How much for a pristine Super Graphic?
I am in the long-term market for 4x5, meaning I am not prepared to start shooting and so can wait years for a pristine camera to fall into my lap.
How much would you pay for this Super Graphic, assuming it is in as good shape as the guy says?
Last edited by pbromaghin; 07-20-2012 at 05:29 PM. Click to view previous post history.
It is worth whatever you are willing to pay
Or more, if someone pays more.
Originally Posted by rjs003
I paid about $130 for a similar one that is in terrible, ugly shape, without a lens, but working perfectly. The clean condition of this one might attract someone who values that but as Sirius said something that nice looks hardly used. Not always good for such an old camera. If you do not need a pretty camera wait and find one from a reputable source that might look more used but works and might be cheaper.
As a faithful follower of Adam Smith, I am aware of price theory. Note that I asked not what it is worth, but what others would be willing to pay. What I would be willing to pay is undetermined and is hopefully to be influenced by answers to this question. What knowledgeable people would pay for an object is valuable information to have before entering into a transaction.
Originally Posted by rjs003
Last edited by pbromaghin; 07-20-2012 at 06:28 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Assuming it is as nice as he says it is and the shutter works, it is probably worth what he is asking if he sold it on Ebay. I don't know what Denver is like but in St. Louis large format equipment seems to go for less on Craigslist.
Shoot him an offer. The worst he can say is no.
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I wouldn't put off not shooting just to wait for a camera. Seize the moment. What is here today may not be here tomorrow. From a historical standpoint, many people get involved in the format and drop out due to one reason or another. You'll never know if it's for you until you buy something and get going. The camera is just a box to hold a lens and film holder. Buy film, shoot, keep it alive.
I owned a Super Graphic, nice camera but limited in movements. Get something with more options like a true field camera. Just my POV.
Good morning, pbromaghin;
An interestingly phrased question.
In my case, I was sent a damaged Super Speed Graphic. No charge for the camera or the shipping. But it did have some problems. So, a little over $400 later, I have a fairly nice working camera. However, in this case, I must admit that there is a personal relationship involved here, and the equivalent sentimental value of the camera has not yet been assessed.
So, yes, I do have a very nice working Super Speed Graphic, but I still prefer using my "Joe Rosenthal" camera more; a 1945 Anniversary Edition Speed Graphic.
Ralph Javins, Latte Land, Washington
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If it truly is mint, and depending a little on the box condition, it's not an unreasonable asking price.
However, if you're in the market for a user, this may not be the best choice if you're concerned about preserving its value.
Snag it! These don't show up very often at all. A few years ago I watched a similar Super Graphic go for the price of a new Toyo 45AX on eBay. If you want a pristine camera, this is it. Do it!
The guy is asking $650.00 for it. I'm sure he will take $600.00 cash money.
If I was able to examine it and everything looked great as he says and I was able to check the shutter speeds with my shutter speed tester and they were reasonably accurate and I was allowed to check the bellows in a darkened room with my flashlight and the bellows were good, I would buy it for $600.00.
But that's me. I own both a 4x5 field camera and 4x5 monorail. I also own an 8x10 field camera.
There are three main types of 4x5 cameras, monorail, field and press. This is a press camera. You really need to learn about the differences between the three before you decide to buy anything. Just because something is a good deal doesn't mean that it's a good deal for you.
I'm not trying to preach, just trying to help.