Sooooo... through random conversation on my glass art forum, I discovered someone who had a Kowa Six. Jokingly I asked if he wanted to sell it, and he said to make him a serious offer. I know NOTHING about this camera, other than what it looks like. Below is what he has for sale.
What would a kit like this be worth today?
I'm off to google.
KOWA 6 camera Body - no case, no box
Camera body handle/shutter release
KOWA 85mm 2.8 w/focus handle on camera
KOWA 250mm 5.6 lens w/hood & leather case
KOWA 55mm 3.5 lens w/leather case
Checkerboard lines - in camera
Ground Glass w/center spot
KOWA Telleconverter 2X
KOWA Extension Tubes - T1, T2, T3
Boxes for all excessories except 250mm lens.
By the looks of things bodies are worth anywhere from $150 to $300, and with lenses they are being sold for the $500 range.
I don't know whether to encourage you, or attempt to discourage you ....
It has been over 35 years since any Kowa equipment was manufactured. Even in their heyday, Kowa equipment wasn't particularly easy to find.
It may be that the kit you are considering is in great shape and will function well for you. And then again you may need service next week - and may or may not be able to find a good service resource.
I've never owned Kowa equipment, and only had slight experience with them when I was selling cameras, but they never seemed a good choice for someone to use as their only medium format system.
Others with more direct experience may very well disagree.
You might look through this photo net thread to get a flavour for the sort of concerns I have: http://photo.net/medium-format-photo...0Z2tm?start=10
EDIT: If you decide to go ahead with this, the following APUG thread may be useful: kowa-repair-service
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Based on my very brief research, I don't think I would/could buy it unless he would take a ridiculously low price for it, and I don't want to be 'that' lowball guy.
I have a Kowa outfit, 4 lens set, bought mine used over 30 years aso. Do not have the teleconverter or extension tubes. There are a couple of folks who repair Kowa's but parts are hard to find. Lens are fair to good, but not on the par of Ziess or a modern Japaness lens, I can get a quite good 16X20. The only issue that has come about which I have not found a reason for is that HP5 will not cock the mirror return as the film is advanced and the mirror locks, has not happened with any other film type such as Delta 400 or Tir X. Are the lens the chrome or black versons? A 66 rather than a Super 66 I guess older chrome. I would pay $450 to $500 for a clean set up, but consider finding a Super 66 with mirror lock up and interchangable backs, last model made as your primary body and use the 66 for a backup. I think a super 66with a 80 2.8 and 250 black lens sold for $495 at a local shop a couple of months ago.
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I always walk on the "make me an offer" guys. If the price is a secret, so is my
Originally Posted by ChristopherCoy
I always understood that Kowas were very fragile and so I would spend my money on an RB67
That teleconverter is quite rare and would have excellent resale value. It's a high quality item and would match up particularly well with the 250mm.
I think it would be a steal at $550. You can always pick up a Super 66 body later if you need it. My lenses test on par with my Hassies.
I remember looking at the Kowa 6 when they were first marketed. IMHO, they were a piece of junk, just like their 35mm cameras. I would heed the advice above. You might be stuck with a $500 boat anchor, except they're not heavy enough for that.