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    Help! What Am I Looking at Here?

    Ladies and Gents,

    A friend of mine has passed away and left this 4X5 camera to his wife. His wife is looking to sell, but has no idea what she has here. As I shoot 35mm and 120, I have no idea either.

    Please take a look at the attached photo and tell me:

    1. What brand of camera, lens, and camera mount are pictured here?

    2. Give your best est. of the kit's value.

    3. What type of photographer would get the most use out of this kit? (i.e. portrait, wedding, architectural, nature, pro, hobbyist, beginner, student, etc. etc.)
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    (1) Sinar
    (2) $20
    (3) Studio

    I could be off on one of these.

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    $20 are you kidding me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Carnie View Post
    $20 are you kidding me?
    Too much?

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    I'm no expert, but probably about $400-500.

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    Mendocino Coast Black and White Photography: www.jonshiu.com

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    Jon is much closer to the real value. $20 won't buy the lens board these days.

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    Sinar F-series (not sure which F model, though). The lens/shutter alone could be worth hundreds, depending on condition.

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    Jon is in the ballpark.

    The camera looks to be a Sinar F. They usually go for around $300.00 on Ebay without lens and in nice shape.

    I can't tell what lens you have from your photo so I can't honestly give you a price on it.

    Monorails are great for beginners to learn on. They are usually inexpensive and have full movements. They are great for architecture, portraits and still lifes. You can use them in the field for landscape but most want a lighter and easier to pack field camera.

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    On the other points: The type of photographer most likely to use this type of kit is also the type less likely to have the $4-500 to buy it, I think..., but then I combine the value structure of a cheapskate with the financial acumen of an art teacher (in other words, none at all). I believe the value, as I stated, is close to Jon's estimate, but artists, still life photographers, studio hobbyists, etc, are the market, and a real world sale depends greatly on where it is sold and even on what day. If the right person sees the kit, maybe the value will be realized, if not, I would expect it to sell at closer to $200. The other suggested users have many options for what format and what type of camera they carry around, and a monorail is not easy to deal with outside of a studio.

    Just sayin'

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    I'd put it closer to $200, but yes, it's an F. I just bought an F from KEH for a bit less than $200, and they still have another one in inventory for $179.

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