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07-04-2015, 10:33 AM   #3076
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Unbelievable thrift store score yesterday ... all for 21€ !!!

Back left to right : a Medical Nikkor 120/4 (5€), a Canon F-1 with FD 35/2.8 (5€) and a Nikon F3 with Micro Nikkor 55/2.8 plus MD4 (5€) ...
Front left to right : a Minolta XD7 with MD 50/3.5 Macro, a Nikkormat FT N with HC Auto 50/2 and an engraved OM-1 with 50/1.8 plus Recordata Back 1 (4€) ...

The OM-1 is engraved "HOPITAL ERASME" on one side of the prism and "OPTHALMOLOGIE" on the other side. This hospital is in Bruxelles ?!

Everything works at the moment except for the meter on the Nikkormat, the shutter is slow on the XD7 and I cannot (yet) get the MD4 to work. Cannot test the Medical Nikkor ... too bad.

What's funny is that Gilbert got "fed up" adding all this up in his head to write the invoice pay ticket (you know, 5 + 4 + 5 + 5 ...), so when he came to the unmarked XD7, he said "1" ... and did the same for the Nikkormat despite it being marked "5". The F3 was also "unmarked", but we agreed that it was a 5€ item. Ha!

This is my best score by far ... only thing that comes close is finding an Angιnieux 35-70 for 5€.
Did someone really write a big '5' on that Nikkormat lens?

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Did someone really write a big '5' on that Nikkormat lens?
Yes ... but don't worry. I use baby butt wipes to remove those marks and it was only on the filter.

They do that at my thrift store ... .

An easy clean, luckily.
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Shot a few close ups of the SPII.









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Shot a few close ups of the SPII.
Looks like it's spent the last six decades in a box. My Spotmatic (1st version) wears the scars of use.

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They cleaned up quite nice ... everything AOK with new batteries.

These are the inventory "mug shots" ... happy camper.



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Nice F3 and F1 Jean. I used to have a F3 a long time ago. I want to get another one, and I want to get the Canon F1, but the new version of it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
They cleaned up quite nice ... everything AOK with new batteries.

These are the inventory "mug shots" ... happy camper.
Handsome cameras. The Canon has a reputation of feeling as solid as brick, something they probably did intentionally to give a "feel" of professional-level durability.
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Thanks Bill & W ... the Canon F-1 feels like you could use it to hammer nails ... Canon* is not my thing nor is Nikon, so they will be traded away a the next big swap.

There was a "Nikon freak" vendor that had a M 85/2 which was "too pricey" for me. Maybe he will like my F3 combo ... I would trade pretty quick.

* NB : I like my Canonet range finder collection ...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Thanks Bill & W ... the Canon F-1 feels like you could use it to hammer nails ... Canon* is not my thing nor is Nikon, so they will be traded away a the next big swap.

There was a "Nikon freak" vendor that had a M 85/2 which was "too pricey" for me. Maybe he will like my F3 combo ... I would trade pretty quick.

* NB : I like my Canonet range finder collection ...
Stupid question but how come the thrift store charges such low prices for cameras? Don't they have Google? And who donates the stuff? Here in Norway people tend to try to sell such items online and they set fantasy prices on the items. Often refering to similar fantasy prices on ebay.
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Stupid question but how come the thrift store charges such low prices for cameras? Don't they have Google? And who donates the stuff? Here in Norway people tend to try to sell such items online and they set fantasy prices on the items. Often refering to similar fantasy prices on ebay.
I have no idea if they have Internet. Apparently, it's just one person that prices the small amount of camera stuff. They usually let a bunch pile up, then price it and set it out. Also, there's really not "a lot" coming through there ... I just go often and early to get the best.

Based on experience, a lens can go from 3€ to 5€, a compact from 2€ to 5€, a SLR from 5€ to 7€ and a "camera kit" bag with SLR and additional lens(es) and/or flash from 7€ to 10€. They have a "junk bin" in which I last found a Nikon F100 with shutter release for 6€ ... and they also have an "antique" section with a counter for photo gear, which can be bad, junk stuff and some good stuff. Also, I also picked up TWO Durst M305 enlargers with lens for 5€ each ...

It all varies a lot. That's just the way it is ...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
I have no idea if they have Internet. Apparently, it's just one person that prices the small amount of camera stuff. They usually let a bunch pile up, then price it and set it out. Also, there's really not "a lot" coming through there ... I just go often and early to get the best.

Based on experience, a lens can go from 3€ to 5€, a compact from 2€ to 5€, a SLR from 5€ to 7€ and a "camera kit" bag with SLR and additional lens(es) and/or flash from 7€ to 10€. They have a "junk bin" in which I last found a Nikon F100 with shutter release for 6€ ... and they also have an "antique" section with a counter for photo gear, which can be bad, junk stuff and some good stuff. Also, I also picked up TWO Durst M305 enlargers with lens for 5€ each ...

It all varies a lot. That's just the way it is ...
I need to visit France again soon. Can one find any good stuff in Paris?
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I need to visit France again soon. Can one find any good stuff in Paris?
Not really. Paris is very, very competitive for just about everything. I lived there for 8 years and scored very little, but I was not looking too hard either.

My biggest "camera experience" in Paris was when our apartment got burglarized and some nice photo stuff was stolen ... back in my Minolta SLR collection days.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Not really. Paris is very, very competitive for just about everything. I lived there for 8 years and scored very little, but I was not looking too hard either.

My biggest "camera experience" in Paris was when our apartment got burglarized and some nice photo stuff was stolen ... back in my Minolta SLR collection days.
Guess the best camera find and wine/food finds would be outside Paris

To bad about the break in. Hope I never will experience that.
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These are the inventory "mug shots" ... happy camper.
You certainly scored well. I have often wondered if the F3 was worth having, since I own lovely F and F2 examples. The F3 at least has a manual winder although I believe it is otherwise battery dependent. The F4,5,6 all look like plastic monstrosities I would not enjoy holding, even though they are undoubtedly fine cameras.
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Thanks Bill & W ... the Canon F-1 feels like you could use it to hammer nails ... Canon* is not my thing nor is Nikon, so they will be traded away a the next big swap.

There was a "Nikon freak" vendor that had a M 85/2 which was "too pricey" for me. Maybe he will like my F3 combo ... I would trade pretty quick.

* NB : I like my Canonet range finder collection ...
I would recommend to keep at least the F-1, as it is IMO one of the best professional cameras ever made in terms of quality.

Mine also has the Canon FD 55mm f1.2 lens, all together they are in 1.35 kg range and I don't use them often because of the weight, but in terms of mechanical smoothness is better than my F2s.

This is my F-1 "exploded":


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