Thrift Store Finds
Well, I decided this would make a good topic. I haven't seen anything like this other than that "even-steven" thread, but this isn't entirely the same.
I'll start it off with saying I got a Minolta Flash Meter II for $4, a Yashica T4 for free, a Pentax K1000 (with strap and 50mm f/1.8) for $2, two Polaroid SX-70s ($10 each), a myriad of Polaroid folders, another myriad of Polaroid 600-series cameras, a big Minolta Maxxum kit ($7), and some stainless-steel reels that I got for a quarter a piece including a 120 reel. Oh, and I just found a Mamiya/Sekor 55mm f/1.8 for a dollar.
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Yashica T4, Yashica-D, Minolta X-700.
I haven't had any great thrift store finds, but my dream is to walk into a secondhand book shop one day and find William Henry Fox Talbot's Notebook L (never found to date).
“The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”
My list is longer but the fun bits have been 2 Nikon F2's with three or four nice primes for 70$, A 35mm Angineiux f/2.5 for 12$, A Polaroid 600SE with lens for 22$, about six Olympus XA's for a couple of bucks a pop. The odds aren't good but when you do find something you feel like a rock star.
Dang Illumi I always wonder where you get all the stuff you offer for sale because you always have very fair/decent prices on your stuff.
The ones I can remember off the top of my head are an Olympus XA4 for $1, an XA with original box for $5, an Anniversary Speed Graphic and two Kodak folders for $25, a Canon A1 for $15, and a Nikon R8 Super 8 camera in near-mint condition for $25.
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How about the one that got away? Well, not got away... there was (and still is) this Nikkromat FTN in mint condition in a glass case, with a chrome nosed 50mm 1.4 lens, all for $199. I was too poor to buy it. Still am. It's still there I'm sure.
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I got a new Armani suit for all of $20 once. (There was also a Calvin Klein but it was too big for me)
Still hanging out for that great camera/lens find though...
An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post.
f/64 and be there.
Suit?? Haven't worn one since I retired 10 years ago. I've left instructions that I be laid to rest in a tee shirt and cargo pants.
An old (working) Diana camera -- marked $1.00, but only 75 cents when I brought it to the counter.
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From Diana Camera (out-dated Tech Pan film)
At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.
I've looked and looked but haven't found anything. Must be going to the wrong thrift stores.