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Registered: March 2012
Location: Corvallis, OR

   Inexpensive Fixed-Lens Rangefinders
Quantity Views Date Posted
1 1954 Sat February 10, 2018
Asking Price Shipping Amount Condition
$45.00 $13.00 Good
Description:

I cannot use all the cameras in my camera closet, so here are a few fun rangefinder cameras. 

I have used all of these cameras (with a couple exceptions) with actual film, but I have not used any of them for at least a year, and some for several years.  I note in the descriptions which have been checked for function and which have issues.  All have been kept in my camera cabinet with low humidity and pleasant temperatures, but none of these are "mint".  Not even ebay mint.

I checked shipping costs for these things and it appears the flat-rate box in the U.S. is the best option ($13).  Outside the U.S. I suspect the shipping costs would make these cameras impractical, but I once had a person buy a camera for $5 and paid the $47 shipping to Romania.  Overall, I wish shipping were cheaper for such inexpensive cameras...

1. Canon QL-17 G-III:  This guy works well.  I noticed that it wants a correct battery to work as intended -- I still have a few PX-625 mercury batteries and this camera works fine with one (not included).  Will work with modern 1.5v  batteries, but the battery-check light won't indicate and the meter readings would probably be off.  Use the Wein cells or an adapter (e.g., the MR-9).  The viewfinder is hazy, but usable.  There is a "ding" near the wind lever.  I ran film through this camera a little over a year ago (Latin music festival).  Overall its nice.  I had to have it after seeing the John Waters film "Pecker".   Filter and cap.  Asking $45 -- SOLD

3.  Yashica Electro-35 GSN:  Film through this about 1.5 years ago.  Just checked it out and it works well in all functions.  Again, I think the viewfinder is hazy, but I am spoiled by the viewfinders of my "working" cameras.  Cap but no filter.  Asking $45

11.  Agfa Optima:  Perfectly nice camera.  I did run film through this at some point.  I'm not entirely certain how this thing works...semi automatic.  Asking $10 or even better would be an interesting darkroom print of your work.

I wish the shipping costs for these inexpensive cameras was less.  For most of these it will run $13.  Combined shipping would be better, I would use the USPS Medium Size Flat Rate box which would fit a few of these cams.

Prefer PayPal.  Appreciate "gift" or fee-adjusted.

Offers, stories, good jokes all entertained.  I'd like these things to live in homes where they're appreciated.

 

Keywords: Fixed-lens Rangefinder Canon Minolta Yashica Olympus Petri

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ChrisPlatt
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Comment Date: Sat February 10, 2018
PM sent for Konica C35V.


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Comment Date: Sat February 10, 2018
Olympus XA2 ! Someone get it. Great prices Jeff!

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Andy, I'm taking several for the team, but the XA2 is not one of them. But you need it!


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f16sunshine
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I have one Dante... would be too greedy to take another. These prices are great!

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PM for the XA2 sent.

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Archlich
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The AF-C is nice and unique! But not a copy though. Released in 1982, it's 2 years senior to the original 1984 LC-A.
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Thanks Archlich! I never knew who copied who with those models. I was hoping it was a Minolta innovation...
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PM Sent


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