Purchase or sale mistakes you've made

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  1. michael_r

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    I'm wondering if other people have done things they regretted, anywhere from right away to years later. These can include mistakes due to ignorance, rip-offs, lack of foresight, financial necessity, not enough research, too much research, impulsiveness. Anything goes.

    I'll start with a sale: Several years ago when I wasn't sure whether or not I'd go back to large format, I sold a mint Sinar A1 with a mint Nikkor W 150 for $200. Why? I haven't the foggiest. I didn't need the cash, and as it turns out I went back to large format. This was long before I was a member here and at the time it didn't even occur to me places like APUG existed. I didn't think anyone on eBay or whatever would be interested in view cameras and didn't bother to even check. So, thinking there was zero direct market, I sold it to a local photo gear trader.

    File this under ignorance, lack of foresight, impulsiveness and dumbass.
     
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    It all equals out somewhere.
     
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    I've spent all morning trying to get working a Super Angulon 90/8 that I bought for my Travelwide.
    I didn't check properly before buying, but it's in a Compur Electric shutter, of the mysterious "size #2". Coming to the conclusion that the circuitry inside is a bit busted, all it does is a fixed 1/500s.
    The glass is clean though, I could always re-mount it into a normal shutter, but I'd need a size #1, and the travelwide takes #0 (still, #1 is smaller than the #2 of the electronic).
    The 65/8 I bought at the same time is in a #00, which I suppose isn't so bad, at least I can mount that in a #0 adapter...
     
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    It's easy, just follow my mantra...never sell anything, there is always space in the spare room!
     
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    Buying not one, but two Käsemann polarisers as replacements for two I thought I had lost on-loc, only to surprisingly find the "lost" ones way down in the second base layer of the camera bag a month or more later. That's more than $600 gone unnecessarily! I could sell them to recoup costs, of course, but given how precise and lavish these filters are I hold them in perpetuity "just in case". I am pleased to say I have not lost or misplaced any filter since April 2010. :smile:
     
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    Went to house of deceased photographer/printer to buy some darkroom bits & spied a Yashica 124 in a cupboard. Bought it because I'd just broken my folder, plus it was very pretty and I didn't have my glasses on or look at it properly properly. Paid about the market (read expensiveBay) price, as if for a decent one. The CLA to get it into good order is costing more than I paid of course. I

    I'd have spent less if I'd bought a mint one from a dealer.

    ho hum
     
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    Getting involved with APUG! That has cost me a fortune!
     
  8. michael_r

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    Good stuff so far. Kasemann polarizers - ouch!

    I like Tony's words of wisdom. Unless I need the money I'm never selling stuff again. Famous last words... I'm already thinking of a few things I should probably sell. But at least ever since I've joined APUG I've gotten fair prices for the things I've sold instead of getting screwed locally.
     
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    Traded a perfectly good Olympus XA and some cash for a Zorki 4. The Zorki lasted 24 hours before breaking ... :mad:
     
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    I did not say that I had bad buying experiences with APUG members. I meant that APUG got me spending money that I did not have to spend. Getting GAS is a mean thing.
     
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    Sold elmar 90/4 and then after some time I needed 90mm on my Leica again, so I got Elmar-C. Got cheap Rolleiflex in nice condition and then sold it because I have constant problem with square format. I should keep it. Buying bunch of rangefinder cameras instead go on Leica from start (it would be much cheaper). Sold Nikon F with original non metering prism - now I have Nikon F with photonic prism and non working meter (I liked small prism better).
     
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    I bought a Canon body for some FD lenses I had only to find out that the apertures were stuck open and that the body had horrible dust in the prism. I took it apart and a cat jumped on my workspace, spreading the tiny screws everywhere.

    ...there goes that camera and lenses.

    My biggest mistake was selling my Mamiya Press kit. I had poor technique at the time and was still chasing magic bullets so I got rid of it in favor of a GW690. DUMB DUMB DUMB. That body, viewing glass, mulitple backs and lenses was all I needed.
     
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    Not long ago I bought a Schneider 90mm Super Angulon XL for my field camera even though I already knew it was a pain in the ass getting the rear component through any front standard sized for Linhof boards (another reason I regret selling the Sinar!!!). I knew this would be irritating but really thought I needed the extra few mm image circle vs the equivalent Rodenstock. It's an awesome lens of course, but so far I haven't needed the extra image circle, and I have to mess around with that damn protecting ring EVERY time.

    I'm going to call this one stubborn behaviour.
     
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    Lots of misteaks. Plenty. Too many to enumerate, but I'll cover the lowlights. As far back as 1984, to as recent as, um, last fall.

    Buying a brand new Minolta Maxxum 7000 was the first. I corrected that by trading it in on a new T90.
    Trading that same T90 (plus a mammoth bag of accessories) in on an Olympus IS-1 several years later was the next one.
    Buying a brand new Elan 7N (at full price, from a local retailer) just a few months before I 'went digital'. Selling it a few years ago for $100, only to realize last spring that I really really needed something lightweight when I didn't feel like carrying a pair of lead-lined 1v with lead-filled lenses. Paid $150 for its replacement.
    Going digital.
    Discovering camera gear on ebay.
    Buying an RB67. I've had it six months. Haven't shot a single frame with it yet.

    And on and on it goes...
     
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    Fred:

    At least this problem is easily fixed with a couple of hours and a film or two :smile:.

    I have made a few purchases that turned out to be mediocre at best.

    But most have been good, even if only because I usually don't buy unless I get an exceptionally good deal.

    I did make a mistake once though buying a medium format film scanner from someone who didn't know enough to lock the transport before shipping it. After the partial refund, I didn't have much invested in it, but after I had the manufacturer fix it .....:blink:.
     
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    Almost 8 years ago, my brother found a bunch of camera "stuff" left by a long-gone tenant. He told me to keep what I wanted and sell the rest; there were a number of large-format lenses (6 if I recall correctly), a mix of Nikon's and Fuji's. This was back when I was only shooting digital and thought I would not come back to film; if I did come back to film, I would never do more than 35mm (currently I don't shoot anything smaller than 6x6). I put it all up for $1100 buy-it-now on the 'bay as well as the auction - it sold in under 2 minutes and the buyer described the lot as the best camera deal he ever had. The only lens I know for certain that was in there was a 450mm Nikon and I cry a little when I think what I let go.
     
  17. Chris Lange

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    Buying a Leica M6 with Motor M.

    To have it stolen less than 2 months after I bought it.

    With a bought new Voigtlander 35/1.4 on it.

    As a new college graduate.

    F**k.
     
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    I'm not into PS (yet), so when I bought my first scanner I elected to go with the less expensive capability of only scanning 8x10 b/w prints with all the dodging/burning included. Now I wish I'd gone for scanning 4x5 trannies and negatives to upload for others to see. Seems all it ever takes is $$$.
     
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    Ouch, some sad stories here. At least I'm not alone.
     
  20. chip j

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    Sold a new Leica M4 & 6 new Leica lenses way too cheap when I got out of the Army way back in 1968. (But, now I have a complete G1/G2 system-except for 16mm--that I like a lot more)