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What do you MOST regret selling?
Old 01-22-2016   #1
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What do you MOST regret selling?

What photography gear—cameras or lenses—do you most regret selling?

For me, I bought a complete black Contax G2 system, the one that came in the aluminum iHalliburton case, for a reasonable price. And I sold it—at a less than reasonable price—to purchase a Canon DSLR.

What a gem of a camera, and the lenses were superb.

How about you?
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Old 01-22-2016   #2
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Traded an original Wetzlar M6 with a 21 SA and a 50 Summicon for a Hasselblad 500CM. Took a number of years and a couple of diffrent formats before I worked my way back around to another M6. I won't mention the black '64 F with the F-36 motor drive and the sports finder
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Old 01-22-2016   #3
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Old 01-22-2016   #4
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Near-flawless collapsible 'cron, even if it did help buy my DR 'cron.
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My Nikon S2/50, it really opened my eyes to a 50mm lens. Prior to that while there a couple around (50/2 I got for my ex, 55/3.5 Micro) I never gave that focal length a chance.

Now a nice S3 with a titanium shutter, a 25/4, 50/1.4 and 105/2.5 Nikkor looks like film heaven to me.

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Old 01-22-2016   #6
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Sold my Leica M240 last week. Seller's remorse is creeping in.
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Old 01-22-2016   #8
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I sold items when I was in financial distress. Still a dark time in my life, and full of unhappy memories. I miss my Nikon F3, Leica M7, IIIF, Zeiss Super Ikonta A, BX and C, and a host of lenses. But, the mortgage had to be paid, and the kids have to eat.

Now that I'm employed again, I've replaced the M7 and some of my sold lenses. The F3 has been replaced by a couple of F2 with DP-11 meters.
The Zeiss has been replaced with a Super Ikonta B and IV, as well as a Voigtlander RF 6 x9 camera (immediate post war vintage).

Yes, I'm a hoarder, but I missed these babies when I had to sell under duress.
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Old 01-22-2016   #9
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contax t2. what a beauty.
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Old 01-22-2016   #10
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  • Konica M-Hexanon 1.2/50mm.
  • Leica M3 with 703xxx serial.
  • Set of Leitz-original Black Paint spare parts. Cost me a small fortune to acquire and in the end I first sold the camera they were on and later the set of black parts at a loss, since nobody was convinced they were all real parts. Had an un-engraved Black Paint top plate with it!

OTOH, I don't shoot an M-Leica at all anymore and don't miss it either...
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Old 01-22-2016   #11
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sometimes I regret passing along the RD-1 but c'est la vie. Shoot film not megapixels etc etc yadda yadda anyways.
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Good Trade?

I swapped my new M2R for a three year old Triumph TR3 sports car.
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Old 01-22-2016   #14
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i regret selling my soul to the devil...it's hard to be creative with a black heart...
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Old 01-22-2016   #15
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regret selling: Hasselblad X Pan II, Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 70-180 Micro lens.
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Old 01-22-2016   #16
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In 1997 I sold my M6 - I bought it in Chicago and after sending it to Sherry Krauter for service she told me it was the 10th Leica M6 ever built. It didn't make it worth anything extra back then, but I sure wish I still had it now.

It was traded at a camera show in Pasadena, CA for a pair of clean M2's.
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there are always more to be had.
Presuming one has the resources, yes. I did sell quite a few photographic items a few years back - I had no choice in the matter. Most I do not regret, and I needed the cash. However, some are now considered 'cult items' and prices have gone up. To repurchase? Prohibitive. So even though yes, they exist, I probably won't be saving my nickles to buy another copy of each item I let go.
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i regret selling my soul to the devil...it's hard to be creative with a black heart...
Devil would not take mine. Said I had mucked it up worse than he had ever seen. Guess I'm stuck with it.
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Old 01-22-2016   #19
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There are exemptions, there are only a few of these:



I will always regret selling that! It was the earliest one ever!


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Old 01-22-2016   #20
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It kind of goes hand in hand with what I regret buying .

My most regretted sold
59 BMW r50 with 185,000 miles on it
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Old 01-22-2016   #21
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Canon 28mm 2.8 lens with case and finder, along with a Canon P. I sold them about 18 months ago and to this day do not know why.
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Old 01-22-2016   #22
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A copy of a 'A Hard Days Night' with the signatures of all four Beatles on it.
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Tough question. If I need to pick just one............

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.... still thinking.....

That BUTTERY SMOOOOOOOTH DS M3 with glass film pressure plate I had many years ago. That thing was oh so yummy smooth as if all internals were liquid metal with ball bearings if that makes any sense.
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Old 01-22-2016   #24
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I recently bought back most of the favorites I regretted selling. The remaining things are the Olympus Pen 60mm f/1.5 and CZ Sonnar in Contax mount, with Amedeo M adapter.

Maybe the Pentax Limited lenses, too. the 31 and the 77. The latter might find its way back to me someday.

Oh, yeah, I shoulda kept my M2. But I'm very happy with my M6, so...
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Old 01-22-2016   #25
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If non-photo gear is included, then maybe this:


My girls II: Streeple by Suguru Nishioka, on Flickr
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A copy of a 'A Hard Days Night' with the signatures of all four Beatles on it.
I've got a publicity pic from the '64 world's fair with all their signatures! It was given to my parents by a family friend who was a rock promoter, when he learned they'd had a kid named John Lennon. (that's my name.)
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Konica Hexanon 50mm f1.2


Also, I recently regretted getting rid of my chrome Leica MP, so I bought it back a few weeks ago. Glad it was still available and around. Keeping it now for as long as possible. Selling gear always hurts unless I really just can't enjoy it.
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Schneider 135mm f3.5 Xenar in LTM mount. Like-new condition with both correct caps after almost 50 years. I doubled my money, but I'll always regret selling it.
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1936 Contax II after being totally restored to using condition (it was an attic find near my home). Shot few rolls, maybe 4 and sold it due to financial problems.

If not only cameras are considered:
Gibson SG along with Marshall 2204 halfstack.


This thread is somehow depressive...
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Mamiya 7. I never got along with bigger MF bodies; they're just no good for my style of shooting. The 7 is an amazing camera, even for street photography. And the lenses are amazing.
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My 71 El Camino. I had good reasons for selling it but it doesn't mean I do not regret having to do it.

I can't think of anything I regret dealing away on the camera front.
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I see someone else already beat me to this:



Only thing I ever regretted selling, and boy I regret it a lot.

Cameras come and go. But that bike, should have been forever.

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Mamiya 60mm macro in M42.
The Mamiya Sekor 60mm f2.8, the one that goes to 1:1 without any extension tubes? That was my first "legacy lens," when I was still shooting M4/3, bought for $5 at a thrift store on the sketchy side of Salisbury, Maryland. Mine has a wonky aperture and a little fungus, but I love it as 90mm FOV portrait lens on my XE-2.
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I've had a number of cameras I've owned, enjoyed, and sold... but the only piece I regret selling was the 1992 Canon EOS 50mm f/1.0 L lens I had. I paid under $2k for it... and recently found that they're going for $10k now... and projected to be worth $30k in another ten years.
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The Mamiya Sekor 60mm f2.8, the one that goes to 1:1 without any extension tubes? That was my first "legacy lens," when I was still shooting M4/3, bought for $5 at a thrift store on the sketchy side of Salisbury, Maryland. Mine has a wonky aperture and a little fungus, but I love it as 90mm FOV portrait lens on my XE-2.

Yeah, that's the one. I got mine cheap as well. I still see them from time to time. I just can't justify paying what a nice example goes for now.
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Canon 85/1.8 and then a couple of decades later, the 85/1.5 I picked up to replace the 1.8. Of the two, the 1.5 is the one I'd want back the most.
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It's hard to list all the things. I'm now trying to re-acquire them.

My Fuji G617
50mm f1.2 Noctilux not because it was a great lens but because I could sell it now and
make a load of money
350mm Schneider Apo Tele Xenar
4x5 Baby Deadorff ( an actual baby not the special)
72mm Super Angulon XL
19" Goerz Red Dot Artar
12" Goerz Dagor
14" Goerz Dagor f7.7
B&L Protar triple convertible for 8x10
6 1/4 Goerz wide angle Dagor
8 1/4 Goerz Golden Dagor
A load of 8x10 Lisco film holders
250mm Wide Field Ektar
250mm Fujinon W f6.7
360mm Nikkor T with 500mm & 720mm cells
Seitz Roundshot 35/35
25mm ZM Biogon
This is a good start. I've been trying to buy back some of my mistakes and had good success. I foolishly thought I'd go all digital and sold much of my film gear. Now I'm buying it back. I've recently rebuilt my Leica system, Rollei 2.8D, 5x7 Deardorff and 8x10 Deardorff and lenses. I also sold my Durst 138 but picked another up a month ago. I'm still looking for a reasonable 180 componon S or similar.

Never again shall I make this mistake.
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Bikes, cameras...

I can't afford what I want. So, it is easy to sell what I didn't want.

I wanted Nokton 35 1.4, but I've sold two Skopars 35 2.5.
I want Summilux 35 1.4 pre-ashp, but all I could buy is older Summicron 35 pre-asph...
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I regret selling my 1965 E Type Jaguar. I can rebuy any camera I sold
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My Minolta X-700. It was my main (and only) shooter for several years, and made me appreciate simple and reliable design in a camera. The other one I regret letting go was my Canon AE-1, squeaky shutter and all.

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