Over the years, the best has been a Leica M2 with a 35mm f2 Summicron for $15. Also a near mint Nikkormat FTn with 35mm f2 for $5, a Yashicamat 124 for $5, a Spotmatic with lens for $25, a Pentax Spotmeter V for $2 and a Nikon SB-600 with some other things for $15. I have found studio flash equipment at garage sales and flea markets also.
At a church's annual sale in September (2008), I bought an Olympus XA for $3. A few years ago, I bought a Praktica FX3 with a nice Meyer Primoplan for $9.95.
Long time back I picked up Nikon F number 64004xx at a flea market.
My best find yet
Minolta MD 70-210mm, f/4 zoom
Minolta MD-1 Motor Drive
Minolta 280PX flash
generic bag and a handfull of filters and odd accessories
This past winter I found a Minolta Rokkor-X 28mm, f/2 for $50
For savings, percentage-wise I'm not sure which is a better deal. Between the two, my Minolta buying days are pretty much over. There's nothing left (for me) to get.
Now I need a new excuse to lurk in thrift stores. :D
Originally Posted by Chaplain Jeff
Between us Jeff, I think we may have had all the normals, simple WA, and short telephoto lenses in both Nikon and Minolta. But this last steal of yours was grand. I am envious as I have been shopping for the old beercan...let me know what you think of it.
This morning at a car boot sale, a Kodak Autographic 2A for £8. It's in good cosmetic condition but the shutter is a bit sticky.
It doesn't have the stylus but there is a 116 take up spool so with some spacers, I should be able to use 120 with it.
I bought a Nikon F with the plain prism and 1.4 lens for £40 ( about $65 US) from a market stall, this is cheaper than you think because it was more than twenty years ago, when an F was worth money.
A month or so ago I bought a Ricoh 35 ZF (to replace my ailing 35 ZF), an Argus, and three light meters (two of which are questionable), all for $5.
If the gear is in good shape; I think you got a great deal. I bought mine in 1959 ( I have 3). It's 50 years.
Originally Posted by benjiboy
I know the F is a great camera but It was pretty well worn but still worked OK, I'm a Canon FD user,and had no Nikon gear, so I sold it for a good profit and put the money towards another Canon F1 body that I still use more than twenty years on.
Originally Posted by Pumalite