of the 2015-2016 Club year. She asked everyone to introduce themselves and tell a little about when they started taking pictures and types of camera they use.

Everyone received a packet when they signed in this evening with lots of good information. Mike went through the packet and briefly described each item.

The category for the first image contest/critique is the “The Summer of 2015” and is due tonight and new members will have until Friday, September 18th. Pictures for the contest/critique are always due the first meeting of each month. You email them to or, or bring them to the meeting on a flash drive to download. Each paid member is allowed to enter 4 photos into both contest and critique. If you decided to do just one or the other that works too! Photos for the contest are sent to a Judge to be judged and scored. Critiques are done by three members of the club. Robyn is passing around a sign-up sheet so members can volunteer.

Ken informed us tonight that a PSA Club from another State has requested that our club Judge there photos sometime in November. Ken also talked about the success of the State Fair this summer. One of the reasons being entries were up from last year. We had lots of members enter and the following did very well: Rachel Stock, Xavier Springer, Cindy Lake, Dennis Hirning, Tristan Mehmke, Becca Bergman and Mike Nussbaum.

There was a change in the Education program this evening. The person from Bozeman Camera was unable to be here, so it was decided that several of our members would bring their camera bags, go through them, and show you what they carry and why. The presentation is called What’s in the bag? Why? The four that brought their bags are: Mike Nussbaum, Robyn Mehmke, Curtis Barrows and Norm Anderson. It was interesting, humorous and informative.

One of our members, John Thomas is the President of the Astrology Club in Great Falls, and they meet at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. They are having a Star Party on Saturday, September 25, 2015 and we are invited to join them.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 23rd this time only. We always meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month except for November and December. Both of those months we only meet on the 2nd Thursday because of the Holidays.

See you at the next meeting!

Pauletta Byers, Secretary