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    Buying a boxed (new) Bronica

    What about buying a boxed, unused Bronica? I know cameras like to be used and can gum up when left on the shelf. Any experience with buying a MF camera that has been sitting in a box for X years. Should I factor in a CLA in the price or what is your valued opionion on this?

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    I geuss it depends on how long it was boxed and where it was located at (cool dry or humid). If the price is reasonable it might be a good buy. Bronica is a great camera!

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    When I bought my RB last year the lens the seller had on it had a frozen shutter from lack of use, it had probably been used twice in the previous 10+ years. It was a complete surprise to him that it wasn't working.

    I just made an offer on the rest of the camera and let him keep the lens.

    It was easy and inexpensive to replace the lens with a nice working used one.

    Going forward if the RB body broke I'd just replace it, hard to justify a CLA when KEH is offering a working replacement for $43 and nice older lenses for under $150.
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    Can you test drive it? I'd want to try it before I buy it. If it works, you are in luck, if not, you are still in luck(cause you didn't buy it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralnphot View Post
    Can you test drive it? I'd want to try it before I buy it. If it works, you are in luck, if not, you are still in luck(cause you didn't buy it).
    No I can't. It's at a dealer several 1000 kms from me.

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    Mats,

    I can't help with whether the camera you are looking at will have problems or not, but I did purchase a "new old" stock SQ-B kit with 80mm f/2.8 a few years ago and haven't experienced any issues.

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    Is it a 645 RF model? That one is becoming a cult camera and I sure would like to have a NOS RF.

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    I would only buy it if the seller would give me a return period of say, 7 to 14 days. If it was sitting in box for years, fungus or dried or gummed up oil can be an issue. If nothing shows; on the other hand, in that period, it could also be a great buy. Again, I'd like to have an inspection/return period clearly stated before I hand over the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    Is it a 645 RF model? That one is becoming a cult camera and I sure would like to have a NOS RF.
    NOS?

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    In some models (SQ-* series), I would imagine the light seals in the backs might have turned to goo and nearly disappeared whether the camera was used or not. That's not a big deal to remedy, but would entail some work and at least cost of materials.

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