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Henryzx
10-09-2008, 15:20
Sorry, this isn't a rf, but I have to let it out.....saw this beauty seating inside the glass case with whole bunch of Time "color optic" cameras lol. an OM-4t in pristine condition (I couldn't tell from new) with 2 zuikos, 1 50mm f1.4 and 1 50mm 3.5 Macro, plus a brown leather case...for $120. I just couldn't believe my eyes. Anyhow just want to share my t with yall. btw, also got a brand new vivitar 285HV flash for 10 bucks....couldn't ask for a better day. :D

sweathog
10-09-2008, 15:26
Well ruddy done.

capitalK
10-09-2008, 15:29
I spend far too much time at thrift stores hoping for the same kind of find. I've done pretty well but nothing that good!

Stop telling people, it'll be more competition for us when there's more bargain hunters :D

pesphoto
10-09-2008, 15:36
very nice find. Last weekend I found an argus brick in an antiques store for $7.
Almost scored a YAshica GSN as well, but it was a mess so I left it behind.

raid
10-09-2008, 15:39
I bought a Voighlander Prominent with 50/1.5 Nokton and 35mm/4.5 plus viewfinder for $75.

The OM4T used to be my goal to find ...

Henryzx
10-09-2008, 15:45
It was so insanely unreal at the time I paid for it, my hands was shaking as if I was stealing something from the store...lol...in the course of 10 yrs since I started to visit those thrift stores, this is the second luck and best so far...the first time was a $5 35RD.



I spend far too much time at thrift stores hoping for the same kind of find. I've done pretty well but nothing that good!

Stop telling people, it'll be more competition for us when there's more bargain hunters :D

Nikon Bob
10-09-2008, 15:47
Good scoup on a great camera and lenses.

Bob

sooner
10-09-2008, 16:09
I think you are morally obligated not to hang on to the camera...so send it to me! Good find, and happy hunting. Just before seeing your post, I was wondering if the financial crisis will have all kinds of people dumping product on the Bay. Who knows, we'll all be trying to eat our cameras if this keeps up.

oftheherd
10-09-2008, 16:09
I gotten a few bargains myself, so I know the rush you felt. Congrats!!!

charjohncarter
10-09-2008, 16:21
Great, a good deal, but the flash was the best deal.

Henryzx
10-09-2008, 17:43
lol...I almost felt off my chair reading ur comment....send it to you...NO....eat my cameras (if there's a depression)...YES..lol



I think you are morally obligated not to hang on to the camera...so send it to me! Good find, and happy hunting. Just before seeing your post, I was wondering if the financial crisis will have all kinds of people dumping product on the Bay. Who knows, we'll all be trying to eat our cameras if this keeps up.

alan davus
10-09-2008, 18:06
Mongrel, hope the bloody thing is broken. If not enjoy it and good luck. Mongrel.

Henryzx
10-09-2008, 20:29
tested it...Perrrrfect. Thank you :)


Mongrel, hope the bloody thing is broken. If not enjoy it and good luck. Mongrel.

David Murphy
10-09-2008, 20:46
Every once in a while one can score big at a thrift store. I picked up a Leica I (a) for $20 once (it was worth $400-500). These deals are few and far between however.

Al Kaplan
10-09-2008, 20:57
In a lot of thrift stores you can make an offer. Ask them to throw in the flash and maybe take $100 for everything after they turn down your initial offer of $75. After all, it's just a "junky old film camera" without a built in flash. (Don't ever let them see the gleam in your eyes!)

Henryzx
10-09-2008, 23:31
see that I don't have the bargaining skill...for the OM-4t of this condition with those two lenses, I'd take it in a heart beat even if they asked for $220..let alone asking to include the 285hv..lol...like I said, I felt like committing shop lifting at that time ..lol...




In a lot of thrift stores you can make an offer. Ask them to throw in the flash and maybe take $100 for everything after they turn down your initial offer of $75. After all, it's just a "junky old film camera" without a built in flash. (Don't ever let them see the gleam in your eyes!)

Spyderman
10-10-2008, 00:09
OMG ! :eek:

I paid € 200 for mine... :bang:

OM-4Ti is THE best manual focus SLR camera in the world. Enjoy it.

kuzano
10-10-2008, 08:14
see that I don't have the bargaining skill...for the OM-4t of this condition with those two lenses, I'd take it in a heart beat even if they asked for $220..let alone asking to include the 285hv..lol...like I said, I felt like committing shop lifting at that time ..lol...

No Crime!!! Ask and ye may receive.

I picked up a Canon EF (The Black Beauty) in Excellent Plus condition. I never use the word MINT, but .......

No brassing and a 1.4 lens with cap. Everything worked. One of the few excellent SLR cameras using mercury 625 cells that has circuitry to adjust for later 1.5 batteries designed in.

$60.

Eventually sold it for $300.

I am never to proud to be seen in a Goodwill Super Store. It's incredible how many fine things some people donate.

Platinum RF
10-10-2008, 08:39
I pick up a New Om4Ti in the box in a trash can, still have the original stick. It is the orginal Titanum color not black. I am hoping I can pick upo a occean blue jem stone some day If I am keeping dig artound the trash.

JohnTF
10-10-2008, 08:58
No Crime!!! Ask and ye may receive.

I picked up a Canon EF (The Black Beauty) in Excellent Plus condition. I never use the word MINT, but .......

No brassing and a 1.4 lens with cap. Everything worked. One of the few excellent SLR cameras using mercury 625 cells that has circuitry to adjust for later 1.5 batteries designed in.

$60.

Eventually sold it for $300.

I am never to proud to be seen in a Goodwill Super Store. It's incredible how many fine things some people donate.


I hope more generous than incredible, that said, I donate clothing, some of which has the tags on it, I just did not return it, so better to go to the thrift shops, especially warm stuff in the winter. I also arranged for a donation of a $10,000 mini lab to the local high school.

If you walked in to a camera shop with this rig, they might offer you $25, so perhaps the person who donated it did just that and thought better to donate it.

I have a lot of cameras, read, a lot, and many do not look like much, in fact many are not much, but I have no illusions that someone will access and rationally sell it all when I disappear someplace.

I just tell my friends to watch for the yard sale, all those old Fuji's and Lickas, will be outside, am hoping it does not rain, and hoping the people who get the stuff will enjoy and post. Would be nice if the bits and pieces end up with the right cameras.

I sometimes sit behind a table at a camera show, and I try hard to balance the risk of buying something used and a problem child and the potential for something very enjoyable. Have bought some clunkers, (Anyone need some Mamiya 35mm camera lenses?) but have bought some bags of goodies at a hundred dollars more than others were offering.

The M3 with three lenses and accessories for $500 comes to mind, but I did have the camera CLA'd, traded what I did not "need", and kept the rest -- it happens, and this story is not old enough to have grown-- " Well I bought that M6 for $50, and he threw in the Thambor, Tom A winder, a hundred rolls of film, and an MG TD to put it in" He was gettilng offers like $200, he wanted $500.

It is better than Vegas. Good buyers count on doing it at almost every show.

They announced that people who parked on the grass had to move their cars, so I watched a table while Hunter went to move his car, he returned with a good size box of SM Leicas and lenses, the guy did not want to pay to get in to the show, so he sold them for the asking price in the parking lot for $100. He did not even try to talk him down. ;-)

Good buyers pay a bit more at a show, KEH's buyer at the last show spent $10,000 or so for equipment KEH will sell for $30,000.

And finally, I hope when people get these deals, I hope they remember the beginners who would give them a good home when they are ready to part with them.

I hope A RFF member bought the Fed 5 with the Jupiter 12 that sold for $22 last night I ebay, I posted the URL in my post and refrained from bidding as it would be just for money if I bought it, and I would not care to drive the price up against a fellow "artist", plus I have one. Maybe he will give the body away to some beginner?

Am sure the thrift people put the money to good use, congratulations for the efforts that paid off.

Regards, John

januaryman
10-10-2008, 11:49
You're all killing me here with these stories.... Stop. Please! I can't take it any more. My life savings are in the toilet as of today and these tales just too much to take.

NIKON KIU
10-10-2008, 12:26
Everyone's savings are in the toilet this week.

BUY MORE CAMERAS ;)

Kiu

Henryzx
10-10-2008, 15:33
John, Well said....for those who don't dare to look at their investment portfolio (including me) today... go buy some camera (classic/neo classic of course), prob. a better investment option :). Just started the first roll on it today, will post the result soon. Good luck hunting guys.

bhop73
10-10-2008, 16:01
Pardon my ignorance, but what "should" this camera cost?

Henryzx
10-10-2008, 16:12
Pardon my ignorance, but what "should" this camera cost?


from good to brand new condition price varied from $400 to $1,200 . Black price slightly higher than Titanium color.

Nikon Bob
10-10-2008, 16:14
Everyone's savings are in the toilet this week.

BUY MORE CAMERAS ;)

Kiu

You still got a toilet after today?

Bob

racoll
10-10-2008, 17:59
Congrats on a great camera day! A few weeks ago I was at our local flea market and found an Exakta VX with 2 Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar f/2 lenses for a total price of $50! Then 2 weeks later I found an Olympus 35-S and a Voigtlander Bessa 46, each for $20. I love when things like that happen. I'm happy for you; what a good day!

Erik L
10-10-2008, 19:22
Everyone's savings are in the toilet this week.

BUY MORE CAMERAS ;)

Kiu

i have! oh i have! this year at least 6 lenses. i see my savings account NOT keeping up with inflation and i got sick of it and want my money in something tangeable.....
i can see just putting a few hundred in kodachrome alone.

Henryzx
10-11-2008, 12:32
joining its other "black" siblings :)

ChrisN
10-11-2008, 12:53
Pardon my ignorance, but what "should" this camera cost?

The standard reference is KEH.com.

http://www.keh.com/OnLineStore/CategoryTableOfContents.aspx?Mode=&item=0&ActivateTOC2=true&ID=26&BC=OM&BCC=1

Body about $400
50 macro lens about $120
50/1.4 lens about $120

So - a good deal for the buyer. ;)

nvnusman
11-12-2008, 22:24
Bought my OM4T on eBay this month for about $250 with 1.8 50mm. Better shape than expected, probably 8+. Several OM4T's and 4Ti's listed now. Maybe folks ARE unloading? But just try to get your hands on an MD2 with motor-rewind or a 250-exposure back! Yeah, yeah, yeah!!! What are these questions doing on an RF forum? Well, at least I DO have an Argus brick and an XA. (Oops! That's an XA1, which doesn't even focus!) Well, there's also my OM88, which could qualify as a motor-driven RF for that split-screen prism in the finder, couldn't it? Huh? Huh?

Lani Kai
11-12-2008, 23:26
The Hasselblad SWC/M kit that I was unable to sell here was originally purchased for $900.

simonSE15
11-13-2008, 01:30
inspired by this I went looking and couldnt believe my eyes when I found a zuiko 24mm 2.8 in the second charity shop I went in! cost me £20 and not in great cosmetic condition. but still a nice find and I wanted one anyway. :)

Henryzx
11-24-2008, 18:48
OM porn..:) under the lens of my new OM-4t :)

John Hermanson
12-04-2008, 04:31
Woah, nice find! What's so special about a 3Ti, 4T, 4Ti? Real titanium top and bottom cover for one thing. BTW, 4T/Ti are identical except for designation on top. John, www.zuiko.com

Al Kaplan
12-04-2008, 06:02
I'm saying this as someone who was married to an antique shop owner, still friends with her, and know a bunch of other dealers. They're all looking to turn a profit, and keep turning over their money. Some will sell the better stuff on Ebay or at shows. It's common practice to sell things to other dealers who have a more upscale customer base. There are what are known in the trade as "pickers", people who hit every yard sale they can find, buying saleable stuff for peanuts, and then reselling to retail dealers. Others specialize in "buy-outs" or "clean-outs", where an elderly person dies or goes into a nusing home, the kids usually living in another state or just to lazy to sell the stuff. The dealer picks out the good stuff for herself, holds a yard sale for the rest, and what doesn't get sold is donated to a thrift shop. Everything from lawnmowers and old clothes to expensive porcelain figurines has to be out of the house! And yes, cameras too.

At each stage everybody wants to make money. For the most part nobody knows squat about photography equipment. They just hope to double or maybe triple their money, and if they can do it the same day all the better. One elderly lady who had given up her shop used to sell on Ebay. When she got camera stuff I'd help her with photographing everything worth listing on Ebay, write the ad copy for the camera stuff and give her an idea what the reserve should be. In exchange I'd get 10% of the money and on occasion some free little stuff such as 8 Leica cassettes. Another dealer asked me if I'd like to buy a "sack of old cameras for $500". I found out later that he was the only bidder at an estate auction and the sack went for $25. I got a few Leicas, including an M2, an M3, a CL, an assortment of Leitz lenses, plus a Minolta Autocord, a 150mm Hassleblad Sonnar, and a bunch of "little stuff". An hour later I'd sold the 'blad lens to my repair guy for a CLA on the M3 plus $600 cash. Bill was thrilled that he'd turned $25 into $500 an hour after he'd left the auction. He later told me that he suspected it was worth big bucks when I didn't make a counter offer of maybe $300.

Don't be afraid to make a lowball offer. A lot of "thrift shops" solicit donations but are not connected to any kind of charity. They're money making businesses. That pristine Pentax Spotmatic might not have cost them a penny. It might have a $50 price tag on it but they might accept an offer of $10.

Get to know what a wide range of photo equipment sells for on Ebay. You might be looking for Leica stuff but a clean Rolleiflex for $20 can be sold at a tidy profit. Always sell the "little stuff" seperately. Sell that 50mm Summicron by itself. It'll bring almost as much as it will with hood and front and rear caps and UV filter on it, but the "little stuff" might bring as much as the lens itself will.

Don't forget to ALWAYS offer your finds here on the forum first...LOL

Olsen
12-04-2008, 06:19
The Olympus were very good cameras with a very large viewfinder. The best in the business, back in it's days. They are not very reliable and most of them sold 2.hand for a few years ago did not work properly. Had it to do with leaky batteries...?

The Vivitar is a far better buy, to my opinion. 10 $ for a fully working pro flash is very cheap. Do you have pictures of it?

Henryzx
12-07-2008, 11:56
I've own 10+ OM bodies (most are OM-1,2,3 to 4t) over the years never had any problem with them except OM-2sp and OM-40 (PC), they are the most problematic. The rest of the OM line are pretty much solid/bullet proof reliable even the OM-2000.

Anyhow, this is picture of the flash

The Olympus were very good cameras with a very large viewfinder. The best in the business, back in it's days. They are not very reliable and most of them sold 2.hand for a few years ago did not work properly. Had it to do with leaky batteries...?

The Vivitar is a far better buy, to my opinion. 10 $ for a fully working pro flash is very cheap. Do you have pictures of it?

myequation
12-07-2008, 12:32
I purchased a Rolleiflex F and E model for $40 shipped.

These were some mislabled/miscategorized auctions online, they were untested but still $40 who cares.

I watched the ups tracking number constantly waiting for my goodies.

While I was at work it was "delivered"
I rushed home on my lunch break.

No box....
asked my neighbors..
no box.

It was gone, who knows what happened.

Even to this day I still look in the bushes around the house hoping to find a weathered box.


sighhh

retro
12-18-2008, 07:01
Great score! I once found a Nikon RF at a thrift store for $5.

mark-b
02-16-2009, 17:41
Good find; great rescue! (imagine if someone with no inkling knowledge of photography got a hold of this and wrecked it with wd40!). horrors.

bucks11
02-16-2009, 18:32
Nice grab!

My Thrifty stops never seem to pay off, but I do like to make a weekend habit out of it if I'm in town...

Chriscrawfordphoto
02-16-2009, 20:06
Nothing like that EVER shows up in any thrift shop where I live. The employees take anything of value and ebay it before it ever makes it to the sales floor.

You got an INCREDIBLE deal. The OM-4T is the best OM camera, you'll love it. OM cameras are NOT unreliable. The OM-2S ate batteries too fast, but it was reliable and didn't break down. The 4t had no common problems at all.

freeranger
02-16-2009, 21:18
After walking over to see the reason for my expletives, my wife has told me to be happy for you. Lucky *******!!!!