Looks like I wasn't too far out, BH Photo have that exact kit (SRT-200 + 45mm f2) for $229 plus shipping, see http://tinyurl.com/2qlsdx
Originally Posted by elekm
I want to take the photograph I think I'm taking
Here's one that went for a lot less. Same setup.
Plus, two that went for even less than this, although both cameras have problems.
Even so, I don't think most people would pay that much for this camera. However, you never know, so it's worth a try.
Then you should by all means go ahead and sell the rest for whatever you can get. You've more than "paid back" the gift given you.
Originally Posted by dana44
Good luck with the move.
It's an "iffy" market when selling film cameras. I've bought and sold cameras at prices that I've found surprising. As an example, I bought a back-up F100 with a SB-28 flash for under $300, which is a very good price considering the items were near mint.
"The secret to life is to keep your mind full and your bowels empty. Unfortunately, the converse is true for most people."
This is what I got for all 3 together. Funny thing is, the camera is in VERY VERY good condition, as well as the glass.
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Well it's a buyers market, not a sellers.
The dealer will put a good mark-up on those cameras etc, but he will have to give a warranty in return.
Like anything else that has a used market there are highs and lows in pricing.
If you find someone that absolutely has to have an item you're going to hit the high end, otherwise you can bottom out.
Comparing retail to private party shouldn't be done.
Yes, B&H asks 229 for an item, they may sit on that for six months. It doesn't cost them anything to store the item, it doesn't eat much, you don't have to maintain it etc.
You can see the extremes if you look at something like craigslist. Sometimes you have giveaways & sometimes people think they've got the crown jewels.
Be realistic in your values.
I've met people who have had exceptional luck at garage sales & some who have paid more than retail. Know what you have & what you're looking for.
Although the Minolta SRT range are very well thought of and sturdy and reliable there isn't that much demand for them and there are huge numbers of them around. A dealer can charge more because they will normally offer a few months guarantee and presumably it will have been checked and serviced if necessary. But of course the amount they pay to buy one will be much lower as they have to cover all this and the camera will probably be gathering dust for several months before it sells (if it sells)
On auction sites such as ebay they can be picked up for next to nothing and Minolta manual focus lenses go cheaply too (much cheaper than Nikon lenses for example). So my betting, sad to say, is that you are not going to make a fortune on these items and that perhaps, as others have suggested, you might consider donating them to some worthy person or cause.
Looks like I may end up going that route, But at this point, any bit of cash is like.... GOLD to me. heh, I really hate my job, and being in the process of moving at the same time.
I have to agree, 230$ seem's a little High. Especially seeing that EOS-3' and F-100's can be had for the same price. Although there are some camera's that hold and rise in price, Like the F3's, but I don't think the the old Minoltas hold as well. I could be wrong though