Villa Il Cupolino, where the event took
Photo by Dario Bonazza
7th PENTAX DAY (PART I)
It all started with an
email from Dario:
... Speaking to Protege, we agreed it will be nice that the next edition of the
Pentax Day could take place in Florence. This year well celebrate 50 years of Pentax
SLRs, and Florence is the city where Pentax importers had their premises, hence the
"City of Pentax" in Italy. At this point, thinking of people managing a Pentax
Day in Florence, I thought about you and Franco Zampetti...."
In the meantime, since
I had changed my job, I had less spare time. I didnt know Franco Zeta (nickname of
Franco Zampetti), but I told myself "lets try". I contacted Franco, we
met, we also discovered we have some mutual friends, and we started.
Frankly speaking, the
task was not so hard. Once the venue of the 7th Pentax Day was approved, after Dario and
Franco inspected the wonderful "Villa le Rondini", everything went pretty
Following Darios instructions: "In practice, I just ask you (Franco and
you) to get
some panels for the photo exhibit, and some photographic attractions,
such as vintage cars or something else
I took care of the vintage cars (thanks to my friend Marco Poggiali!!), I looked
for not so expensive hotels to accommodate friends coming from a distance (impossible in
the Florence area!), while Franco found panels for the pictures and contacted the model
Fifteen days before
the event, we made a final inspection of rooms and areas of the event, at the Villa il
Cupolino, the wonderful annex of Villa Le Rondini, which was completely dedicated to the
Pentax Day. Together with the owner of the villa, and with Francos maps in our
hands, we confirmed everything to be OK. At that point, our only concern was about the
On the 1st of June in
the morning I met Franco, Dario and Maurizio. Then Ermanno and more members came, and the
teamwork quickly brought to life our 7th Pentax Day, as it happened at 5th Pentax Day in
Cervia, where I also gave my small contribution. The tables and the display cases were
prepared and the many nice pictures by members were exhibited.
In the mean time, Protege was displaying all current Pentax line; while Manfrotto,
Ferrania and Il Fotografo setup their own areas.
I have to admit that
the poster conceived by Dario for the 50th anniversary of the Asahiflex (and made with the
essential technical contribution by Carlo Lastrucci) was a wonderful, unexpected gift. I
cannot understand how it is possible for "Mr. Bonazza", and his always calm
look, to take care of everything!!
On the 2nd of June
everything went smooth, the vintage cars and the bike arrived as planned, supported by my
friend Marco, dressed accordingly, and also the two models (excellent choice Franco!!!),
who were immediately chased by a swarm of photographers who made them sweat their
"fee". Somebody would also miss their dinner for some more shots!! Even Mrs.
Francesca, owner of the hotel, armed herself with camera and joined the group.
Uncommon and very appreciated was the presence of Tiziano (Pentaxian and
Francos friend) and his hunting falcon, young and still not so trained, but
fascinating with his predator coolness.
Around 1 p.m. we had
dinner at "Villa le Rondini", after walking 400 meters among spectacular ancient
cypresses and landscape views of Florence (the cathedral was apparently there, at hand),
After a good meal, we met for the scheduled "annual meeting", with a
brief lecture by Dario, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pentax cameras. Then there was
the confirmation of Dario as president, Ermanno as vice-president and Massimo as the
treasurer, while Roberto Romano was voted new member of the board.
At last, good news for "our" Pentax book, which will be published by this
years end??? (thanks to the help of our member Giuseppe Carofiglio from Salerno, who
will cover most of costs).
The afternoon saw our
tough paparazzi in the field again, practically "X-raying" the two models, the
less they were dressed, the better they looked ...
In the mean time, I
lingered with friends who attended the event, all pleased for the organization, the
pictures and the location beauties. Following the agenda
I lost all prize awards,
with the exception of mine!!! Again, thanks to Dario for his trust in Franco and me as
Ponte Vecchio - Florence.
photo by Dario Bonazza