Considering my last experience trying to sell something here, a headache.
Last edited by Colin Corneau; 07-21-2010 at 10:44 AM. Click to view previous post history.
My experience too. I don't have anything that's worth very much---a nice Rolleiflex, a 9x12 Bergheil in beautiful shape, a Contax IIIa kit, together worth a few thousand dollars, are the comparatively big-ticket items---but the main workhorses are scale-focussing MF folders and a Canon AE-1, worth next to nothing on the open market.
Originally Posted by bblhed
I wouldn't get rid of it, of course---apart from the enjoyment value, a lot of these cameras have family history. The Rolleiflex and Contax came from my dad, who seems to be gradually unloading his considerable pile of film gear onto me; the Bergheil was the snapshot camera(!) of my great-grandfather, who was a serious LF landscape guy but kept what he considered to be a small-format camera in the trunk of the car in case he came across something unexpected; the AE-1 belonged to my late father-in-law and has been documenting my wife's side of the family for something north of thirty years.
I've still got the Rolleicord that was my first "real" camera (before that I had a 110 camera when I was really little, but it's now lost to history, although my sister says she came across some of the prints recently to her considerable amusement). It's usable but needs a CLA; I'm thinking it's the camera I'll pass along to my son if he eventually takes an interest in having a good film camera of his own. We'll see what happens.
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On further reflection the "Value" of my equipment is isn't what I can get for it, but what it does, It's a great thing to be happy with what you have, and I still have better equipment than I'm a photographer.
I think I'd be in the neighborhood of what you have, and I'm trying to follow the same philosophy, despite seeing plenty of gear that I'd love to get my hands on (and at reasonable prices, too).
Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson
A surplus U-Haul truck can be a case if you really think about it.
Originally Posted by bblhed
Pentax: 6x7 MLU
Graflex: Miniature (2x3) Speed Graphic
I'm with you on that, Ben.
Originally Posted by benjiboy
I get more value out of having and using the stuff than what it may fetch when i sell it all.
Consequently, i haven't the foggiest what it may all add up to.
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You know, I actually sold almost everything. My collection of photo gadgets is really bare bones minimum, and in my future I see even less, so it'll be worth even less.
Hasselblad 500 with 80 and 150 lenses. Two backs. Light meter, tripod, a nice hood. Cable release.
6x6 pinhole camera.
Enlarger and darkroom stuff.
Epson V700 scanner and R2400 printer.
"Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank
"Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman
"...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh
What would it be worth in dollars, I really don't know. If I sold everything (all 25 cameras of difference formats), I wouldn't have anything to enjoy the hobby I do now. There are not to many cameras I want or need, because the ones I still have still give me great photos. For the pass fifty plus years, I have tried all types of cameras. The ones I have ended up with are pretty much what I like shooting. So to put a dollar valve on them not very much (because it always depends on the current market), but as a personal valve, priceless.
I think some of the stuff I have would actually sell for more than I paid for it, because it was bought on Ebay when there were a lot more true bargains there.
I'm afraid that when I think of this my calculations inevitably end up not in $, but in stuff (if I sell camera body X, I could buy lens Y).
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
This question is just me being curious...not saying that I am considering it, or that it really matters. Just a discussion opener.
As for me, these are probably the only things that are worth some money:
Sinar "reverse" (front P standard), DB shutter, and six DB and DBM lenses, in custom-built rolling wooden case - Maybe $2,000 if parted out, $1,200 to $1,500 if sold all together
Two Linhof Technica IIIs (version four, with drop bed), in original three-lens kits, one with an amazing period-custom-made (from Craftsman tool box) storage case, which is better than the actual Linhof cases - Maybe $1,000 a piece, or more if the right collector saw them
Rollei Wide Angle, as-new condition with case - KEH offered me over $2,000 cash, which probably means they'd sell it for twice as much
c. 1850 Voigtländer im Wein Petzval clone, no flange or pinion - Maybe $400 to $600
1954 Pacemaker Speed, only perhaps valuable because it is a nice cased kit in near-mint condition - Maybe $500, $600 or more, but only to the right person (a crazy collector looking for super-clean examples)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 - Probably $700 to $800, though I haven't watched the used market for this lens
Everything else is relatively inexpensive medium format stuff (RZ, C33/C220, M645, Super 23) and 35mm stuff (Nikon/Canon '60s/'70s stuff, and an EOS 3).
My point was kind of that all of this lovely equipment is worth far, far, far, far more than its monetary value. We analog shooters are scoring big time compared to digital shooters.
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What a humbling question this is. I must be nuts! What was I thinking?
Originally Posted by 2F/2F