Greetings, I stumbled upon this thread a few months back; I am the person offering this Canon IIF2; I thought I would set the record straight on some of the speculation above.
@farlymac ::: That looks like a consignment site. They've only got three cameras, all well into the collectors/antique shop range of pricing.”
NOT a consignment site! Although I have not been all that active buying/selling these past few years, I did for years attend two or three local auctions every week.
Thank you farlymac for noting the ERC, the fact the camera is an EP model, and that its original cable release is included.
@mike rosenlof ::: One thing worth pointing out is that this includes a flash that connects with that non-standard flash sync connector rail thingy. Those are really hard to find. Some of the price is there. Still, that's probably more value to a collector than a user.
Yes. I believe that the flash, the original Canon cable release, and the (in particularly notable condition) ERC all add value to this package, for a collector, than, say, somebody looking for an RF to snap pics of their spouse while out for Sunday drive/ride in their same-vintage Morris Mini Minor or R50 Earles-fork Beemer ;~)
@goamules :: This seller is 2 or 3 times higher than the going rate. With his answers of "...got it at a local auction (for $75 probably)....know nothing about rangefinders (right, that's why you bought it)....just wiped it off (Canon's always look great on the outside)..."
1. Regarding the price, Please consider what is included. I paid a lot more than $75 — and, by the way, that was back around 2007/8 that I purchased this camera outfit.
2. It is true that after wining this at (one of the then three) Burlington NJ regularly scheduled estate sale auctions, that all I did was inspect it, put it through its functionality checks, then photograph pack and list.
3. It is not true that I “know nothing about rangefinders” — I was an avid photographer starting at about age 10; that’d be nearly 5 decades ago. My first camera was an all-plastic Argus 127-format; I still have most of the 35mm cameras that I used as a kid and young adult sitting on a dresser … couple of Retinas, Petri Color 35, Bolsey Model C twins-lens and some others. Later, SLR-wise, mostly I used Pentax … K1000, MX, bunch of LX … and I still have a footlocker full of Pentax prime lenses. I like cameras :-)
I also studied photojournalism for a time and processed a ton of 35mm (BW and color), and a modest amount of 4x5 … spent many hours printing BW and Cibachrome. I’ve used a few 35mm RF over the years, including a Leica M6.
I was quoted above as saying I am not an expert — I did not say that I know nothing of vintage rangefinders.
One last thing: Yes, I have had this camera listed for a long time, but it has NOT been sitting around on a shelf gathering dust! At the time that I photographed it, it was packed ready to ship. Body lens and ERC in a sealed plastic bag with packets of silica gel. Those pics are with the listing.
Yes, for sure it deserves a CLA before you pop in a roll of HP5 to shoot at your kid’s wedding, but cosmetically the body is in near mint condition, with absolutely no telltales or hints of ever being disassembled. The lens is dusty and may (or may not) have an issue or two. Best on that is for you to carefully study all of the photos. Get in touch with me if you need to see any larger-format versions of what is posted.
Thanks for taking the time to read this (overly long) post.