At an outdoor sale this morning - A Yashica Minister D rangefinder camera in nice condition with accurately working meter and functional rangefinder focusing for £8 (about $12).
"People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.
This weekend I stumbled upon a garage sale that was selling off a lot of Ham Radio gear, and I got talking to the vendor, as the time was late and traffic was light. I suggested that she would do better to sell it at a ham swap fest.
I mentioned that I had done ham as a teen, but had take a fork and chosen photography as a hobby.
I got steered to some boxes of photo gear.
For $15 I came home with:
a Norman 200B flash pack and charger with LH2 head,
about 200 mid 70's to early 80's Kodachomes that guy had shot before passing on,
a Kodak bantam safelight (or something like that), c/w green and yellow cups and 7.5w bulb, still in box
a 35mm bulk loader and about 6 reloadable cassettes,
a roll of expired 80 Plus x 20 exposure new in box,
some old Kodachome mailers for Kodak Toronto ( neat historical value to me ),
a bunch of 6"x6" white acrylic diffusers,
a complete old Kodak chem tri pack unopenned, and sundry openned envelopes,
a (glass) bottle of photo flow 200,
sundry synch cords,
a cable release,
49mm UV and polarizer filters in good shape,
and the bottom half of an old enlarger head - c/w cheap 50mm lens, red filter, condenser lens set, 35mm neg carrier and bellows, and flilter drawer. The bellows length was adjusted by turning a knurled nut on a threaded rod. I had never seen this design before.
The Norman flash pack appears quite viable. I have tested it with offboard batteries, reconditioned the electrolytic caps, and it seems ok. The 50w/s and 100w/s put out the same amount of light, but the 200w/s switch setting yields two stops more light, so I am thinking there is a fried diode in the power switch area. So the fix is to feed it newer batteries (the nicads are dated Oct 1980), and the doide will get swapped when I find one with suitable current and reverese voltage breakdown ratings. Then I will have another substantial battery powered flash for my on the road portrait lighting kit.
my real name, imagine that.
Yesterday I found a Rollei 35S at a garage sale for $20. It has a few dents and is missing the beauty ring on the lens. It seems to work just fine and I'm extremely happy because I've always wanted one of these things.
Heresy and a Thrift Store Find
So, other than a couple of point and shoot cameras, I've never owned or really used anything with auto-focus or motor wind. For SLRs, I've been an Olympus fan since the beginning (mid 1970s).
But I have been curious.
So here is my latest thrift store acquisition: a Canon EOS Rebel 2000 with Canon EOS EF 28-90mm f/4.0-5.6 lens.
$20.00 - and it seems to work fine!
Boy is this camera light! And my wife likes the strap .
I'm not really keen about all the buttons, and would really prefer having an aperture ring, but it seems learn-able.
For that price, it also included a "free" Sigma 70-210mm UC Zoom, but the aperture isn't working properly on it (viewing at f/22 is not easy).
Naturally I have now ordered from Hong Kong an OM to EOS lens adapter - for the entertainment of course.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
I managed to find a Yashica T2 for $2.95 USD at a Goodwill.
It needs a new battery though. Not sure if it works. I'll find out when I get a battery.
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Originally Posted by bushpig
If found a T2 at the thrift shop also, you know you got a good deal when
the battery costs more than the camera. Got it loaded with Tri-X, and waiting
by the mailbox for the batteries to get here. I can't wait !
Last fall I got a Cannon A1 with Powerwinder A2, two lenses (100-300 5.6 and a 55mm 1.4 (I think), Data Back A and Speedlight 199. Toss in the Hakuba case and I picked it up for $125 US. Really clean and gently used. And this was at the local Goodwill store. I opened the case, look at what camera was in the case, asked if it worked. The sales associate said that they thought so, it made "normal" camera sounds when the looked at it. I replaced the camera, closed the lid and took everything to the sales counter. MINE!
Goes well with the AE-1P that I was given when my brother went total digital.....
No finds so far in 2011?
I can't believe some of the stuff you guys have found, I have been here in orange county for a couple years now and I've no idea where to find any garage sales or flea markets. I must keep looking though.
My best find (so far) was about 5 years ago when I was living in Santa Barbara, I found an Olympus 35RD for $20. It was super clean cosmetically but needed some adjustments in the lens. I had a CLA done and sold it a couple years later for $350 haha.
my old Oly RD by Abram Goglanian, on Flickr
Most recently at a goodwill store (4 days ago) I found a Pentax P3 with a SMC-A 50mm f/2 for $14. The camera looked like it was in primo shape but there was no batteries so I wasn't sure if it worked. Popped in some fresh batteries and PRESTO! I sent off a roll of Ektar 100 that I ran through it to make sure it actually works right.
Pentax P3 w/ SMC-A 50mm f/2 by Abram Goglanian, on Flickr
Leica M2 / Hasselblad 500CM
A $2.00 Olympus Stylus !
When I decided I wanted to set up a darkroom I went to Craigslist and found a guy selling a "Beseler 23c and misc items" for $50. That sounded like a fair enough price for the enlarger and what I thought would be assorted enlarger accessories.
When I arrived to pick it up he told be he had found some other stuff and I could take it if I wanted it. I ended up with the enlarger with 50mm and 75mm lenses and neg carriers for 35mm and 6x6, an 8x10 easel, grain focuser, Ilford and Kodak contrast filters, a box full of expired film (around 50 rolls total, mostly FP4, but also an unopened "Tech Pak" which had two rolls of Tech Pan and a packet of Technidol LC), a 4 roll Nikor developing tank with lid and cap, assorted reels, a couple boxes each of 8x10 and 11x14 Ilford MG paper, an unopened box or 5"x75m paper, a couple of tri-chem packs, a box of Microdol-X packets, 2 small metal cans of Microdol-X, a glass bottle of Photo Flo, unopened packets of Dektol, Selectol Soft, and Kodak Fixer, 4 each of huge bottles of Ilford stop bath and fixer, a paper cutter, tongs, a film squeege, a bunch of clips, an old Kodak safelight with green and yellow caps, and 9 developing trays. There's probably some more stuff I've forgotten about too.
For $50 I filled our Ford Focus to the gills!