Quote Originally Posted by lns View Post
I'm sorry for the loss of your father-in-law. And I know how hard it is to handle an estate.

Here are three quick options:

1. Sell in bulk to KEH. If you call them on Monday, you can get a price for all the equipment, which you can then ship off to them. They will likely pay less than half of what they will sell it for. This is your easiest and fastest option to get rid of the equipment quickly, though you won't get top dollar.

2. Sell yourself. This requires a lot of work and time. You could, of course, take the equipment to an ebay reseller, who will sell it for you and take a percentage, but having known people who did this with non-camera equipment while settling an estate, I worry that you probably will net approximately the same amount as with option 1, and it will take longer. Of course, you can sell it here on APUG, and that would be great. But to do so, you first have to have an idea of what these things are worth. Looking at KEH or ebay completed sales will give you an idea, but note that people pay less from a private seller. Still, I know I'm looking for a simple Nikon for my daughter who's taking a photo class, and I bet I'm not the only one who'd be interested in some of the things on your list.

3. Donate them to a photo education program. If there's a local high school or college offering film photography, they may be grateful for the equipment. On the other hand, school is usually out this time of year, so you may have to wait a few months. Or you could donate them through APUG - the ads are free.

Thanks to both of you for your thoughtful replies! The loss of my wife's father was very difficult - he was one of the best friends I'll ever have and it's not often you get to say that about your father-in-law! I am grateful for the time we had together.

I have actually had most of the camera equipment for a while, I was just unsure what to do with it. I had aspirations of getting back in to the hobby but it's just not in the cards for the foreseeable future.

I did contact Alan at KEH - it turns out that they are located only about 50 miles away (the other side of Atlanta from me) so that might end up being the best option. I have a VERY marginal idea of what some of the equipment is worth from researching here, Ebay and some other sites. It looks like it varies widely so I'm still a little stuck on values.

I do sell things on Ebay from time to time but I always feel that it's a major hassle, especially with piecing things out. At the same time I feel that I would not do well on Ebay selling it all as a lot.

I think that I will wait to see what KEH comes back with and then go from there. I liked the idea of donating it to a high school. I actually teach part-time in the arts department of a high school and know the photography teacher quite well. Depending on the KEH offer I may heavily consider donating it.

Thanks again for your kind words and your help..