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Krosya
04-26-2009, 17:24
Here is an auction I came across:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=120410897393

I thought these were FAR cheaper. More like $20-30. If someone was willing to pay $250 for 35RC, I wonder how much 35 RD would go for? Thoughts?

colyn
04-26-2009, 17:30
Will the winner really pay??

I wonder....

literiter
04-26-2009, 17:32
Just in case one should get too excited about this look at the bid history.

back alley
04-26-2009, 17:32
worth more than 20 bucks though...maybe $100.in good shape.

joe

Solinar
04-26-2009, 17:38
Dang! I still have an 35RC - the full kit with original hood and filters.

back alley
04-26-2009, 17:45
Dang! I still have an 35RC - the full kit with original hood and filters.

me too, i bought it new in 71 or 72 iirc.
has oly uv filter and hood.

i had it cla'd a few years back but have not used it since.

it was my first camera.

Krosya
04-26-2009, 17:49
Just in case one should get too excited about this look at the bid history.

You are right! I didnt look at that at first. Just bizzar!

gavinlg
04-26-2009, 17:50
If thats representative of what they go for I'll sell mine right now! Any takers?

I'm not a huge Oly RC fan - aperture ring bothers me mainly and the pincushion distortion. But Shhh! Don't tell the overenthusiastic ebay buyers that!

ZeissFan
04-26-2009, 17:52
I've owned two of these. I didn't pay more than $30 for either of them. For $250, you can get a much better rangefinder: Vitessa, Contax, maybe a Leica LTM, a Zeiss Ikon Contessa or a medium format camera (Rolleiflex Automat, Voigtlander Bessa) or many other cameras.

People are simply paying silly prices for the 1970s-era rangefinders.

These were and are good cameras but weren't top-of-the-line gear then or now.

So, yes, it is ridiculous.

John Hermanson
04-26-2009, 19:13
The last RC I sold went for $125, it had all new foam, a cleaned rangefinder and was converted to the silver oxide battery. Any price someone is willing to pay is the going price. John, www.zuiko.com

Krosya
04-27-2009, 05:03
Considering that CLA is $100 at zuiko.com, makes it really $25, right? ;)

John Hermanson
04-27-2009, 06:36
35RC cla LIST is usually $79 + shipping. John, www.zuiko.com

charjohncarter
04-27-2009, 06:38
The shipping was reasonable though.

ColinW
04-27-2009, 09:04
This is being discussed in the previous thread in the Olympus RF forum, 'Photography's Holy Grail?'. Click on the link I left in post #15. It's happening everywhere.

Ronald_H
04-27-2009, 09:33
Strange... bought a Canonet GIII QL17 a year ago. 20 euros, near the end of a camera show. It's in really good shape, but has obviously been used. Despite the fact that Stephen tells us in one of his articles that millions have been sold, it was pretty hard to find.

Still, no big deal.

But half a year later, I saw at another camera show the identical twin of my Canonet. Age and condition were the same. Advertised price? 225 euros! Don't think it sold for that, but it makes you wonder. Will all the analogue gear I have collected in the last few years become a goldmine?

bagdadchild
04-30-2009, 07:02
Another one just sold for £250 ($370) on eday...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=280335303750

I paid 30 Euros for mine a few weeks ago, in excellent condition it wasnt on eday for sure...

btgc
04-30-2009, 07:51
Midas has touched 35RC's so they cost now accordingly :)

While internet is great to share and learn, it's really boring how some cameras or lenses get overpriced after they have been praised enough. Canonet III QL17 is good example, while regular Canonet doesn't seem to be victim of such vanity.

Do this price jump happened after Ken Rockwell has reviewed RC? If it's Ken's review then let me note that Stephen Gandy years ago has written it's gem in it's class. Maybe digital shooters, reading Ken have got idea of RealRaw?

I don't have facts on hands, so no conclusions though I'd love to know what exactly drove price up.

sevo
04-30-2009, 08:48
Well, in this case it was Sauli Särkkä - a known and capable camera modder. Whether you like that kind of thing is a matter of taste, but he certainly does precision finishes with fine material.

But 250 UKP is steep for a pimped RC nonetheless - it might be the Ken Rockwell boost that accounted for the rest.

John Hermanson
04-30-2009, 10:19
It's very nice when one finds a good deal or steal on classic all-metal RF. There are no rules that that should always be the case, we can only hope for it. A year or so ago I sold an original M-1 instruction book (in Japanese) for $380. If only every day were like that. John, www.zuiko.com

Darkhorse
04-30-2009, 17:24
Ken gave the RC some props again today.

What did the RC originally sell for when it was new by the way (adjusted for inflation)?

ZeissFan
04-30-2009, 17:49
I wonder if the price increases is because of digital photographers delving into or returning to film.

If they happen to be a digital-only photographer, then they might be used to overpaying for their gear. And when they buy a film camera, they don't realize that they're paying too much, because they're used to paying too much already.

Or it could be that eBay buyers are simply people with too much money and too little sense.

racoll
05-01-2009, 19:30
I wonder if the price increases is because of digital photographers delving into or returning to film.

If they happen to be a digital-only photographer, then they might be used to overpaying for their gear. And when they buy a film camera, they don't realize that they're paying too much, because they're used to paying too much already.

Or it could be that eBay buyers are simply people with too much money and too little sense.

In my case it's sometimes "too little money and not enough sense!"

Andy

ruben
05-03-2009, 09:40
It seems to be the season:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390047534627&ssPageName=MERCOSI_VI_ROSI_PR4_PCN_BIX&refitem=120410897393&itemcount=4&refwidgetloc=closed_view_item&refwidgettype=osi_widget&_trksid=p284.m263&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC%26its%3DI%252BC%252BP%252BS%2 52BIA%26itu%3DFICS%252BUFI%252BUA%252BIA%252BUCI%2 6otn%3D4%26ps%3D10

MRohlfing
05-03-2009, 12:45
Got mine for Euro 29,- in an auction, including a case, battery, neck strap and postage.

WOW, what a great little camera! Automatic exposure and flash pictures are just perfect. And what a lens!!

Can anyone tell me what for I need my other 19 cameras?

Bill58
05-03-2009, 12:51
The RC cost approx. $100 in the early 1970s as I recall. I bought one then. BTW--does Sauli Särkkä have a website or email address? What kind of customizing (modding) does he do?

Thanks,
Bill

ColinW
05-03-2009, 13:38
Now it's getting insane. :eek:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Olympus-35RC-with-Hood-and-Filters_W0QQitemZ330325655379QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK _Photography_Film_Cameras_ET?hash=item330325655379&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A13|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A0 |293%3A1|294%3A50 (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Olympus-35RC-with-Hood-and-Filters_W0QQitemZ330325655379QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK _Photography_Film_Cameras_ET?hash=item330325655379&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A13%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7 C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50)

It's a beautiful example but c'mon!

Lilserenity
05-03-2009, 13:47
Seems utterly bonkers, £250 is only £50 less than I paid for my Leica M2!

It must be the Ken Rockwell effect.

All I need him to do now is boost the profile of the Oly XA. Kerrrching!

That said, I do like my XA though the RF patch is quite pants these days.

Darkhorse
05-03-2009, 14:21
hoooly craaaaap.

Lilserenity
05-03-2009, 14:41
Now it's getting insane. :eek:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Olympus-35RC-with-Hood-and-Filters_W0QQitemZ330325655379QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK _Photography_Film_Cameras_ET?hash=item330325655379&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A13|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A0 |293%3A1|294%3A50 (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Olympus-35RC-with-Hood-and-Filters_W0QQitemZ330325655379QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK _Photography_Film_Cameras_ET?hash=item330325655379&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A13%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7 C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50)

It's a beautiful example but c'mon!

Ok I saw the £250 one and thought that's mental.

But sorry, £342?! That's more than I paid for said M2 and an MR meter, a PX625 replacement battery with 12 months warranty by £12!!!!

I'm so gutted I didn't buy one of these last year, it was a bit of a beater but it was fine for £30.

Oh well, I've got a call to make to the Government with a plan of how to repay all our national debt: Sell Olympus 35RCs ;)

Paul C. Perkins, MD
05-03-2009, 20:31
Shooting one afternoon in northern Montana last month - I found the auto-exposure feature on my RC had crapped out. I just went to manual and kept shooting. It was impossible to frame anything accurately with my Panasonic LUMIX DMC LX2 - couldn't see anything in the LCD. I've since sent the RC in for repair. Damn - I really do like my RC (and my SP).

bagdadchild
05-04-2009, 03:50
Can't be too difficult to glue a piece of goatskin onto the rc... its really sad to see... it may be a nasty surprise for someone if his or hers £343 rc breaks down after little use... the camera is lovely but it just isn't worth it... I paid 30 Euros for mine to an epay seller off epay and he said I probably overpaid him but the camera is in excellent shape..

its quite sharp but the bokeh is poor.. Ken Rockwell should stop comparing old 70s cameras to digital slr's, it doesn't help anyone but makes some poor guy rush into buying those cameras for crazy prices thinking its a 5D mkIII that fits in your shirt pocket

Darkhorse
05-04-2009, 06:00
its quite sharp but the bokeh is poor.

I love the RC but yes I agree with this. That's why I picked up an SP so compliment the RC.

literiter
05-04-2009, 07:31
The Olympus 35RC is a nice little camera, I'm sure. My opinion of this camera seems to be echoed by everyone else it seems. So I ask.....what the heck is so special about this thing?

Are we really missing something?

Were these little cameras used by someone really famous? Should I toss my Canonet and scour garage sales, Ebay and junk stores, get one and it will change my life? (if my wife found out what I'd have paid for it, my life would change)

btgc
05-04-2009, 07:36
£343 isn't even clearly stated as fully working, do I miss something? EXCL condition is fine, new skin is irrelevalent for me, battery included - good, it gives hope, but isn't guarantee AE is working, hood and odd-sized filters are OK though not worth even hundred pounds!

That said, I'm happy I were given beater 35RC (AE is dead) and I'd have to accumulate them before to finance some fancy gear now :)

Maybe people are afraid money will loose buy value sooner than RC's ?

nome_alice
06-05-2009, 01:16
i bought a 35rc for my girlfriend last year. i thought $80 aussie was a bit rich even though it was in pristine condition.

if she gets sick of it maybe i should wrap it in a $15 cameraleather kit and put it up on ebay for a few hundred bucks!

craziness...

Richard Ross
06-05-2009, 03:40
I bought my 35RC last month at the local household auction sale. It was half of a lot described as "two old cameras". The other half was a scruffy Voigtlander Brillant. I paid £12 for the pair and sold the Brillant for a fiver. The 35RC came complete with case and a UV filter, it's in very good condition, and after replacing the light seals and resoldering the corroded battery wire it works as well as new! I got an original hood too for another fiver. It's a lovely little camera, but I wouldn't pay £343 for one ...

Richard

sfb_dot_com
07-06-2009, 11:15
Well, Well, Well!

I just bought a 35RC for £2.29 at my local charity shop, in it's box with Olympus UVa filter, and lens cap. No manual, or case though. First impressions are that the light seals need replacing, the battery should have been replaced some time ago, and there are some bits of corrosion. Optically, it looks perfect, and the rangefinder focussed sweetly. Shutter sounded OK. I'll run a roll through to assess light leaks then decide what to do with it. Handling wise, it feels as though Olympus slightly overdid the miniaturisation thing, and it's not quite Leica quality. However, it feels solid and well-made, so it might be nice to carry around with a roll of HP5 or C41 in.

£343?? No way, I'd take £43! though.

My take on the ebay thing is it's a scam to drive up prices.

Spider67
07-06-2009, 11:42
....with the Canonet it was the "Pecker"-effect (A movie by John Waters) yes it could be the Rockwell effect. Bought the first one for 49 € very good condition with the UV Filter and got another one for 14 € in not so good condition......
They are really good cameras that can baffle people who think that anything older than 5 years can not be used to take a decent photo

Trius
07-06-2009, 16:15
I'm guessing it went for about $69-79 USD, not adjust for inflation.

In any event, the auction cited in the OP is rigged, IMO. Lots of games played on eBay.

David Hughes
07-07-2009, 00:13
When you are looking for one and buying they are selling for £20 or £30.

When you decide to sell it they go for 99p (the opening price).

And the next week 5 or 6 appear with prices up to £300 and 10 people fighting for them...

Insert whatever currency symbol you like.

Regards, David

pete63uk
07-16-2009, 11:35
It's probably because they are such damn fine looking cameras. Nostalgia is contageous and everyone wants to join in. Including me.