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    Quote Originally Posted by Taiko View Post
    I figured it would be a bit high. I indeed checked with keh.com, though with shipping/insurance costs and import duties it could add up to an additional 30-35% on top of the KEH prices.
    I will make a bid of 700 euro and see if the seller is willing to negotiate.

    Thanks for your input. By the way, are you from dutch or belgian origin? Seems like it, judging by your last name
    The price is a bit high but as you are figuring in what it would cost to ship, that is fair.

    Be sure to include a return policy of some sort so if there is anything is seriously wrong with the klit, you have that option.

    But regardless of the price, figure in having the light seals done and a general CLA.

    Before using the camera, read the user manual first! This is a tricky camera for beginers n missuse can cause serious damge. Remeber to cock the lens and the body before mounting a lens or it will lock the camera up. A manual is available here....
    http://www.butkus.org/chinon/mamiya/...rb67_pro_s.htm
    Be sure to make a donation to the guy?


    If the seals are gummy you will have to replace them (maybe DIY?) Check the bellows carefully for light leaks using a bright light inside the camera in a dark room, dry fire the lenses while looking through them to be sure they are working properly, advance a test roll of film through the back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by paul ron View Post
    The price is a bit high but as you are figuring in what it would cost to ship, that is fair.

    Be sure to include a return policy of some sort so if there is anything is seriously wrong with the klit, you have that option.

    But regardless of the price, figure in having the light seals done and a general CLA.

    Before using the camera, read the user manual first! This is a tricky camera for beginers n missuse can cause serious damge. Remeber to cock the lens and the body before mounting a lens or it will lock the camera up. A manual is available here....
    http://www.butkus.org/chinon/mamiya/...rb67_pro_s.htm
    Be sure to make a donation to the guy?


    If the seals are gummy you will have to replace them (maybe DIY?) Check the bellows carefully for light leaks using a bright light inside the camera in a dark room, dry fire the lenses while looking through them to be sure they are working properly, advance a test roll of film through the back.


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    Make sure to listen to this guy. He's the resident expert on the RB system around these parts.

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    Thanks for the replies and good advice guys!

    I've decided against buying the set and place a bid on a Pro-SD with K/L 127mm. In the event I don't win the auction, I'll probably order from KEH. I've learned that the 30-35% import duties I calculated was a bit too high. If I'm correct it's somewhere between 20-25%. Guess I'll find out soon enough

    Since I'm new to the format and film in general, I figured one lens is probably enough for a good while. Untill I've figured everything out technically. Not just operating the camera, but developing and scanning the negatives as well. I like a challenge and figuring things out though. So I'm very excited getting started!

    Great tip on the manual, I will certainly read it.

    Cheers,
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    Last edited by Taiko; 08-18-2012 at 12:20 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    The CLA is also something I didn't consider.
    Let's see if I can find such a service here in the Netherlands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taiko View Post
    The CLA is also something I didn't consider.
    Let's see if I can find such a service here in the Netherlands.
    One thing I have always wondered is what KEH's response would be if you requested that their repair department did a full inspection and CLA (at your cost) before they shipped the camera.

    Would they still permit you to return the camera for a refund?

    Would they charge you for the inspection and CLA if a serious problem was revealed?

    Would they agree?

    They do have a busy repair department.

    If you ask them these questions, it would be great to hear their response.
    Matt

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    I've decided against buying the set and place a bid on a Pro-SD with K/L 127mm.
    Taiko,

    I think this is a wise decision.

    Pro SD, RB's, will accept all of the modern KL series of lenses,
    and should you choose...also, the motorized 6 X 8 film back.
    SD's are the newest or latest model of the RB.

    As others have mentioned, the sellers asking price of 900 euro for the Pro S kit, is...overly optimistic.
    As prices here in the USA are often less then in Europe, 600 euro,
    or 1/3 less, could still be considered a bit high for that Pro S kit.

    Marc

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    I may be cynical, but I'm always amused by these posts about "a fair price", what's a fair price depends on if you're the buyer, or the seller .
    Ben

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