In the fall of 1970 I met a girl named Connie at Colorado State University. She had a Pentax Spotmatic camera and a couple of Takumar lenses. I worshiped the ground that girl walked on; she was pretty, she lived in Aspen, she knew photograpy, but she didn't have much interest in me. A year passed. We had no relationship but I did purchase an Asahi Spotmatic along with a 28mm and a 135mm lens from Sundry Trading Company in Tokyo, Japan. "Very pleased to receive your esteemed order sir. We are mailing you by air..." I had no better reason for the purchase than that was the camera and lens kit Connie had. I didn't get far at CSU but the camera was a good one and I used it for two decades. I cursed the 135mm lens. It was a useless length. 100mm? Nice portrait lens. 200mm? Good telephoto. But the 135 was a dog. The 28mm, on the other hand was a good lens and the 1.4/50 was always nice. Fast forward forty years. Just a few months ago I finally threw away the old, moldy, broken Spotmatic. But, I was wise enough to keep the lenses. I still don't have any use for the 135mm and its got serious fungus. It can't be sold. It's still useless. The 28mm is in good condition, though I don' t have a lot of use for it either. But the 50mm; this is a lens to die for. Moldy around the edges of the front lens, cranky aperture ring , and paint missing all over, I love this lens. It's hard to explain. I've picked up half a dozen lenses on eBay that are the equal to the old Takumar but they just aren't the same. There is a certain richness to this lens. A velvet feeling when you focus in on something. A creamy bokeh that just isn't matched. A memory of a relationship - even a life - that never happened; in the Rockies with a beautiful girl and fine photographic equipment. Sigh. But the old lens keeps on going. I've found it kind of fuzzy wide open for family party use. But stopped down a bit it's still as sharp as ever. Used as a semi-macro, it's richness and color are unequaled. I love it. It goes all the way back to my first SLR and every time I use it I dip into the memories of over forty years. Every camera, every girl. It's just love.