Go Back   Rangefinderforum.com > Cameras / Gear / Photography > Rangefinder Forum > Photography General Interest

Photography General Interest Neat Photo stuff NOT particularly about Rangefinders.

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes

Old 06-09-2017   #81
Registered User
pschauss is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 562
YashicaMat for $50 from the Photonet classifieds and a Kiev IIIa for $24 from Robertscamera on Ebay. The latter had some light leaks which I fixed with liquid electrical tape. The YashicaMat worked perfectly right out of the box.

Of course I'm ignoring the cameras which didn't work.
- Peter Schauss
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-09-2017   #82
Registered User
p.giannakis's Avatar
p.giannakis is offline
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Stafford - UK
Posts: 1,522
Originally Posted by Huss View Post
You bought a picture of an OM-1 for 15 quid? I hope it was framed.

Yes.... let's just say i did that....
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-09-2017   #83
Registered User
Blaidd_Drwgg is offline
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 24
I dream a little smaller than most here.
Recently, I bought a Leitz UVa 39mm original filter for 0,50€, because it was dirty. Underneath it was mint.
I was surprised what a difference there could be in smoothness of the threads between it and my "more expensive" cheaper filters. Plus the knurling is absurdly nice.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-09-2017   #84
Registered User
relyt is offline
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 15
I recently purchased a mint black Pentax MX with M40/2.8 from the big auction site. It was described as fully functioning without issues. When the camera arrived I noticed the camera wouldn't focus to infinity, otherwise everything was great. I asked the seller for a discount since the camera didn't match the description. The seller refunded the purchase and told me to keep the camera! So basically I got a mint MX with 40/2.8 for the price of a CLA
Attached Images
File Type: jpg $_57-3.jpg (21.6 KB, 17 views)
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-10-2017   #85
Registered User
Wouter2 is offline
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 11
I bought lots of good stuff on the brazilian ebay over the last 15 years. Basically it comes from people who inherit equipment they don´t know anything about, or from resellers that have no clue what they have. Some gems:

Canon 7Sz with 0.95/50, basically mint: $ 80 as a matter of fact I bought two of these sets for ridiculous prices over the years
beaten Rollei wide: $ 75
Leica M3 & summilux V1: $ 200
Summarex 85/1.5: $ 300
Fuji G690 with 100mm, 150mm and 55mm (!) lenses for $ 350
Nikon 35Ti mint: $ 40
Nikon S & nikkor 50/1.5 (!): $ 50
Nikon S4 & 50/1.4 beautiful: $ 200
Canon EF & 35/2.8 mint: $ 70
3 weeks ago: Yashica T3 (some damage to door latch): $ 20

I´ll probably remember more ...
  Reply With Quote

Not exactly steals but I'm happy
Old 06-10-2017   #86
Tim Murphy
Registered User
Tim Murphy is offline
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Posts: 256
Not exactly steals but I'm happy

Dear Board,

I never find anything anywhere for pennies on the dollar but I've made a few auction scores.

A Retina 111c complete with an excellent case and meter cap in the sewn in tab in fully operational condition for $ 44.00

A working Nikkormat FT2 with 50mm/f2 AI lens and a Tamrac bag for $ 27.00.

A Canon F-1 with a 50mmf/1.4 SSC, a motor winder MF, a Sunpak 333D flash, several genuine Canon filters, lens hoods and caps, a flash coupler D and a nice leather bag for $ 111.00. The flash sync on the camera doesn't seem to be working but everything else works 100%.

2 Pentax P30T's. one with a 50mmf/2 and one with a 50mm/f1.7 lens for $ 31.00 total. Both lenses are in excellent condition but only one of the bodies works.

A grab bag of various film and digital cameras for $ 20.00. I got a working Olympus IS-10, a working Olympus Stylus 105, another working Olympus P&S, and a sort of working Olympus C-2500L. It works and displays a proper picture on the monitor of the camera but when loaded to my computer the pictures show heavy banding like there is a shutter problem? But it came with a working Olympus 32Mb Smart Media card that allowed me to resurrect my Olympus C-2040.

I'm a junk man. I just like to collect stuff. I do use what I buy, but the collecting is a big part of the fun for me too.


Tim Murphy

Harrisburg, PA
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-10-2017   #87
Thread Killer
ChrisPlatt's Avatar
ChrisPlatt is offline
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Queens NYC
Age: 56
Posts: 2,489
An elderly widow once paid me $20 to haul off her deceased husband's Leica collection,
which included many valuable and collectible historic model cameras and lenses.

Oops, wait. That was going to be my April Fool's Day post last year, but I forgot...

Bring back the latent image!
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-10-2017   #88
Registered User
Hern is offline
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 74
A Rolleicord Vb with a boatload of accessories and boxes, and a Rollei 35SE thrown into the mix for the price of me scanning a box of slides for the elderly photograp-hmmm-enthusiast.

Or the Yashica T5 I picked up for about 15 USD, but went kaput a few rolls later. Sold it as parts for 50.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2017   #89
Registered User
Arbitrarium's Avatar
Arbitrarium is offline
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 183
Originally Posted by p.giannakis View Post
Oh... forgot to say (probably this is my best deal).

This combo for £15

Any advice on how to get drool out of my keyboard?

I got my late serial OM 50mm 1.4 for £30 and I thought that was a good deal... you win this time.
Arbitrarium on Instagram
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-15-2017   #90
Registered User
northshore3D is offline
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 5
Not my greatest find ever, but the most recent. Two days ago on my after-work thrift shop circuit, a black Canon FTb that will clean up very nicely. Not so special in itself, but mounted on it was a FD SCC 35mm f2 lens, the concave thoriated one, also in nice condition. Cost? $4. I'll probably put the rig in a box of cameras that need new seals that I'll work on when I retire later this year and have time for them. There are still things to be found out there, but it takes a lot of looking.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-16-2017   #91
Registered Abuser
dmr's Avatar
dmr is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Somewhere in Middle America
Posts: 4,068
I guess this is probably my biggest score ever, although technically I'm the possessor, custodian, guardian, etc. of it and I don't consider myself to be the real owner.

I'll explain more about climbing the learning curve with this in the developing sub-forum.

My (NEW) Gallery
My Blog
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-16-2017   #92
Registered User
skibeerr's Avatar
skibeerr is offline
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Melbourne Vic
Age: 55
Posts: 1,068
A Luftwaffe Leica with Elmar and case for 10 euro.
From an estate. I went there for a couple of folders and this was lying in a box.

At that time I was totally oblivious of what I bought, I just thought this will look nice on display.

I remember my Grandfather who fought in WWII had a box full of likely suspects, never found out where they went.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-18-2017   #93
agoglanian's Avatar
agoglanian is offline
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Orange County, CA
Age: 31
Posts: 827
I'm having a hard time reading this thread. You have all found some truly exceptional bargains!

My best deal thus-far was an essentially unused Nikon F with a plain-prism and a 50mm f/2 for $25. Worked great for the few years I had it but I sold it a while back. I regretted that though and bought another one last year (and Apollo this time).
- Abram

M-A | M240 | F | G2 | GR

Instagram. | Website.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-18-2017   #94
Emile de Leon
Registered User
Emile de Leon is offline
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 605
A Korona 12x20 w/holder..for $300-...
A Noctilux F1.0 for $1300- in mint..
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-18-2017   #95
Registered User
rybolt's Avatar
rybolt is offline
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Yellow Springs, Ohio
Posts: 577
First let me say that I believe in kharma. I won't cheat widows, orphans or anyone who needs the money.
a few days ago I bought:
Nikkor 2.8cm F3.5 LTM
Nikkor 35mm f1.8 LTM
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 LTM
35mm f3.5 Summaron
35mm f3.5 Summaron
Xenogon 35mm f2.8
Summitar 50mm f1.8
a pile of hoods, LTM-M rings and a 50mm BL
M2 in non working order
IIc/IIIC converted body

all for $500
Fuji X Pro 1,XT 1and XF1 cameras and lenses.
Sony RX1
Leica M6 with black Wetzlar 50mm
A pair of Barnack Anniversary cameras
Who knows how many others

  Reply With Quote

Old 06-18-2017   #96
Doug's Avatar
Doug is online now
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Pacific NW, USA
Posts: 12,280
Sort of a reverse "score" in a favorable sale of my black M9, all boxed up as new. It went to eBay at a slightly inflated offering price in view of possible negotiations, but the buyer hit the 'buy it now' button and got it for $4700... This was Oct 2013 before the M9 sensor issue was known. I got a good deal, and I hope the camera has been serving its new owner well.
Doug’s Gallery
RFF on Facebook
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-18-2017   #97
Registered User
benlees is offline
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Edmonton, AB
Age: 45
Posts: 1,266
Another reverse "score": put a Fuji GW690ii in the classifieds here for $400. No takers. Got $541 for it on eBay auction.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-18-2017   #98
Registered User
benmacphoto's Avatar
benmacphoto is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Philadelphia
Age: 30
Posts: 919
My best Leica score was an M3 single stroke with 50mm Summicron and 28mm f3.5 Voigtlander Color Skopar with mini Voigtlander 28/35 finder for $650.

Best camera score is a Canon A-1 with 50mm f1.4 new FD lens for $35

  Reply With Quote

Old 06-18-2017   #99
Photon Collector
bobby_novatron's Avatar
bobby_novatron is offline
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: the Great White North (Canada)
Age: 47
Posts: 1,229
Ridiculous but true: I was driving through a small town in central British Columbia and stopped at a local church "thrift shop" -- just out of curiosity. Maybe they would have some cameras stashed away behind the knitted bed throws and 1980's furniture.

Sure enough I found a neglected cardboard box full of random electronics: an old computer modem, a broken TV cable box, some random cords and cables. And buried also in the box, a Contax T3, in excellent condition.

I was shaking with excitement, I couldn't believe my luck!

I approached the checkout stand, trying to stop my giddiness and asked the employee how much the camera was.

"One dollar."

What? A dollar? My face must have registered my shock.

"But since it's 50% off Tuesday right now, that makes it only 50 cents. Will that be everything for you today?"

True story. I kid you not.
my Flickr:
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-18-2017   #100
Registered User
p.giannakis's Avatar
p.giannakis is offline
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Stafford - UK
Posts: 1,522
I came across the DL super mini while i was going through a box of junk cameras on a car boot sale. It was in pretty bad condition, dirty with a small nick on the lens cover and loads of dust on the lens and the viewfinder. I asked the seller how much he wanted for it and he told me that he "has no idea what it is but i can have it for a couple of quids".

  Reply With Quote

Old 06-19-2017   #101
Never enough smoky peat
Fixcinater is offline
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Portales, NM, USA
Posts: 428
Couple of my highlights:

I see a Rollei in case for $225, on Craigslist. Sure looked like it was a 2.8 model from the photos but couldn't be sure as they were cropped old cell phone photos. I left work on my lunch hour, made it over to the location and sure enough it was a 2.8F. He had dealed himself down to $200 over the phone as I was setting up the time to pick up. Also threw in a Minox 35EL with a broken case. I later found some photos that were clearly from the 70s on the roll that was in the Rollei.

Another Craigslist find, guy put up a Minolta X700 for $50 and he mentioned he had other lenses for sale as well. Again, on lunch hour drove over to the high end beach town where he lived and picked up the X700 (with clean 58/1.2 Rokkor) for asking price but declined to buy the multiple Vivitar consumer zooms that he was asking $75/ea for.

Last one, once again on Craigslist. Big telephoto lens, just advertised as a Canon FL. Terrible cell shots at night, no real info or explanation. $300. I left work for the day, drove the hour out into the country to meet them, it was an FL 1200mm f/11 with focusing section in quite good shape and thankfully, dinner plate sized front cap.

These three will very likely be with me until I can't take photos anymore.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-19-2017   #102
Registered User
unixrevolution's Avatar
unixrevolution is offline
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Waldorf, MD
Age: 34
Posts: 874
My Leica M2 came to me from a co-worker who got it as a gift in the sixties. It sat unused for decades before he let me have it. When I asked what he wanted for it, he said, "Just keep it." But I gave him $100 anyway, then set about having it refurbished.
Please, call me Erik.
Find me on: Flickr | PentaxForums | Large Format Photography Forum

"I decided to stop collecting cameras and become a photographer."
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-19-2017   #103
Registered User
jamin-b is offline
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 340
I received a lens thrown in as an extra when purchasing a Pentax MZ-7, also for a steal price. It looks like a silver plastic thermos or late Apollo booster rocket model and I was very skeptical about any benefit i might get from it, never having heard of anything remotely like its brand - "Promaster Spectrum 7" and given its 28mm - 210mm zoom... I finally did give it a more serious try and it actually takes contrasty, sharp images, and weighs next to nothing...

some samples: https://www.flickr.com/search/?sort=...N08&view_all=1
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-08-2017   #104
Registered User
flagellum is offline
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 14
Seems like a bit of a score - Leica M3 with a goggled Summaron for $450 off Craigslist. The camera had all sorts of problems, but selling it financed a BGN M4 from KEH, so I'll take it! Lens is basically a free bonus at this point.

My greatest, though, was an Olympus Mju II Limited Edition from a garage sale for $5. The camera had a light leak and some odd residue in the viewfinder, but a little tape on the inside of the body and it works perfectly. Probably my favorite go-to daily carry.
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-08-2017   #105
Registered User
creenus is offline
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 46
Chrome M2 CLA'd at some point by Sherry Krauter off Ebay for $540.00. Love that little bugger!
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-08-2017   #106
Registered User
bhop73's Avatar
bhop73 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 612
There was a lens that I wanted that just happened to be attached to an F2. I wasn't in the market for an F2, but the lens was averaging around $180 and the combo was $200, so I guess I got an F2 for 20 bucks.. it works great!

That's the best I've got..
my flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhop73/
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-08-2017   #107
Registered User
rfaspen's Avatar
rfaspen is offline
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Corvallis, OR
Posts: 1,094
I was just exercising my last film acquisition to see if its in good shape. It is; works perfectly as though it was recently serviced. A Pentax Spotmatic that I bought for $4.00 US. I may have mentioned this bargain previously, but I didn't realize just how nice this particular camera is, and how ergonomic the Spotmatics are.

I only have one lens for it. A Super Takumar 50/1.4 that I got last year for $5.00 US. There are many, many M42 lenses out there; I just have no idea which are the gems and which are the chaff.
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-08-2017   #108
Registered User
x-ray's Avatar
x-ray is offline
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Tennessee USA
Age: 68
Posts: 4,198
Last month was in a nice antique store I go to from time to time and was looking around and noticed an old display case pushed off to the side. It appeared empty but I noticed what looked to be camera cases in the bottom. I pulled several out but they weren't of much interest but when I started to put them back I noticed the edge of what looked to be a Rollei case. I reached in and pulled out a Rollei case. Inside I found a 3.5F with a Planar. It was a little mildewed on the leather but still in very nice shape and the lens appeared to be perfect. I wound the camera and the shutter didn't work and opened the back to find a roll of exposed Kodacolor-X. I noticed the counter didn't reset either. On further examination I noticed the focus was stiff but everything looked really nice.

There was no price on it so I expected a ridiculous one but found a piece of paper with prices on it. I think it was $295 which wasn't bad but knowing it was going to take some work to get it going I took it to the from desk and talked to the clerk explaining what was wrong. I offered $75 and was told the owner was out and didn't have a phone where they could be reached but they took my info and offer to ask when he came in. The next day I received a call the the price had been accepted.

After cleaning it up it looks E+ and along with it I got 2 very clean Rolinar's #1 and 2 and a Rollei Bay 2 Yellow and Soft #1 filter. The case cleaned up perfectly and the strap is good. I wound up sending it to Camera Service Co and got a total CLA for $399 including shipping. Everything works perfect now and I got all of it for $474 including a fresh CLA in less than a month.
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-08-2017   #109
Registered User
sr44 is offline
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Bellingham, WA
Posts: 3
Olympus XA with flash and original display box + Olympus 35 RC for $5 each. Both in excellent condition and fully functional. I saw a post on Craigslist for some "old Olympus film cameras" and recognized what was there from the photo.
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-08-2017   #110
Registered User
Kenzie is offline
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 48
Recently picked up an Olympus Mju ii and an Olympus XA2 for about £3 each from a car boot sale. My best is probably an Envoy Wide Angle for £2.50.
  Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 19:04.

vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.