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itsmee
01-11-2009, 06:00 AM
Reid lll (Type II)

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serial number p1906

Im not a camera enthusiast, but found this lying in my late fathers draw, its a reid 3 type 2 I think....http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/iannorris...es_r/reid3.htm

Its got no box, but has the original leather case as in the link above and the instructions. How do I go about selling this to someone who will appreciate its rarity.

Ole
01-11-2009, 07:50 AM
Sorry, but your link doesn't work. :(

q_x
01-11-2009, 08:01 AM
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/iannorris/leica_copies/leica_copies_r/reid3.htm
Not so hard to google it

nemo999
01-11-2009, 08:57 AM
Reid lll (Type II)

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serial number p1906

Im not a camera enthusiast, but found this lying in my late fathers draw, its a reid 3 type 2 I think....http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/iannorris...es_r/reid3.htm

Its got no box, but has the original leather case as in the link above and the instructions. How do I go about selling this to someone who will appreciate its rarity.

The Reid III is a copy of the Leica IIIc/IIIf (without/with flash sync.). As such, Leica collecting rules apply (big difference in price between mint (absolutely no signs of use) and anything else). Does the camera have any signs of use? Is it complete with the original TTH f2 lens (in unmarked condition)? Where are you located? Before the credit crunch, a Reid III with lens in mint condition would probably have sold for 1000 (in Britain). If you feel you can grade its condition accurately, put it on e-bay with a reserve of 500. If not. and you are close to a big city, put it on sale on commission with a Leica specialist. As a picture-taking instrument, the Reid has a great lens but a fragile shutter when compared with a Leica - from a collector's point of view, it has value based on its comparative rarity. Accessories are very rare, if your camera has these, they will boost the value.

pgomena
01-11-2009, 01:15 PM
Great looking camera. I hope you find a buyer who will appreciate it.

Peter Gomena

nemo999
01-11-2009, 10:04 PM
Slight guide:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Reid-III-Camera-P2504-with-2-1-2-Taylor-Hobson-Lens_W0QQitemZ330295570007QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item330295570007&_trksid=p3286.m63.l1177
This did not sell, since the seller was asking mint price for a camera with a pitted finish, a cloudy and scratched lens and inaccurate shutter speeds. Also, the seller quoted the focal length of the lens wrong, which casts doubt on the rest of his description!

furcafe
01-12-2009, 10:30 AM
Congratulations, the lens alone is a gem. APUG or the Rangefinder Forum (www.rangefinderforum.com) would be 2 of the main sites where you could find an appreciative buyer, though I don't see anything wrong w/plain old eBay, either.

Ian Grant
01-12-2009, 10:38 AM
Reid camera's fetch quite high sums second hand. Just look at how much they sell for on Ebay. I regret not buying one in the early 70's when you could buy a band new camera for a very reasonable price. I was student at the time and short of cash but my investment would have paid off very handsomely.

Ebay is probably the best place to sell it, but do some research first and put a good reserve price. Welcome to APUG BTW>

Ian

nemo999
01-12-2009, 05:54 PM
Just for the record (based on my recollections of a Reid from 35 years ago), the TTH lens was basically a motion picture lens (I believe it was originally called a Speed Panchro). As I recall, it was arguably the sharpest lens I have ever used (compared with the many Leicas and Nikons I have also owned) over a area somewhat larger than the 18x24 mm of a standard motion-picture frame. The edge definition on a 24x36 mm frame was however not great at large apertures, and even with the lens stopped right down, the edges never quite matched the center.