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    Whats a Nikon FM worth?

    Hey guys. Just registered. I shot film in the 90's in high school, quit shooting all together, then came back to digital a few years ago.

    I have an interest in shooting film again, and just won an auction on ebay for an FM. The auction ended at $34, which I am totally happy with, but I was wondering what these cameras typically go for in good condition.

    One photog said excellent condition models go for $100-$150. Is this accurate info?

    Looking forward to checking out the site. Thanks for any info!

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    34 USD is very cheap. A great bargain.

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    Whatever you can get for it. If you bought to resell, then check the big auction site.

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    Check out KEH.

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    I checked out KEH this morning. The 'bargain' condition bodies still go for $80-$90, unless they have significant body damage. KEH is still a retailer though, so I didn't know how well their prices correlated to the actual market.

    The $34 ebay find is supposedly in 'well kept' condition, and is being sold for an elderly neighbor without a computer. We'll see when it gets here I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherCoy View Post
    I checked out KEH this morning. The 'bargain' condition bodies still go for $80-$90, unless they have significant body damage. KEH is still a retailer though, so I didn't know how well their prices correlated to the actual market.

    The $34 ebay find is supposedly in 'well kept' condition, and is being sold for an elderly neighbor without a computer. We'll see when it gets here I guess.
    They sell them for that, look at other sources as a form of wholesale.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    When you get it and it is in great shape, consider yourself a really good eBay buyer and feel really lucky. That doesn't seem to happen much anymore (at least to me). I sincerely hope it is in great shape....those old FE's are such wonderful little cameras.

    Don't be suprised if you may have to throw some money at it for a CLA. If the old guy had it he probably hasn't used it for 10 years, it may not work right until you put a roll or two through it or have it CLAed in which case you may end up with as close to a perfect old FE as you could ever hope to find. Let's hope the guy didn't use it much........what a gem that would be!!

    Bob E.
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    Priceless. I bought mine new, in the mid 70's, and it still performs flawlessly.

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    Bob,

    I was planning on taking down to the local shop to have it cleaned and given a 'once over' just to make sure everything is where it is supposed to be. I still can't believe that the auction ended and I wasn't outbid.

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    I bought a used FM off ebay a fortnight back - cheap - because the 'meter not responding'. I have used it with a handheld meter, and the first two films through have come out perfect, using three different lenses. Apart from the meter not responding correctly, the camera is in exc+++ condition. I might even go for another FM.
    Re the meter, I have been told it may be dust, and to rotate the speed dial, and the ISO dial, and that may help. I am now getting reaction from the meter on occasions, - both + & - readings, besides correct exposure indication.
    Other suggestions are to clean the battery terminals.
    One guy posted diagrams as to dismantling the top and showed the inside. NOT for me. If the meter does not reactivate eventually, then I can still use it with a handheld meter.

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