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Old 12-11-2015   #1
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Igor's Camera Exchange

I just wanted to give a shout out to Igor at Igor's Camera Exchange.

Igor's Camera Exchange

I don't see him get mentioned here often but the things I've purchased from him over the last five years have been at good prices, and in nicer condition than his rating system led me to believe.

Just received a Canon FD 50mm f1.4 SSC lens from him that looks like it just left the factory, at about half the price of a similar lens from B&H.

If you're looking for older camera gear, you might want to consider his shop.

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PS: I have no connection with his business, aside from being a happy customer.
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Old 12-11-2015   #2
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+1. I have also purchased a rare lens from him, and I couldn't have been more pleased.
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Old 12-11-2015   #3
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Shouldn't have looked at that link.
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Old 12-11-2015   #4
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+1 Bought an unusual and hard to find item for an experiment. (Tele conversion on cell phone with Zeiss Mutar for Rollei 16). Didn't work out, even though the item was in good condition, as advertised, and fairly priced-- very accommodating with a hassle-free return. Would definitely recommend Igor's for other purchases.
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Old 12-11-2015   #5
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I bought a Pentax 67 from him, but it came with a defective focusing screen. Didn't work out for me, but communication was very nice.
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Old 12-11-2015   #6
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I just bought a mint condition 12504 Leica lens shade from him. He was about $70 cheaper than the next best price for the same condition that I could find.
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Ive bought many things, shhhhhhhh! Delete this post Tim!
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Old 12-11-2015   #8
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Igor provides an excellent service at reasonable prices. As mentioned already, his ratings are very conservative.
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Thanks for the lead
Old 12-11-2015   #9
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Thanks for the lead

Dear Tim,

I'd never heard of Igor but thanks to you I have his site saved as a favorite. You're not getting any kind of spiff for this are you?

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Old 12-11-2015   #10
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Igor has been always good to me. Years ago, I bought an Elmarit 28mm from him. It came with the warning that it had some separation, so it was priced low enough to buy it and have it repaired. Then, in 2010, I bought a nice Nikon RF kit for a slightly below market price and it came with case and original lens hood. I sent a Paypal payment on a Thursday afternoon and the camera came in on a Saturday! I have no idea of what he did...

If you look for references on him you'll find those who say that his ratings are "optimistic", but that hasn't been my experience. I keep his site bookmarked and... I check it out often.

So, there goes another endorsement.
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Igor's Camera Exchange
Old 12-11-2015   #11
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Igor's Camera Exchange

Bought a user v3 'cron from him a couple of weeks ago. Largest shipping-box-to-item size ratio of any product I have ever received. Lens is great.
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Ive bought many things, shhhhhhhh! Delete this post Tim!
Ditto—shhh Tim! I'm planning on buying some more stuff from him soon myself.
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Old 12-11-2015   #13
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As I mentioned in my original post, I have no connection to Igor's Camera Exchange aside from being a happy customer. I just realized that the collapsible cron in my avatar picture I purchased from Igor. It was priced the same as they were going for on eBay, but it had just received a full CLA from DAG. So there you go.
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I'll tell you something else abut Igor: He's one of the best friends you will ever have.
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I'm also a big fan of Igor. i have gotten three or four items from him and have been thoroughly satisfied. The last item was a Summitar 50/2 that looked
like it was just made! Ecstatically happy with it still! I even called him back to thank him for it. It is one of my very best lenses.
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Back in the "golden era" of camera shows, Igor frequently made it up to the Detroit-area. I met him there. Nice guy with a great collection of camera gear. Definitely can recommend him.

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Jim, he still does from time to time.

I chatted with him shortly at this years Photorama.

Although he doesn't usually bring much to sell unless you request it of him a few days in advance of the show.
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Dear Tim,

I hope you weren't offended by my comment about you getting a spiff from Igor because I was just messing around. I truly do appreciate the new lead for used gear, as I probably would have never found his site via Google.

I also appreciate hearing so many positive endorsements from fellow RFF members. In today's world it seems that we always hear about bad shopping experiences in seconds but the good ones seem to go relatively unnoticed? I am old school and greatly prefer to shop in person and see and handle things before buying. Unfortunately I really don't have any options for purchasing camera gear within a reasonable distance of me. Seeing a thread like this and hearing so many positive comments makes it much easier for me decide to spend money with someone I've never met.

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Old 12-12-2015   #20
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+ 1 for Igor

Purchased some nice Leica Gear over the years.
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I bought something from them years ago. Don't remember what it was (probably a Leica M lens), but I do remember I was happy with the purchase and subsequently checked with them for items whenever I was in the market for something Used.
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I just bought a mint condition 12504 Leica lens shade from him. He was about $70 cheaper than the next best price for the same condition that I could find.
It showed up today and I cannot tell it apart from new. these new are almost $300 (if I include tax) so I am very very happy.
I'm going to be using Igor again.
$133 vs $300...
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When I used Leica stuff, I used to get stuff here at times.
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Another plus for Igor. He did a return for me awhile ago, no questions asked, instant refund, with apologies. Stand-up guy when stuff happens.
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When I used Leica stuff, I used to get stuff here at times.
He sells lots of other stuff too, not just Leica.
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He sells lots of other stuff too, not just Leica.
No way, really!?



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Jeeze I forgot about Igor...this thread is way dangerous for GAS addicts.
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I've known Igor for years. He's a terrific guy and one of the best camera sellers. Great nventory and really nice to deal with.
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Yes way.

He has stuff from Alpa
He has stuff from Canon
He has stuff from Nikon
He has stuff from Contax
He has stuff from Zeiss
He has stuff from

Oh, darn , you got me with the rolly eyes...

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Yes way.

I couldn't resist. I guess I just meant that I thought it was a good source for Leica stuff at the time I needed it. I generally use more modern / fixed lens digital equipment otherwise... Sony, Fuji, Ricoh, Nikon G, etc.
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I couldn't resist. I guess I just meant that I thought it was a good source for Leica stuff at the time I needed it. I generally use more modern / fixed lens digital equipment otherwise... Sony, Fuji, Ricoh, Nikon G, etc.

I don't blame you. But I think that others may have thought that Igor was for RFs/Leica only. At least that is what I thought!
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I learned he is not very good with email. I've repeatedly asked for photos of some of his items but he never replied. Just bit the bullet and asked for the camera described as mint. Then he replied with a paypal invoice.

He emails me a tracking number a couple of days later but after three days the item hasn't been shipped yet (dropped at the PO). Hard to deal especially if you are not from the US.

Crossing my fingers though
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I've known Igor for years. He's the best!
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I've both bought and sold to Igor. I was in the photo business for 36 years and he is one of the most trustworthy people that I've ever known. If you have a problem with anything that you buy from him and he isn't responsive to the problem it means he did not get the message.
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I've bought a couple of things through his store on the 'bay. I've been happy.
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I learned he is not very good with email. I've repeatedly asked for photos of some of his items but he never replied. Just bit the bullet and asked for the camera described as mint. Then he replied with a paypal invoice.

He emails me a tracking number a couple of days later but after three days the item hasn't been shipped yet (dropped at the PO). Hard to deal especially if you are not from the US.

Crossing my fingers though

I'd say call him if you're feeling uneasy. I talked to him on the phone a few weeks ago and he was very nice to deal with.
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I've met with him dozens of times (as he does live in my area) and I have nothing but the highest regard for Igor. He is my number one go-to in terms of gear! Very knowledgeable and stands behind his items. I've bought probably 20 items from him and have been nothing but 100% satisfied.

I couldn't recommend anyone higher... although I'd say Camera West is right up there with him.
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