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What's Your Best Bargain Find?
Old 06-06-2009   #1
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What's Your Best Bargain Find?

What's your best bargain you've found? For example, did you find a nice Leica IIIf at a garage sale for $50? Or did you find a sale of a "Cannon 50/1.5" for $50 because someone misspelled Canon. Or did you find that Canon 50/1.5 on eBay because it was on a Canon IIS and just listed as a "old Canon camera"

What did you find, what did you pay and what do you think the true value was?

I really have had any super great finds. I guess the best were that I got my Canon 35/2 for $215 and I got a Tele-Elmar (user) for $75. Neither was listed improperly, so perhaps no one was looking at the time.
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Old 06-06-2009   #2
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$10 for an Olympus 35SP was probably my best. I keep waiting for that yard sale Leica.

Edit: Now that I think about it, the Spotmatic II with 24mm f/3.5 Takumar for $30 was probably my best find, but I flipped it on eBay after only 1 test roll. I kind of wish I had kept it but the money went toward my Bessa w/ZM lens.
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Old 06-06-2009   #3
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I picked up a mint black Nikon F3/T on Craigslist for $150 and Nikkor 15mm 5.6 for about $200 I seem to remember
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Old 06-06-2009   #4
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I bought a "Plus X Camera" once for $25 plus shipping. It ended up being a fully functioning Anniversary Graphic with a lot of accessories. To me the value is "priceless" since it is such a good camera to use.
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I got an Angenieux Retrofocus Type R1 2.5/35 from a thrift shop for $11. It's an M42 mount. The same shop sold me a really nice condition Plabel Makina II complete kit with the 3 lenses and 2 roll film backs for $150. Also got a mint Zuiko 2/21 and 2/90macro for $600 from my local printing shop. A consignment that was overpriced and I just low balled on a day the owner was there and hungry. Traded those two away regrettably.
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Old 06-06-2009   #6
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My ex is in the antique business. A few years ago one of her dealer friends called me up. He'd just come from an estate auction and wanted to know if I'd be interested in buying "a sack of old cameras" for $500. It was months later that I discovered that he was expecting me to bargain him down to maybe $300, and his winning bid (the ONLY bid!) at the auction had been $25.00. (That's TWENTY-FIVE dollars)

I was amazed that the stuff truly looked brand new, everything complete with hoods and caps. There was a Hasselblad 150 Sonnar, a 'blad back, a 'blad prism, filters and cases.

On the Rollei list was a a late model camera with prism, caps, hood, and filters and
a Rollei 35 (German)

There was a Leica CL with a 40mm Summicron.

Like new Leica M2 and M3 bodies, a 90mm chrome Elmarit, 35mm f/2.8 Summaron w/eyes, a 28mm BLACK PAINT Elmarit, all with hoods and caps.

Assorted straps and what not.

Half a dozen Leica cassettes,

An hour later I'd sold the 150 'blad Sonnar to my repair guy for $600 cash and install M4 style synch sockets in the two M bodies.
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After the last two comments, my findings will be nothing at all.

Rolleiflex Automat for $65, Pentax 28mm 3.5 for $6, Leica M4-MOT for $1200, ... etc.
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None. I always buy expensive and sell cheap. You are all well advised to deal with me.
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Old 06-06-2009   #9
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I got a Fed 3a for 30 euros. Sounds alot but it came with an Orion 15 28mm lens. Whilst not in leica bargain territory it has proved a good little street lens even with the added cost of CLA.
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Old 06-06-2009   #10
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Canon 100/2 LTM for $112, really excellent condition.

eBay BIN for a Nikkor 35/1.8 in Nikon RF mount, with original lens hood and caps, for $175. Looks really nice on the Contax II and Nikon SP
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Well, I can't top Al's find, but I've had various success finding bargains...from memory:
Canon GIII w/Canonet D and hood - $18
Welta Weltur - $12
Miranda Sensorex EE w/50 - $20
Yashica Electro G - $5
Olympus XA w/A16 - $28
Rolleiflex D w/2.8 Xenotar - $120
Ricoh Diacord L - $28 + ship
Minolta XD11 w/50 f1.4, 35, 135, 320Px flash - $120

Of course this has been over 25 years of looking with too many hours spent, so the ROI is probably negative. But it is fun - it's the thrill of the hunt. Right now I seem to be running into lots of the first generation autofocus cameras.
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Some time ago I found a beat-up Rolleiflex 2.8F, with case, filters, hood, rolleinars for a price south of £180. Ugly enough to chase the suitors away, but still doing exactly what it says on the tin.

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Waiting for Brian S to chime in with his $2 Black Paint M3 with Noctilux...

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A black paint M4 at a thrift store. That was before I knew how rare these are btw... Paid a about 500 € as far as I remember.
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Swap meet...
- Petri 2.8 $5 (like new with case but had to unstick shutter)
- Ricohflex DIA $5 (like new and works like a charm)

The bay...
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L $650 (new, sold it for twice as much).

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- Canon EF 100-400mm $500 (like new)
- Epson R1800 $100 (like new)
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Hey guys, that was a once in a lifetime find! I ended up selling a lot of it privately for a lot less than I could have got on ebay. My son talked me out of the Rollei 35, and a year later, the Leica CL, then I ended up getting him a 90/4 Elmar-C and a 21mm VC lens and finder. Naturaly he uses his wife's digital most of the time and getting them to send pix of my granddaughter is like pulling teeth...LOL
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Old 06-06-2009   #17
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I got a Leica 28mm elmarit in mint condition for $125 and a mint condition 50mm 1.4 summilux for $350 at an estate sale.

I missed out on a lot of Leica stuff at a different estate sale that had a table full of Leica gear and accessories--both M and R and 2 Leica 10x42 binoculars, which went for $120 each. No one was buying the camera stuff. At the time, I just wasn't that familiar with Leica. Ouch, it still hurts.
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Old 06-06-2009   #18
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Rolleiflex MV-evs for $40, Crown Graphic 2x3 for $100, Canonet GIII for $2.
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91' Leica M6 classic and 62' 35mm summilux pre-asph for 1500 on the Craigslist.
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-M3 DS (slight vertical misalignment of RF patch, but works just fine)
-Summicron DR 50mm with Leitz cap, Leitz 39mm UV filter, and Leitz folding metal hood, but no goggles
-Elmar 90mm with hood (aperture ring a little stiff, but honestly don't use this focal length much)
-Leica MR meter
-New not-yet-applied cameraleather even though the only thing peeled off is a dime size patch by the rewind lever.

All the above for around $950

I was perfectly happy with my Olympus family (OM-1, 35SP, XA) until I started reading this forum. I blame you guys for this *almost* impulse buy. How could I pass it up?
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Two bargains come to mind. A Canon 50/0.95 for $60.00 and a Nikon M and Nikkor 50/2 (with original case and signed QA sheet) for $250.00

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hasselblad 500 with 50/4, 80/2.8, 150/4, 2 backs, polaroid back for $500.
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So far, a worn 8-element Summicron 35 for $32.
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A Nikon 50mm 1.4 AIS lens for $5 at a garage sale and a Minolta SRT 102 with the Rokkor-X 50mm 1.7 at another garage sale for $5...
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Leica M3 DS, 50mm collapsible summicron, IROOA lens shade, black MR-4 meter. All (except the hood) in pretty great condition.

The asking price was $450. The shutter needed adjustment (sticking on the slow speeds), and when I pointed that out, (while handing the camera back) the owner asked me "How about $200?"

Yea. I didn't have to think too long about that.

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Hmmm, this was just like two weeks ago......after almost two years searching I finally found one of the rarest and most desirable "SHOOTING" LTM lenses of the "wartime" era.......

An authentic 1943 Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar T f1.5/50 in LTM for $103 *Worth? $500+ *

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I found quite a few here in Brazil:
mint canon 7sz with 50/0.95 and erc for 250$
mint rolleiflex T for 100$
leica 1c with elmar 50, 50 finder and rangefinder, plus erc for 100$
leica m4 with summilux 50 and summaron 35 for 1100$
fujica g690 and g670 + 150, 100 and 55mm lenses for 750$. sold the 55 alone for over 1200 euros (this is one of the rarest of lenses)
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Ok , not a bag of 'Blads and Leicas, but a dream come true none the less.

I am in my local thrift shop when I notice some kind of Nikon F-mount lens keeping company with all the old auto-focusers and Super-8 cameras in their display counter.

Turns out to be a mint 35 f2 - but the price sticker was nowhere in sight. So I'm on my knees, peering up through the glass shelf to see if it's on the bottom when I spy, on the shelf right below, the rounded silver contour of some camera, engraved LEICA, I can't see the rest.

I wave over at one of the workers and wait for someone with keys to arrive, all the while obscuring as much of the display counter as I can with my body.

How much is this lens? "$25". Then as casually as I can manage, "and that camera"? -- "$80".

I didn't even look at them, I didn't want anyone to notice that Value Village had an "M" for sale. They put them in a bag and I carried them all the way home in a bit of a daze. Didn't take them out until I was in my livingroom, and really didn't believe it until I did. A might-as-well-be-new M6TTL with a 50 1.4 Summilux. (not the asph. in case you were wondering)

I had sometimes thought wouldn't it be nice if... and the fantasy camera in the case was usually a black M4 with a 35 Summicron, well I guess the TTL with the 50 Summilux is what I'm supposed to have.
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Bought a Nikon FM2n with Nikkor 50mm f1.2 for EUR 50.00, that was years ago. Sold for EUR 475.00

Bought a Konica Auto S3 in mint condition for EUR 17.50, sold for EUR 250.00
Bought a Konica Hexar AF complete set for EUR 150.00, sold for EUR 517.00 within 24 hours. All years ago.

Bought a rare FED-S with FED 50mm f2.0 lens for EUR 150.00 last month. Estimated value for a mint example like mine: EUR 750.00. Best of all, it came from notoriously-high-pricing PhotoArsenal off the big Bay. They must be kicking themselves over the mistake they made, still no pos. feedback returned
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My best bargain was aquiring the "eyes" for a 50 mm DR Summicron for free when my then employer closed to old photo lab. Later I bought a lens that needed the eyes.
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Guy in Jessops gave me a Vito B for nothing as it was "broken"
It wasn't, shutter in these do not cock as you wind on if there is no film in the camera!! It works just fine,
my Son uses it now!!
The Vito B is probably one of the most rugged cameras ever made.
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Nothing like the above, but I'm kinda proud of my little wins in the auction site.

An Elmarit 135mm f2.8 for $165 (nobody bid), which I later sent to DAG for goggle adjustment. I replaced it with a copy of the newer version, so sold this one for just what I paid, plus the adjustment cost.

An Elmar 90mm f4 collapsible for $180. I may send it to Sherry for cleanup and the like, but it's my latest Leica acquisition.

Other than that... I've never stumbled upon any of those garage- or estate-sale finds, and I've had my share of sales, believe me! Now, I just don't see the point of pursuing the dream of a Nikon S with a 50mm f1.4 for $25.

Must add... an Elmarit 28mm f2.8 for $647, with hood and box, from Igor's Cameras in Cleveland OH. Sure: it needed a bit of a repair, but the price was really good for a Leica lens (and I still have it!).
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It is either:

a) my local camera repair guy who does things like take my Zeiss Ikon with a RF that had come out of alignment, and hand it back to me perfectly aligned 15 minutes later saying he was sorry it took so long but no charge. Or, several similar repairs he has done while we talked always at no charge. In return, I try to take care of him. Today I brought him some of our famous local sweet corn that had just been picked.

b) my local used camera dealer who never charges me for small things like straps, filters, lens caps. Last year he gave me a Canonette GIII 1.7 QL because he knew I wanted one. And there is nothing in the store (except maybe his new Noctilux) that he would let me borrow. Oh yeah, he got some just picked corn today as well.
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My best deal may have been trading duplicate SLR equipment for a unique 3D camera by the inventor Douglas Winnek from WWII. It may have been used to take photos days before the Hiroshima drop of the atomic bomb.

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Ok , not a bag of 'Blads and Leicas, but a dream come true none the less.

I am in my local thrift shop when I notice some kind of Nikon F-mount lens keeping company with all the old auto-focusers and Super-8 cameras in their display counter.

Turns out to be a mint 35 f2 - but the price sticker was nowhere in sight. So I'm on my knees, peering up through the glass shelf to see if it's on the bottom when I spy, on the shelf right below, the rounded silver contour of some camera, engraved LEICA, I can't see the rest.

I wave over at one of the workers and wait for someone with keys to arrive, all the while obscuring as much of the display counter as I can with my body.

How much is this lens? "$25". Then as casually as I can manage, "and that camera"? -- "$80".

I didn't even look at them, I didn't want anyone to notice that Value Village had an "M" for sale. They put them in a bag and I carried them all the way home in a bit of a daze. Didn't take them out until I was in my livingroom, and really didn't believe it until I did. A might-as-well-be-new M6TTL with a 50 1.4 Summilux. (not the asph. in case you were wondering)

I had sometimes thought wouldn't it be nice if... and the fantasy camera in the case was usually a black M4 with a 35 Summicron, well I guess the TTL with the 50 Summilux is what I'm supposed to have.
An M6ttl and a 50 1.4 for $105?........whew. You win.
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I guess I'm going to haveto make that drive up to Apopka. My dad always said that sweetcorn should be cooked no more that 20 minutes after picking if you want maximum sweetness. "The sugar starts turning to starch" was his explanation.

My local repair guy who'd do free adjustments and minor repairs while we chatted retired and closed his shop a couple of years ago. Bob, you're a fortunate guy.
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Olympus 35RC $2.00. Thrift store. Appeared to be jammed. Just on Auto with dead batteries.

Leica IIIC with 50mm f2.0 Summarit and case $40 at antique show. I told the seller as I handed him two $20's, "Some people don't know the value of what they have." He agreed.

4x5 Pacemaker Crown Graphic $30 at another antique show. The seller was surprised that I knew how to open it.

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It withers away with the competition, but...

hit a yard sale yesterday and picked up a fair sized box containing...

1. Agfa PD16 Plenax
2. Kodak Flash Bantam w/flash, bracket and 11 apparently useable bulbs. These should also work with the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash I got last weekend for $1.
3. Argus C3 Brick, which brought me to this forum.
4. 8 light meters of various age and maker.
5. 5 screw on close-up lenses for my 35mm film and digital Pentax SLR's.
6. 2 Large Format lenses, one each Polaroid Pathfinder and No. 2 Kodak Supermatic.
7. Polaroid One-Step (woo-hoo)

Plus a bunch of miscellaneous detrious (shutter release cables, mini-'pod etc). All cameras, light meters and lenses are in great shape. I also found manuals for all meters and two of the cameras. None of this is earth shattering stuff but well worth the whopping $10 I paid for it all. I'm still surfing the yard sales for the ever-elusive Pentax A* 600mm for a song.

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Must add... an Elmarit 28mm f2.8 for $647, with hood and box, from Igor's Cameras in Cleveland OH. Sure: it needed a bit of a repair, but the price was really good for a Leica lens (and I still have it!).
It's Igor's birthday today, you might send him a belated card. ;-)

He is pretty conservative in his descriptions, and will often sell according to what he personally thinks the item is worth.

His personal collection is quite extensive.

Campus Camera in Kent, Ohio is also pretty good, they took a lot in on trade one night when I was hanging about, and turned over a couple of Nikon F's, serviced regularly by Nikon, one chrome one black, both with two finders, --the guy was using them on assignment and had used them taped. I think it was $200 for all, plus a dozen Nikon filters and cases.

I also found a couple of Black Nikon S lenses in Jackson Wy at a shop, with finders, cases, caps, hoods. $75, while on a trip with students, left the black $200 SP because it was brassed -- when I got home, one of the parents had a complete S2 outfit with three lenses a lady traded him for a new P&S AF while we were gone, so I was one upped.

A dealer at a show had to move his car as the hall folks were upset he parked on the grass. A guy in the parking lot did not want to pay the $5 to get in so he sold him a box of SM Leicas for $90, several bodies, lenses, etc.

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I guess I'm going to haveto make that drive up to Apopka. My dad always said that sweetcorn should be cooked no more that 20 minutes after picking if you want maximum sweetness. "The sugar starts turning to starch" was his explanation.

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You city guys, we used to pull the corn, and deliver it that morning for $.50 a dozen ears. You do not pick corn, you pull it, and you leave a nice ear without the shank. ;-) Gets real starchy quickly when warm.

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