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    I have had many garage sale finds but the best was a Leica M2 with Summicron 35mm f:2. I don't expect to see any more of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skruft View Post
    I have had many garage sale finds but the best was a Leica M2 with Summicron 35mm f:2. I don't expect to see any more of those.
    Haha quit pulling our legs

    If true, then pics plus story.

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    ...skruft, I'm beyond jealous if thats true. I've just recently begun to accept a rangefinder with 35mm framelines would be my ideal camera... so the M2 has been hard to ignore.

    I gave up hitting garage sales and antique stores. I usually bump into people looking for cameras at each within 10 minutes of being there. Short of a connection with someone running the things, my chances of a big score were close to non existent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Legge View Post
    ...skruft, I'm beyond jealous if thats true. I've just recently begun to accept a rangefinder with 35mm framelines would be my ideal camera... so the M2 has been hard to ignore.

    I gave up hitting garage sales and antique stores. I usually bump into people looking for cameras at each within 10 minutes of being there. Short of a connection with someone running the things, my chances of a big score were close to non existent.
    Finding a Leica is the garage sale dream, and I think skruft is the only one living it

    I figure the only chance is if you're the first one there and scoop up the goods after a quick glance. In the early days I was looking at one of many camera/lenses at a sale, and some guy came and swooped up literally everything other than what I was holding in my hand. Then he stood around to make sure I was buying it before he left.

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    Yashica T4 in a charity shop for £2.50
    Didn't realise quite what a bargain it was until I got home and checked out the prices these sell for (not forgetting the data version that's just sold here on APUG).

    Steve

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    Voigtlander Bessa 6X9 Folder impeque. A gift after buying other cameras.
    " A loving and caring heart is the beginning of all knowledge " ~ Thomas Carlyle ~

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    I did find a Leica at a garage sale, maybe 15 or 20 years ago. An old woman had a garage sale and my wife and I looked at it and turned to walk away. The woman asked whether we were looking for anything in particular and I mentioned cameras. She said that she had one; it was old, bought by her husband in Germany. She brought it out, a Leica (I don't know the model) with a lens and asked $100 for it.

    I can't do that to a widow. I gave her the names of a couple of folks who wouldn't rip her off quite that much and went on my way. I wonder whether she ever sold it, or whether it ended up getting thrown out when she passed on. *Sigh*

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    A pre-WWII Bessa 66 (Baby Bessa) for $15 at a flea market. In excellent cosmetic shape, working just fine. It took me a while to figure out the tricky film advance (set frame 1 through a red window, then close the red window and work a set of two sliders to stop the advance automatically for each succeeding frame), but once you catch on it's easy. It's a brilliantly designed camera, the easiest to load of all my MF cameras and also the most compact. It fits easily in a jacket pocket. Unfortunately the swing-out yellow filter that carried the lens info had been torn off -- usually the case -- but judging by the results and the fact that it's in a 3.5 in a Compur 1-400 shutter makes me think it's one of the better ones, probably a Skopar.
    If anyone has one of these and is puzzled by the workings, I typed out a DIY instruction manual for a friend who borrowed the camera and I'd be glad to send on a PDF. Just drop me a PM.

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    Sorry, posted wrong. I realized too late that this is a forum for 35mm cameras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjs View Post
    I did find a Leica at a garage sale, maybe 15 or 20 years ago. An old woman had a garage sale and my wife and I looked at it and turned to walk away. The woman asked whether we were looking for anything in particular and I mentioned cameras. She said that she had one; it was old, bought by her husband in Germany. She brought it out, a Leica (I don't know the model) with a lens and asked $100 for it.

    I can't do that to a widow. I gave her the names of a couple of folks who wouldn't rip her off quite that much and went on my way. I wonder whether she ever sold it, or whether it ended up getting thrown out when she passed on. *Sigh*

    Mike
    Well, you could have explained what it was to her. If she still wanted $100 for it, you can take it without having a weight on your conscience

    I've had one similar great deal on an old Canon rangefinder, I think the seller was more happy that it was going to be used than she was about the money.



 

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