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What were you best gear finds of 2015?
Old 12-25-2015   #1
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What were you best gear finds of 2015?

Was camera Santa good to your camera bag this year ?

Share your best finds along with the ones that alas,
got away.

I am really amazed at all the great film cameras that sell next to nothing these days.
When introduced the pellicle mirrored Canon EOS RT sold for close to $1000.
I stole a mint one off ebay in the box for $50.

What are your proudest finds?
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Old 12-25-2015   #2
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Not a huge deal in the scheme of things, but I found an Olympus XA with A11 flash for 50 cents at a thrift shop the other day. It needed dusting off and will need new seals, but otherwise seems fine. And I already have enough seal material on hand from one of Jon Goodman's kits.
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This one cost me £40 without the lens.

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This year spent on film and prints more than on gear, on film gear. Other than that, added Pentax K-S1 mainly for video and also digital stills, as it's able to do both. Amazing what they offer for this price these days.
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My Rolleiflex 2.8C Planar that I found for $350.
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A free box of New55 4X5 Instant film (plus negative). Normally costs $85.00 USD. For some reason, the company CEO gifted me a box.

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Rigid Summicron 50mm for $50 after selling off the M2 it came with. Then another $100 for a CLA on it, so $150 total.
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Also, I was given a Bessa R with CV 35/2.5, and a Minolta Autocord.
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I spent my money mainly on film, paper and chemicals. But I must say that Panasonic LX100 is the best bang for the buck camera I've ever purchased new. And it made me feel connected to digital work in non-professional sense for the first time in ages. Besides that, I've shot film, tons of it. Mainly MF but still more then 100m of 135 in addition to it.

Best investment in terms of enjoyment however was a "new" enlarger Beseller 45M.
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nabbed a brand new linhof 3414 tripod for $100.
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M3 DS, Summicron 50 col, Summitar 35/3.5 w/goggles, lens shade and Leitz filters for these, 90/4 w/ bubble, 135/4.5 w/bubble and an ugly but accurate Leica meter w/ incident plate; all for $375.
We have a winner! Congrats.
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Pentax *ist DL from KEH, marked as not working due to power issues, $10. Turned out to just be finicky about the batteries, plus 3700 shutter actuations makes it basically new.

To put on it, a Tamron AF IF aspherical 28-300, marked as non-functional on eBay, $15. Works great on all my Pentax dslr bodies.

I can't believe my good fortune. Both could have turned out badly.
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M3 DS, Summicron 50 col, Summitar 35/3.5 w/goggles, lens shade and Leitz filters for these, 90/4 w/ bubble, 135/4.5 w/bubble and an ugly but accurate Leica meter w/ incident plate; all for $375.
Wow! What a deal!
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We have a winner! Congrats.
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Not really a 'find' but my long awaited Travelwide 90 finally arrived, in late October.
After a bit of touch up work to smooth the helical action I quite like it. Worth every penny of the pledge amount and then some.
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My introduction to the Fuji X system with a like new XE1 + 18-55 zoom lens for $420. Not a steal, but a good price.
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Old 12-25-2015   #17
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Nice RS.. A Bruck of a camera but the pellicile mirror gives the rf feeling!
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An X-Pro1 w/ 18-55 for $550 on the bay. Not a steal, but the kit is near mint and since the seller was a pawn shop, I gave a sign of relief when it turned out to be a good purchase.
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My Rolleiflex 2.8C Planar that I found for $350.
Same for me.
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Rigid Summicron 50mm for $50 after selling off the M2 it came with. Then another $100 for a CLA on it, so $150 total.
Pretty much the same for me.
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Original EOS 1ds with 1200 actuations for $ 350. It still smells like new
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M3 DS, Summicron 50 col, Summitar 35/3.5 w/goggles, lens shade and Leitz filters for these, 90/4 w/ bubble, 135/4.5 w/bubble and an ugly but accurate Leica meter w/ incident plate; all for $375.
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Well, not a steal, but perhaps a bargain, in a sense... an APO Summicron 50mm discounted 12% by Leica for the currency exchange-rate, plus another 12% off by the seller as it was a demo item. Availability finally caught up with demand, as one would not have seen this kind of pricing a year ago.
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It's been the year where I've (mostly) ceased accumulating gear for fun, and made fewer (larger) purchases.

In terms of fun, the flea market Minolta Talker has been very entertaining.

In terms of work, I got a couple of the Sigma Art lenses for a bit under RRP, and they're giving me some serious joy.
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A friend of mine gave me a mamiya c330 body, and "Santa" gave me a chrome 80/2.8!
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Picked up a second Leica IIIc (unmarked "K") camera that was delivered to the US forces of the occupation in 1945... for a whoppin' $125.

All those savings went to the CLA of a 50mm f/2.5 Hektor lens though.
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A IIIc for AUD$170 (USD$124) at a camera market.
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An Olympus XA with A16 flash for $36.00 including shipping 👍

It's my 3rd XA but my first with the bigger A16 flash. Seller said it was not working but when I got it I took out the old battery, cleaned up the battery compartment and put in a new one and PRESTO, it works perfectly !

Not as good a deal as Gerry M's deal though, you scored big in that one 👍👍
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Not a camera, but I scored a Broncolor Mobilite kit at a local auction for $150. Replaced the dead battery and now I have a pretty nice mobile lighting system. Took one look at the cost of modifiers and decided pretty quickly that I'm sticking to umbrellas for it though.
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Old 12-25-2015   #34
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Bought a Contax IIa with 5cm Sonnar 1.5 for $100

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Mint M2

I got a mint, button rewind M2 from Sherry. It looks new and was not cheap but after she went thru it, I basically have a new film Leica for one third the price of the MA.

It matches my other button rewind M2. Both are from 1959 and are so similar I have to put tape on one so I can remember which is color and which is b&w.
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I'd have to say it was getting a Gitzo GT0531 carbon fiber tripod with a Really Right Stuff ball head for $16
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Nikon F100/50 1.4 €100
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Minolta V3 for $25 AUD. Seller said it wasn't working, but it was just the film counter that was malfunctioning. Plus I don't think he realised it was a double stroke wind.
Esay fix, now it works just like a bought one.
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Not in financial terms... I had been searching for a small digital to complement the dSLR and film kits, something for intimate settings, low light, light weight, good focus, and manual controls. I ended up with a short list and selected the X100T... it's been a couple of months now shooting in-camera JPGs and using face detection. For my situation it was a good additional bit of gear.

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Found a second Mamiya 70mm 2.8 Leaf shutter lens (the first one has glass too cloudy to use but otherwise perfect condition...) works perfectly and has nice clear glass...
Pulled out a Mamiya m645 1000s body that had questionable slow shutter speeds and put the two together...found a WLF for a great price and now I have another usable 645 SLR...$70 for the WLF, $70 for the lens...body was free...
I've run two rolls of film through it and got good results...going to keep that set-up together...forever...
Almost forgot...I bought two Schneider/Kreuznach lenses...90mm f/8 Super-Angulon
and a 210mm f/5.6 APO-Symmar, both mounted on TOYO boards...paid $100 for both.
Most of what I've bought this year were lenses...but only at bargain prices when I could find them...
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