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    It's not really a new idea, except for the ridiculous price. There was a guy who covered a Mk.II Jaguar with rosewood veneer back in the late 60s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by summicron1 View Post
    you guys are being kinda harsh -- a full cla on any camera costs about $125-$175 or so and their site seems to claim a more extensive job than that -- plus hand-fitting a veneer covering, plus the snob mark up -- what the heck, if they can make money at it, let them, it's supporting film use.
    It's true--they also claim to clean the lenses, which most techs would charge extra for. And a few square inches of veneer must cost them at least $10 or so. So it can't really be more than 60 or 70 percent snob markup. As snob markups go, that's not too bad.

    But even if I was going to pay snob markup for a vintage rangefinder, it wouldn't be for an Argus (I am biased against them; I had one as a kid and it was horrible to use).

    I don't really see this as supporting much film use. How many cameras can they sell this way? Not very many, I'd guess.
    "People get bumped off." -- Weegee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moopheus View Post
    It's true--they also claim to clean the lenses, which most techs would charge extra for. And a few square inches of veneer must cost them at least $10 or so. So it can't really be more than 60 or 70 percent snob markup. As snob markups go, that's not too bad.

    But even if I was going to pay snob markup for a vintage rangefinder, it wouldn't be for an Argus (I am biased against them; I had one as a kid and it was horrible to use).

    I don't really see this as supporting much film use. How many cameras can they sell this way? Not very many, I'd guess.
    A full CLA includes cleaning the lens - otherwise it isn't a full CLA.
    An Argus brick is worth maybe $50 for a clean one with case. Say (to be safe) the CLA brings that to $200. They sell it - without even retouching the paint on the shutter release - for $1850. Thats a 925% markup, not 60-70%

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    Does anybody convert antique film cameras to digital? Now there's an idea.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    I noticed that the site has an extensive glossary, defining terms which anyone who's done photography for any length of time already knows. This suggests to me that they're aiming at people with more money than brains. Hmmm, not a bad business plan! To clean up an Argus C-3, readily available for what - $30 or less? - and offer it as a woodie for $1,875.00...I wish I'd thought of it first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Does anybody convert antique film cameras to digital? Now there's an idea.
    Not unless they like hospital food
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    Somehow, the wood covering doesn't 'do it' for me.
    Give me leather, exotic skin, or leatherette. Sorry Pee-tah!


    Yashica 'Mat':
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    Yashica 'LM':
    http://cameraleather.com/yashicatlr/mat_C_sadtan02.jpg

    'Argus':
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    'Mamiya C330':
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    'Honeywell Pentax':
    http://www.cameraleather.com/pentax/h1a_BRgreen.jpg


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    Those coloured leather camera's look awesome. Especially the Honeywell Pentax. But, as I asked before, does a coloured camera have any influence with marco photography? I think it might bounce off some coloured light on the subject.

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    Steven,
    Camera body color is basically a moot point in Macro.
    Often you shoot through a white board with a hole, just large enough for your lens to protrude through.
    This technique allows you to reflect more light on the subject, and the light appears to come from a larger source.
    Or, as in many situations, you're using a micro/macro ring flash attached to the lens. Again, camera body color is moot.

    Marc

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    DARKROOM AUTOMATION
    f-Stop Timers - Enlarging Meters
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