Does anyone buy 35mm slr's anymore

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by BigB, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. BigB
    Offline

    BigB New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2013
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Md
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    I have a really nice 35mm slr that I never use anymore. Are these things just dinosaurs of the camera world now or are the worth anything for resale? If they have any value, where would be a good place to unload them. I have looked on ebay, but there seems to be a lot of unsold cameras there.

    Thanks for any input.
  2. pixmedic
    Offline

    pixmedic Mooderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2012
    Messages:
    7,679
    Likes Received:
    3,325
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Central Florida
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +3,327 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    we've given most of our film cameras away.
    theres always the few that are rare, or collectible...or Leica's.
    quite a few medium format cameras are still worth a few bucks.
  3. BrianV
    Offline

    BrianV New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2012
    Messages:
    806
    Likes Received:
    122
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +122 / 0
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    Depends on what you have. A Black Nikon F2 with eye-level finder, goes for a premium. A Nikon N70- goes for about $20. I paid a lot more for the N70 than I did the Black F2 with eye-level prism.

    This forum has an active collector's forum and film forum. You might try the classified ads here.
  4. BigB
    Offline

    BigB New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2013
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Md
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    Yeah, I kinda figured as much. Too bad. Thanks for the reply.
  5. Big Mike
    Offline

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,525
    Likes Received:
    1,725
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +1,731 / 0
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    I usually see a few of them in the local classified. People listing a camera/lens/flash/bag...for about 50% of what (their mom/dad/husband) paid for it 15 years ago. Of course, they could probably only get 10% of their asking price.
  6. BigB
    Offline

    BigB New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2013
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Md
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
  7. goodguy
    Offline

    goodguy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2012
    Messages:
    2,690
    Likes Received:
    485
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Toronto Canada
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +499 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    Very few people want these things , times changes and so does technology :(
  8. bunny99123
    Offline

    bunny99123 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2012
    Messages:
    772
    Likes Received:
    110
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Sherwood, AR
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +110 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    If you have a Minolta Maxxum, then you can get a some money from the lens. I bought a Minolta Maxxum 70 to 210mm to use on my Sony A55. Some photography classes in college require their students to start out with a film SLR sometimes you get a buyer that away.
  9. 2WheelPhoto
    Offline

    2WheelPhoto New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2011
    Messages:
    6,850
    Likes Received:
    994
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Tampa
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +994 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    I use these

    [​IMG]
  10. dxqcanada
    Offline

    dxqcanada Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    4,655
    Likes Received:
    458
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +458 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    Very few 35mm SLR cameras have value ... especially if build between 1970 to current.
    It's the old stuff that is in demand ... or the very unique.

    I sold my film stuff years ago ... and now I can buy it back for a fraction of the price.
  11. bhop
    Offline

    bhop Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2007
    Messages:
    2,158
    Likes Received:
    213
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +213 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    I still shoot film, so it's not so sad for my bank account.
  12. 2WheelPhoto
    Offline

    2WheelPhoto New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2011
    Messages:
    6,850
    Likes Received:
    994
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Tampa
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +994 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    [​IMG]
  13. KmH
    Offline

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    34,126
    Likes Received:
    4,088
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Iowa
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +4,106 / 2
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    Camera makers still make and sell brand new film cameras:

    Nikon's entry-level FM10 - FM10 from Nikon

    Nikon's pro grade F6 - F6 from Nikon
  14. djacobox372
    Offline

    djacobox372 New Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2008
    Messages:
    2,926
    Likes Received:
    129
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +129 / 0
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    Only the best of the best have any value, but film is still popular, especially with the new hipster crowd. I think it may even be gaining in popularity compared to a few years ago.

    Personally I only shoot digital for wildlife and sports, due to speed and iso performance. Everything else is shot on film because it still looks better in my subjective opinion.
  15. Patriot
    Offline

    Patriot New Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2012
    Messages:
    762
    Likes Received:
    91
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Spokane, Washington
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +91 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    A Nikon FM3A will always be on my dream list.
  16. BigB
    Offline

    BigB New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2013
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Md
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    I actually have a like new Maxxum XTSI w/ 2 lenses and a really old XD11 with a bunch of lenses that I got from my dad back in the 80's.
  17. dxqcanada
    Offline

    dxqcanada Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    4,655
    Likes Received:
    458
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +458 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    You should keep the Minolta XD-11 and lenses ... in case you ever want to use Film.

    Lenses are worth more than the camera bodies.

    What Maxxum lenses do you have ?
  18. BigB
    Offline

    BigB New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2013
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Md
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    I have a Tameron 28-80 and a Tameron 70-300
  19. dxqcanada
    Offline

    dxqcanada Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    4,655
    Likes Received:
    458
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +458 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    Ah, too bad they are not Minolta branded ... would be worth more.
  20. zebulon
    Offline

    zebulon New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2013
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    I think it's a good idea to have the 35mm around. Just as dxqcanada said, if you ever need/want to shoot film, you'll have it! (Who knows, they may start going back up in price again once they become even more rare.) There's also something exciting about using film, where you don't get the instant gratification that digital provides - and you have to take the care to really compose that shot perfectly. Makes for more of a challenge. That's why I still have my two 35mm cameras.

Share This Page