The last few weekends have been target rich opportunities. $5 K1000, and another $15 K1000 with bag, 135mm, and flash. $25 Canon AE1-P with 28mm and 50MM Fd lenses, and a Canon AE1 with Vivitar series 1 28-90, bag and another FD 50mm for $15. Minolta XG with a bag for $10 and a SRT102 with a Hoya zzom and 28mm prime for $10. Some of the pieces I've bought have been mainly for lenses and such, I'm thinking I need to figure out which cameras I want to keep and fleabay the rest.
The Minoltas came from garage sales within walking distance. It's getting to the point where I leave anything more than $25 on the table.
Back in 2005, a guy at a flea market in central Brussels was selling cameras he had bought (probably for peanuts) from an old lady who's husband had passed away. She didn't know the value of this collection. Turned out the seller didn't either...
Among lots of Praktika, Chinon and the like ... a Nikon FM in beautiful condition. So, Beauty among the Beasts, a flower surrounded by rubbish.
Got it for 45 euro. He he, didn't need it but the bargain was just too hot to be missed.
I see quite a bit of stuff out at my local flea market, from junk to real good stuff.
I have two very good photography oriented flea market finds.
1) 1st edition of Eliot Porter's "In Wildness..." in good condition for $1. Its not everyone's cup of tea, but its certainly worth more than a dollar.
2) 4X5 Calumet rail camera with a 65/8 Schneider Super Angulon and 150/5.6 Schneider Symmar-S and 12 film holders, a case and a tripod for $100. I never planned on shooting 4X5, but now its my primary format.
The one I let get away was a Minolta setup with a Rokkor-X 35/1.8 and 85/1.7 and a body in good condition. The guy wanted something like $40 for it. I've also seen lots of FD mount Canon cameras and a few Nikons and quite a few Pentax m42 mount bits.
The one I let get away was a Minolta setup with a Rokkor-X 35/1.8 and 85/1.7 and a body in good condition. The guy wanted something like $40 for it.
I can't believe that you let those lenses get away. You could have sold them on eBay for $200 each, in nice condition. I ought to know—I've been waiting for a bargain to happen on those two lenses, and they always go for more than I can afford.
At the county land fill somebody had thrown out many boxes of older 35mm cameras and lenes. I started grabing as much as I could before the dosezer plowed them under ,ended up with a Regula RM,Kodak Signet 40,two small selinim cell lite meter(both work),a 58mm 1.4 mc Rokkor PF Minolta lens (aperture blades are sluggish) misc. camera straps and stuff. Alot more stuff there but they chased me off as your not suppose to salvage any thing. Keep thinking that there was more treasure there but could not get to it.