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    Tim, it might surprise you but people are paying $600 and more for Speed and Crown Graphics. The value of the dollar is very low so the cameras are relatively cheap for buyers outside the US.

    You do have to ask why, my guess is some people think they are good full feature 5x4 cameras, and they are first time 5x4 buyers. They aren't getting value for their money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Zentena View Post
    I'm glancing at a lens that is already 80+% of the brand new price. This lens is likely 20 years old.
    I saw a JOBO 4x5 reel and 2521 drum go for more than the new price from B&H last week. I almost bid on it but decided I should go check out the new price just in case.... and was glad I didn't
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    Quote Originally Posted by dferrie View Post
    I do wonder if alot of these classic cameras end up gathering dust on a speculators shelf, rather than in somebodies camera bag, get to do what they were built for.

    David
    I was bidding on an old brass lens the other week (it had a cracked rear element at that, but an interesting serial number of No. 666 ). It was ultimately won at far too rich a price for what it was by a bidder who's name sounded like an antiques shop (bobsantiques or something like that).

    Collectors piss me off. I wanted to shoot with the thing, cracked element and all.
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    FYI, speed and crown graphics DO sell for around 600 sometimes in mint condition. And a mint super graphic just sold for $1500!
    Check out this stripped-to-the-wood speed graphic:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Graflex-Speed-Gr...QQcmdZViewItem
    sold for over 500

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    Quote Originally Posted by darinwc View Post
    FYI, speed and crown graphics DO sell for around 600 sometimes in mint condition. And a mint super graphic just sold for $1500!
    Check out this stripped-to-the-wood speed graphic:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Graflex-Speed-Gr...QQcmdZViewItem
    sold for over 500
    Amazing. Strip an Anniversary Speed, sand and finish the wood, put upholstery tacks in the bottom of it, and sell it for near 600 bucks?

    Where is my Porter Cable 333 sander?

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter View Post
    Amazing. Strip an Anniversary Speed, sand and finish the wood, put upholstery tacks in the bottom of it, and sell it for near 600 bucks?
    tim in san jose
    That one in the ebay link has had the focal plane shutter removed.

    You've given me hope Tim, I must finish off my pre-Anniversary Speed Graphic next time I'm in the UK.


    The bellows and spirit levels have since been restored the shutters fully functional, the body trench polished. It has a modified body to accept wide-angle lenses, it appears Graflex released half finished camera's to other workshops for adapting as specialist models, including Police cameras.

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    Last edited by Ian Grant; 11-03-2007 at 05:20 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: add word

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    notice how the guy closed the auction as soon as someone bid... before the buyer could back out!

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    Notice this line:

    "We will assist you with the Customs Declaration Form to address your individual needs.Please inquire with your special requests.We will make this a pleasant shopping experience."

    Now if only I could get an electron microscope marked "Gift".....

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    I know, I've seen that guy "fine camera's and watches" sell a number of things at absolutely unbelievable prices.

    Everything he sells is up-marked by about 800%. I was discussing it with the GF, and the only reasonable explanation we can come up with is money laundering!

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    Well he can Money launder my Speed Graphic any day

    More seriously bald, as in no leatherette Graphics do seem to fetch very higher prices, I've french polished mine (the one I've shown in the thread), did I make a mistake recovering my other I had to fill the bit where the missing shutter used to sit.

    Actually the one sold on ebay for $578.00 (US) is a con because this is totally untrue "the special wooden edition is rare, a classic Beauty" - why ?
    Because its a Speed Graphic & has no shutter, the button/catch to open it is missing and they were always covered in black leatherette. Looks much nicer though

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