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    Winning the e-bay game....

    I love this stuff. Buying something that is listed for much less than other similar items. There is some risk, but that is the excitement. In this case a 6008i for hundreds less than similarly listed items. Near mint condition with some secret hidden flaw. In this case I found it right away. The film did not fully wind up after the last exposure. A quick inspection of the pressure plate revealed the sensor-wire had broken off near the solder joint. An easy fix!

    It is odd to find this in a near-mint specimen with no signs of tampering. Perhaps a QC issue. If anyone has a 6008i that does not wind up the film after the last exposure, check the little wire. You can see it without taking the pressure plate off, just look in from the side.

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    Congrats!!!
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    I've had a few scores like that. Most recently (okay, a few years ago) an Elan 7NE and an EOS RT for about a third the going rate, primarily because of bad photos of the items, and little to no description. Both in perfect condition. Last year I received a box full of dead T90s for $24 and free shipping. Revived the first one by tapping it on the ground. Well, bashing it would be a better description...
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    Whatever that's supposed to mean.

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    I've had a few deals like that, often where something was "broken," but the seller didn't really know how to use it ("Studio shutter fires at only one speed"--well, yeah), or it was a routine fix that people are afraid to touch. It is rare that some really old LF shutter is really in good working order, for instance. Better just to factor in the cost of a CLA and consider it a bonus if it turns out to be unnecessary.

    Knowledge is worth money.
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    I've managed to stumble into a couple of amazing deals, the most recent being a mint Bronica S2 for $120. I found it at a used camera shop in columbus ohio and had to have it when I found out not only how cheap it was, but that it also had a Nikkor lens. I've put about 15 rolls of 120 through it with only 1 very minor problem, a cable release works fine if threaded into the shutter button but doesn't do anything through the cable release port on the bottom of the body. Personally I can't imagine ever needing the one on the bottom so it's fine with me.
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    The release on the bottom is handy, if you have the camera on a tripod and you have something like a compendium shade on the lens. You also need it, if you ever get the L-grip.
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    You gotta be careful with eBay or you soon wind up with a closet full of "bargains" that you never actually use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatchetman View Post
    You gotta be careful with eBay or you soon wind up with a closet full of "bargains" that you never actually use.
    Like all those Canon FD lenses I've got, theres a 100-300, a 18-28, and a 400mm that I haven't even tried out due to my current affair with medium format.
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    Zeiss Ikon Ikonta M 524/16, Novar-Anastigmat 75mm F=3.5
    Nikon FTn, Nikkor-H.C 50mm F=2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatchetman View Post
    You gotta be careful with eBay or you soon wind up with a closet full of "bargains" that you never actually use.
    If this gives you some fun...
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    With careful attention, a bit more knowledge than the seller, and a dash of good luck, you still do get bargains on Ebay. Like my second Rolleiflex 2.8E - I got it for about $550, and all it needs is an adjustment to the film sensor roller so that it will handle black-and-white emulsions (which seem to be a hair thinner than color, so it skips the first frame on the roll with most b/w emulsions. Not a problem, as I have another Rolleiflex body that reads them just fine).

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