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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
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What is your greatest photo gear 'score'?

Reading the latest Epson Digital Rangefinder thread had me thinking, what's the best deal you were able to find on a camera body or lens?

Local yard sales? Goodwill store? online buy?

Mine was my black Nikon F3/T body. Purchased online earlier this Spring for $100 as non-working. Received it, replaced a battery and moved the power switch to ON and it's been working flawlessly


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Konica Autoreflex full&half frame SLR - 5 EUR (sold as non working, but it was just self timer stuck - 2 min DIY to fix):



Some other stuff:
Yashica T4 - 4.5 EUR
Olympus Mju II - 5 EUR
A dozen of "old junk" cameras and lenses from ebay that cost me around 200 EUR, but the lot included Contax T2, Yashica T4 and Olympus 50/1.2 lens...
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Plustek 7200 with all accessories in a carrying case for $25.00. Found a couple of other really good deals, but I think that one takes it!

I think second best was a Konica Pearl III in really good shape sold as not working for I think $70 or so.
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a near mint rolleiflex mx-evs for $80 on the auction site.
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Black Paint MP with 50 Lux pre-asph, $600 at a pawn shop
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Plustek 7200 with everything, unused for 25 CAD in 2016. Or is it normal deal now for 199$ scanner in 2005 ? http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1765491,00.asp

M-E for 3K$, last new, from official dealer in 2016. Instead of $4,790 in 2015 (last year in production).
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A Canon 50/0.95 lens (and caps), for $60.00.

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I'd have to say it was a Nikon FM2 w/50mm Nikkor f1.2 on Craigslist for $100. That is tied with the Micro Nikkor 55mm f2.8 off Goodwill for $128 including shipping. That lens turned out to be minty.
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$375 on local Craigs List.
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Got a perfect Olympus Mju ii for 5 on Preloved, listed as "compact camera".
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Black Paint MP with 50 Lux pre-asph, $600 at a pawn shop
That has to be the winner by a country mile
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Well, I was given a Nikon F4s for free from another RFF member.
Other than that, a Nikon F90x with the 50mm for 23.
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Not as good as the kit shown above for $375, but a Leica M5 for $390 on Ebay. Camera was described as "very rough" and "may have non functioning parts" but basically working except for the light meter. What I received was a camera with some minor signs of wear and a functioning light meter. I had to make a minor adjustment to set the infinity focus on the rangefinder and the self timer does not work.

The original asking price was $466, shipped, (I think) and I my offer of $390 was accepted.

I should add that, since I have bought a number of FSU cameras over the years, my definition of "very rough" my be a bit more extreme that most Leica users.
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Rolleiflex 2.8E Planar for $200
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I'd say my exc. 1957 Agfa Ambi Silette with case, what looks to be an exc++ 50mm lens and an exc++ 90mm lens, with exc++ lens hood and exc+ UV filter all for 90. In many european listings on ebay the camera, lens and case over 120, so I basically got the 90mm, hood and filter for free.
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The local flea market has yielded some gems over the years. The most recent, and one I am still in happy shock/disbelief over, is an Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f2 Macro lens in near mint condition, for $5.

a couple others from the same flea:
-2.8C Rolleiflex in nice condition, $50
-Very clean Pentax MX w/ Pentax 50 1.4 lens, $5.
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I was shopping for a finder for my GSN, they were selling for $20 and up on ebay.

I found a 'for parts' black Yashica GT camera with the tele-wide finder on the shoe and bought it for $20.50.

The Camera wouldn't fire when arrived, I kept the finder for my GSN and sold the camera as non-working/for parts for $43
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Mint condition Nikon F3 in "not working" condition when all it needed was a new battery. $30.
I've gotten far better "scores" on rare books at low prices.

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A Pentax K-1000 with a 50mm 1.8 for $10 at a flea market.
A small Gitzo carbon fiber tripod with a Really Right Stuff ball head for $16.
A Ricoh GR-1s for $8.29
The legs for an original Majestic tripod for $5 at a flea market.
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A mint Leica M6TTL .58x chrome for only $750 from a retired photojournalist who didn't want a store to give her that amount in consignment and then double the price in store.
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Pentax 67ii w/unmetered prism
Not working Pentax 67 w/unmetered prism
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90/2.8 LS
165/4 LS
67mm reverse adapter mount for 67
helicoid extension tube
full set of extension tubes

All for $400...

I sold the 67ii for $550, the 165/4 for $250, and the helicoid extension tube for $150...

Then spent $250 servicing the 67 and other 2 lenses.

Walked away with a working 67 kit, plus $300 more than I had before buying the kit.
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Plustek 7200 with everything, unused for 25 CAD in 2016. Or is it normal deal now for 199$ scanner in 2005 ? http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1765491,00.asp

M-E for 3K$, last new, from official dealer in 2016. Instead of $4,790 in 2015 (last year in production).
Beat me. I got my 7200 for $50 in 2014, still cheap.


My Olympus Mju II was bought for $8 last year.
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Either my Coolscan 5000 for $300 or my Minolta 58mm 1.2 for $10 or my 35 2.8 Summaron for $200 maybe?

side photography related, a Bolex H-16 Rex 5 for $25. It had a super rare Tobin motor drive attached which seems to sell for at least $800 on it's own.
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Also... a fully functional Olympus XA in original plastic box for $1.99
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All in one day in 1986, as a 20 year-old at a now-closed second hand shop that bought out estates:

Leica M5, 21 SA, 50 Lux, 90 cron, 135 Elmarit, table tripod, and other extra (hoods,caps, leather cases, boxes, etc.): $800

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Rolleiflex 2.8F: $50

All in beautiful condition and perfect operating order. The M5 is still by far my most used camera today.

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At a second hand store, a mirror stuck up, 'jammed' OM-4Ti for $35. Took it home, put in two S76 batteries, reset, and it came to life right away. That was a couple of years ago and it still works fine.

Almost forgot, at a photo show a working perfectly Sears KS-500 (Ricoh KR-5) with 50mm f2 lens and good meter batts for $5, really, what more does a person need in a PK mount body.
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Hassy 500 EL, NC2 and A12 for 220
(okay its not that much of a steal compared to the others but its a big deal for me who always wanted to own a hassy but has always been priced out up until this point.)
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Never got a deal quite as good as some of your deals described above. But my best deals were, in no particular order:

Nikon FE2 with MD12 motor drive (excellent condition) -- $90
Olympus OM-2n (black) body with Winder 2 -- excellent condition -- $65
Nikon F6 body (USA model in flawless condition with only 4 rolls shot through it) -- $750 (new USA bodies go for $2400). The overwhelming bulk of used F6 bodies are non-USA models that Nikon USA may not service.
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A black paint Nikon SP with a 2.8cm f3.5 in mint condition in the original leather case for $500. I also got a Rolleiflex 2.8C with Planar lens in exceptional condition for $400. I still have the Rollie.
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M3 DS + 50mm DR Summicron + Leather case + moth ball smell for $485.
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Nikon F Apollo with FTN, in mint condition (under a layer of dust), with a fully functioning meter. $89.

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I was walking home to the Southside of Williamsburg in a time before it was conquered by hipsters, and I diverted my foot out of habit, because the hipsters on the Northside tended to walk their dogs on the Southside and leave the turds as booby traps.

So initially I thought this black object laying on the sidewalk was just another booby trap, but it was a Contax T3 in a leatherette case. Came pretty close to crushing it with my foot.

So a free Contax T3 likely lost by a clueless hipster, highly likely a dog owner.

Oh-well I say.

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I found an M3 with a 50/1.5 Summarit about ten years ago in a local junk shop for $25. Talked him down to $20. Sold the lens to have the VF redone, then sold the body to help fund the first M9. I got a weird ICA Stereo camera there the same day for $15. Sold that to a collector last year for almost $600. Sadly, the store has closed.
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From a fellow RFF member... a Nikon F2 for a few beers.
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Sadly, the store has closed.
Not surprised with a pricing policy like that....
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Not surprised with a pricing policy like that....
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Probably a black MOOLY-C motor for $400. Second would be a grey IIIcK Luftwaffe (repainted black) for $650 (thank you KEH). Third was a Leitz 50/1.5 Xenon lens for free - I put $75 into it to have it cleaned and lubed, then I resold it for $600. Fourth was a SOOZI 9cm f/2 Summicron lens - very rare, with the original hood, caps, M-adapter. $400 for that, and Jim Lager told me it was the best he'd ever seen.
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