Graflex Speed Graphic
I was given this camera from my wife grandmother. I don't know anything about it other than what I have read online. I am trying to find out what it's value would be. Any help would be appreciated.
I didn't look too long because something really queer started happening to my computer as your pics were loading.
It looks like an Anniversary Graphic, a case, and a few holders. I didn't see what the lens was. In terms of value I wouldn't guess. Checking ebay completed auctions should be a good estimate since these come up fairly frequently.
From personal experience, however, I bought a similar set in fully operational condition, also including a Graflite flash, for $25. Most don't sell that low... I got very very lucky.
If you go to graflex.org and learn to use it, it will be more valuable to you than the money you could get for it.
I agree with Steve. A more comprehensive source of information is Graphic Graflex Photography by Morgan and Lester. Almost any of the many editions will cover your Anniversary model. Many online book sellers and auctions have these.
Poke around a bit and try to find some instant film for it, if that's what you use otherwise, and use it. What little I can discern from the photos is that as said, it's an Anny with an ILEX no. 3 Acme Synchro shutter with a lens of unknown focal length and possibly a largest aperture of f:4.
press cameras are regularly sold on ebay, and it would be easy to see what the
"going price" is for the camera, and film holders and lens through a completed auction search.
sometimes these cameras go for a large sum of money, as a kit, sometimes they don't go for much money at all.
often times cameras have more sentimental value than they do commercial value. i have some
that were given to me that i use and make photographs with. even though they would sell for very little on the auction site
and could probably be found at a goodwill / garage sale ... it doesn't matter much to me. i use the cameras because they are fun
and i feel a connection with the people who may have owned it before me.
i agree graflex.org and morgan and lester's book are the best way to really learn about graflex cameras. yours looks nice,
and the focal plane shutter makes it more useful than other cameras. you can use virtually any sort of lens as a camera lens
( things found on folding and box cameras, enlarger lenses, even magnifying glasses ), and the film holders let you
use inexpensive photo paper instead of film, and process one sheet at a time.
have fun with your new camera !
That case is really nice, you rarely see those large cases go on sale. My guess is that a collector on ebay would pay somewhere between $125 and $250 for everything pictured.
When selling a camera like this, being able to honestly describe the operating condition can greatly influence the price. Also, completely identifying the lens helps.