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Bob Salomon
12-Feb-2017, 10:52
I have just been told that John Gasser is closing the store after all these years and the final sale starts tomorrow.

Just think, Ansel Adams and Adolph Gasser were very close. There are office walls covered in Adams prints, Adolph was the first importer of Nikon cameras into the USA. A lot of history in that store!

Jerry Bodine
12-Feb-2017, 11:07
...Angel Adams and Adolph Gasser were very close...

First time I've seen Adams referred to as an angel; Mortensen likely would disagree. ;)

faberryman
12-Feb-2017, 11:23
The store is all but closed anyway. There is practically nothing on the shelves, and what is there is hardly worth buying at any price.

Bob Salomon
12-Feb-2017, 11:30
First time I've seen Adams referred to as an angel; Mortensen likely would disagree. ;)

Spell checker apparently doesn't recognize Ansel!

BTW, Adolph. Was best man at Adam's wedding, or vice Versa. Or they were best men at each other's.

Will Whitaker
12-Feb-2017, 11:52
I had heard that Ansel's horizontal Franken-enlarger was a creation with at least some roots in, if not born of Gasser's. Does anybody know? Or did I just dream that?

David Karp
12-Feb-2017, 12:02
I just purchased a lens for my Mamiya from Gasser's on eBay. I had to contact them by phone. The person I talked to could not have been nicer.

John Kasaian
12-Feb-2017, 14:47
Which Gasser's location is having the sale?
Oops! My bad. There's only the 181 2nd St location left.

Bob Salomon
12-Feb-2017, 15:22
Which Gasser's location is having the sale?
Oops! My bad. There's only the 181 2nd St location left.

Geary has been gone for a long, really long, time.

Merg Ross
12-Feb-2017, 21:52
I had heard that Ansel's horizontal Franken-enlarger was a creation with at least some roots in, if not born of Gasser's. Does anybody know? Or did I just dream that?

Hi Will, good to see you checking-in.

No dream; Gasser built an 8x10 horizontal enlarger for Ansel out of an old 11x14 studio camera. Light source was a bank of 50 watt bulbs separately switched.

Gasser's store was the place to go for professionals around here in the 30's, 40' and 50's. Maybe later for some, but Brook's Camera was a strong competitor and my first view camera was purchased from them in 1953.

Hope all goes well.

Best,
Merg

Jim Graves
13-Feb-2017, 00:12
My favorite memory of Gassers ... when I first started in LF I rented an 8x10 from them just to see what it was like ... I had a 4x5 Crown Graphic at the time.

If you rented the outfit on Friday afternoon you got to use it the whole weekend for a 1-day rental. It came with holders, lens, tripod, dark cloth, changing bag, and carrying case ... I added film and a meter.

I had no idea what I was doing or getting into. I drove into SF and picked it up ... it was a Sinar P2 ... the combined kit felt like it weighed 100 lbs. ... it took me 30 minutes just to figure out how to assemble the camera. I didn't know the difference between a field camera and a studio camera. By the time I lugged that thing around SF and parts of rural Mendocino County for 2 1/2 days I sure did.

I laugh about it now but I was sore for a week.

But ... I learned a most valuable valuable lesson ... bigger cameras do not take better pictures.

I'll miss going in there when I visit The City.

John Kasaian
13-Feb-2017, 20:35
I just returned from Gasser's.
There is still plenty of stuff at excellent prices. a couple of Majestic tripods, a ton of filters. Kodak chemicals, camera cases (even some vulcanoid period stuff) lots a dark room manuals, a copy of Edward Weston's Day Books, guillotine cutters, a really cool 8x10 contact printer (which I'm already having remorse over not buying) enlarging lenses, and a bunch of both Minette and Gepe cable releases. They probably still had some LF cameras for sale in the rental dept. but as I was trying to beat the traffic home, I didn't stick around to ask for details.
If you drive a really tiny car, there is even free parking in the lot across the street.
A truly great camera store (one of my first stops after I bought the 'dorff about 19 years ago, in fact---IIRC, I bought a lens board from them that day) and a lot of History.
I'll miss it very much!

Kevin Crisp
13-Feb-2017, 20:38
I had never heard of it but saw it walking by one afternoon a couple years ago. I bought a cable release (expensive, maroon colored) that is now my favorite.

Peter De Smidt
13-Feb-2017, 21:34
The Minette cable releases are very nice.

RedGreenBlue
31-Mar-2017, 13:35
March 30, 2017 San Francisco Chronicle article on the closing of Adolf Gasser.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/networth/article/Legendary-SF-photo-shop-Adolf-Gasser-to-shutter-11040079.php?google_editors_picks=true

John Kasaian
1-Apr-2017, 08:22
Nice people worked at Gasser's :(

Louis Pacilla
1-Apr-2017, 08:55
March 30, 2017 San Francisco Chronicle article on the closing of Adolf Gasser.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/networth/article/Legendary-SF-photo-shop-Adolf-Gasser-to-shutter-11040079.php?google_editors_picks=true

Very sad:(