Camera Classifications??

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  1. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Excerpt from a Humor Page:

    TERMS
    Antique.................older than the dealer
    Old.......................as old as the dealer
    Early.....................younger than the dealer
    Classic..................as old as the dealer's oldest kid
    Collectible..............for sale
    Modern..................used by the dealer's kid, too complicated to explain
    User......................not completely broken
    Sophisticated.........too complicated to use, too hard to hold
    Ergonomic.............too complicated to use, but easy to hold
    Interesting.............ugly
    Unusual.................ugly
    Uncommon............one of the few the dealer has left
    Acquire.................to pay way too much, see also "temporary insanity"
    Find......................to pay less than you expected
    Buy......................to pay more than you expected
    Temporary insanity....a purchase wich results in instant regrets, see also
    "acquire"

    CONDITION CODES:
    New, in the box ................almost new, with a box
    New..................................almost new without a box
    As new.............................used, but sold "as new"
    Like new...........................used, but not engraved
    Mint..................................not heavily used or engraved
    Ex+++..............................not heavily used, may be engraved
    Ex+..................................heavily used and engraved
    Ex....................................still recognizable as a camera
    Ex-...................................no longer recognizable as a camera
    Very good.........................may not be a camera

    C10...................................anything Ex or above
    C9 or less..........................anything below Ex

    Repairable.........................broken
    Restorable.........................badly broken
    Restored............................cleaned by dealer
    Brassing............................worn out
    Ding..................................bashed repeatedly
    Cleaning marks..................any scratch, gouge, or chip in the lens
    Fungus..............................mushrooms growing between elements
    Hazy, foggy.......................lens cleaned with steel wool and abrasives
    Inop..................................badly broken
    Sluggish............................something moves, but not in a useful manner

    CATCH PHRASES
    Daguerrean equipment.............any wooden camera, pre-1900
    dry-plate camera.....................any other wooden camera
    wet-plate camera.....................any other wooden camera found in the
    Pacific Northwest
    Museum piece........................owned by the dealer's parents
    Early Polaroid..........................film no longer available
    Collectible Polaroid..................a lie
    Leica copy..............................not a wooden camera

    :lol:
     
  2. Shutter Bug

    Shutter Bug TPF Noob!

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    :LOL: I know it's a bit old and I'm late in replying, but that's funny.
     
  3. markc

    markc TPF Noob!

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    Bwahahaha! I'm glad you did, or I wouldn't have seen it!
     
  4. aggiezach

    aggiezach Yup...

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    Same here! LOL :D
     
  5. vonnagy

    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    good one mitica.. it took long enough for you to get recognition for this masterpiece eh? :lol:
     
  6. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It took even longer for me to reply!... :D :D :D
     

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