Dont you just love that! It is enough to make you squemaish about ever taking a camera outside! In fact until I was turned onto the used options out there I thought all LF systems cost a few grand and the lenses at least $1,500.
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Personally, I'd never buy anything over $20 on e-bay, but that's just me. I've bought a couple lenses from KEH and I have to agree that they are pretty generous with the ratings. One lens I compared with a brand new one at the local camera store and I couldn't tell the difference. I had the owner check out the optics and he said it's in perfect condition. What I like about KEH is the 10 day inspection period and the 60 day return policy - no questions asked - for a $50 re-stocking fee.
The horror stories I've read on other sites about e-bay purchases really makes me wonder sometimes.
Best of luck to you. Hope you get the ELX and that's in the condition the seller claims. If so, you got a good camera.
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Me too. I sold my ELX because I needed a smaller camera but not because of the batteries. New NiMH batteries for the ELs are available but expensive. Closest thing to the Varta-Cell I found and made was to interconnect 5 AAA-NiCds, and put them in a Kodak (Ilfords or Fujis won't fit) plastic film can. Make the contact-wires stick out of either end of the can and use this as usual. With the cells I used capacity was a bit lower but the greatest loss in capacity was still in self-discharge as the ELs do not consume that much energy per cycle.
Originally Posted by The Specialist
Don't buy an ELX unless you intend to use it in the studio. I personally wouldn't buy anything on EBay. I agree KEH is good and believe the ratings are accurate. George Ury is also trustworthy. Adorama is great provided you deal with Fred Wasser. Just remember ,that especially on lenses- even some CF 's are 20 years old. I recently purchased a mint CF and took it to hasselblad to have the speeds checked-they were all off and the lens needed to be clean,lubed and adjusted. Older bodies,generally need new mirror foam. Time isn't necessarily the enemy as much as no or little use. Buyer beware. Ebay is full of fraud.
As long as there are those that buy film,shoot film and process film -there will always be film. Don't believe the myth that film is dead or dying.
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As 90% of my business is based on ebay, I have to disagree on it being full of fraud, although there are bad sellers, the majority are not bad.
I have become the number one seller of ground glass screens in the world and most of our sales have come from ebay, you have to be very careful in dealing with people on ebay, but most, and I would say 90% + are honest, it is like anything else, be careful and make sure you do the research and you will be fine..
Blanket statements do not alway tell the whole truth..
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Dave, the difference is you sell good stuff, not used junk!
Originally Posted by Satinsnow
Seriously, I've bought and sold a lot gear (both photo and musical instruments) on ebay. I've been burned twice, but there was a silver lining in both of those purchases...
Some people are like Slinkies. They're really good for nothing, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
Hi Bob! Long time no talk, hope things are well with you.....
I always took the same attitude on my used gear selling as well, if I would not use it, then it was not good enough for the web..
Hope things are well, give me a call to chat when you get a chance.
I've had pretty good luck buying cameras on Ebay. There have been a lot of cheaper vintage cams for my collection, but I've also purchased a Hassy 500C/M with all the fixin's, A Pentax 67II with all the fixin's, assorted 35mm, medium, and large format lenses, a Super Graphic, a Sekonic 508 light meter, darkroom equipment, etc...
I've been pleased and haven't had any problems, except for once when a guy described an item as a Hassy A16 back, and when it arrived it was an A16S back (for 4x4cm super slides), and refused to refund. Just look for good feedback and a 100% gauranteed return policy.
I also check out KEH and Midwest Photo Exchange before I bid on anything. I'd gladly pay more for their service, but sometimes you can find some great deals on Ebay.
Personally Ebay is too expensive for MF stuff. It's hit and miss with LF stuff. Too expensive on lenses and the odd time okay on bodies. I'd rather buy from KEH etc and it seems lately for less money then Ebay.