Best deal by far was a Leica M1 with a Elcan 90mm/1.0 lens attached for $1000.00. Still have the M1 sold the lens on Ebay about 4 years ago for $15000.00 to some guy in Italy.
Here is a post I made to a Leica Forum about the lens and a photo.
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I consider my 8x10" Sinar P with an extra long custom bellows a pretty good deal at $850.
I traded a box of 50 sheets of slightly past date 4x5" Provia 100F with a friend for a Voigtländer Petzval of around 10"/f:4. It turned out to be a good deal for both of us. My friend had gotten the lens as part of a trade with a camera store that went out of business, and I'd bought more of this short dated film than I could use, and a fair number of the shots that appeared in my friend's first book were made with that film.
Best deal ever was two Nagra miniature spy recorder sets I bought on eBay from a state government surplus liquidator for $90. They didn't use the brand "Nagra" anywhere in the description, and they misspelled "Kudelski." The photo was blurry and the description wasn't much more than "two tape recorders, condition unknown." I bought a projector from the same source, so I just found the Nagras accidentally, browsing through the seller's other listings. I recognized them as Nagras and figured they would be worth more than what I paid for parts, even if they didn't work. As it happened they were used in law enforcement and worked quite well. I didn't need two, so I sold one for a bit more than $1900. The other one I thought I would use to record sound for Super-8, so I kept it for a few years, bought an A/C power supply and new tapes for it for around $200, used it occasionally to record talks and lectures, and sold it eventually for $2600.
Wow, I had no idea tape recorders still held any value. Were they reel-to-reel type or cassettes?
Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.
Sweet deal on the Nagras, David...!! A bit of a fan myself... ever seen a Nagra T?? crazy machines...!
One of my sweetest and most memorable was getting a micromega critical focuser (the high end one - see also 'Peak') for $5 at a yard sale - being sold as a 'childrens microscope'.
I know a guy who mortgaged his house for a Nagra recorder with ruby guides... I think at the time (80s) they selling for around $60-80K....
Originally Posted by darinwc
they're reel to reel machines, of course...
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The Nagra SN series used open reel tapes the same width as cassette tape. The earliest models predated cassettes.
You can see one of the Nagras I had here--
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There's a great scene in the movie, Diva, where the obsessed opera fan is making a recording and says "Nagra. Very, very sensitive." They could be synched to film, so the 1/4" recorders were very much the standard in the film industry for many years, well into the era of digital recording. I've seen a Nagra III that belonged to Dizzy Gillespie.
Pentax LX with A50/1.7 & B+W Top-Pol filter for $175 CDN (about $140 US at the time).
True 99.9% of the time in my experience. However, I bought a Linhof heavy duty pro (their biggest) with its geared center column and a pan head at a yard sale. It ranks very high in my list of good deals.
One think I find impossible to find locally is a nice used tripod.. they are all the crappy wobbly ones with plastic heads and no QR plate
$18,000 worth of college courses for the price of a parking pass and a lab fee even though I have my own darkroom. I tell you about this, not to brag that I have found something someone else did not, but to say look what is out there, possibly for you when you reach that age. This may be available to you as well as me. Fellow Apugger Bob Curtis has started taking courses in the same program.
For reasons that have not been made clear to an obvious beneficiary, the state of Ohio USA wants people over the age of sixty to take courses at state funded colleges wherever there are available classroom seats. I am 70 and have taken seventeen photography and one art history course since I retired in 2003. I followed my best man’s footsteps, who partied out of college when he returned from the Korean War and has now taken painting and sculpting courses for 14 years. We celebrated his 80th birthday in January.
You may say that you are not 60 or even close, but I suggest that retirement plans should be considered long before that age. You may say that John is a slow learner having to take 17 photography courses. I look at the courses as nearly free on going workshops. They are long enough that the project is not ruined by an equipment malfunction. I love the pressure that exists of critiques every two weeks. You benefit from young intense minds, both student and instructors.
I am doing this not to get a degree. I earned that 45 years ago. I am doing this to learn more about the hobby that has always interested me and to continue keeping my mind active in my retirement. President Obama has stressed that everyone who can should get more education. The state of Ohio, very low in the national education standards lists, offers this in any course study, not just art related. Do other states offer it? I don’t know, but if I lived somewhere else I would be looking. When this comes up in conversation it proves to be a surprise to most of the senior Ohioans I meet. Is it possible you are missing a superb benefit available where you live?
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Many Colleges and Universities in Canada have the same benefit, unless courses/programs are full.
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