Finally Happened to me!!!!

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  1. jbylake

    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    I'm always reading on this and other forums about someone scoring an old mint camera for 2 or 3 bucks at a flea market or someone just giving them one. I always thought to myself, "how come this #*(* never happens to me?".
    Well an elderly couple that comes into the shop occasionaly, and happens to know that my second passion is amateur photography, brought me a little christmas gift. The story is that they bought it, but couldn't remember when, new, years ago, and never used it. It's an absolutely mint Ricoh 500G, although the sorry P&S photo's (all I had handy at the time) don't do it any justice. The original bag, manual, and flash came with it. The bag has deteriorated slightly over the years, and the manual, too, but the rest is mint, inside and out.

    Did a lot of searches and the info concerning it's quality and collectbility varied widely. I just know it's a "compact" 35mm, and I think I got it narrowed down to circa 1970 -1972. Have four rolls of spare Ilford sitting around, so I'm going to take it out when it warms up a bit, and find out for myself. Value ranged from practically nothing to $175, but I don't really care about that, it's a gift, and I'll keep it. Again, apologies for the crappy P&S shot's, they really don't do it any justice, but here it is. If you know anything about these please share.
    J.:mrgreen:
     

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    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    Thanks Patrick, although actually, that was one of the very few informational sites (concerning that particular camera) that I'd already found. Due to lack of info, at least that I can find, I don't think it must be very interesting to very many people. I just like old stuff, am not a serious collector, and will keep snagging the stuff when I find it. If I can get enough pieces that look decent, like this one, I might have a wood working pal of mine build me a hexagon shaped glass enclosed lighted display case for them. It's not really important to me if they are not "sought after" camera's, just that they look presentable, and would make a cool display.

    I appreciate your effort, though, in trying to help me find out some background on this particular camera.

    :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    J.:mrgreen::mrgreen:
     
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    Congrates on the find. I have serveral old cameras and need to do some research on them. My wife calls them clutter, I call the cool.

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    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    :lol::lol::lol:
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Very nice find. And a black one too! Those are harder to find. Congrats!
     
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    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    Thanks, comp...but to put the record straight, I can't take the credit for "finding" it, it was given to me by an elderly couple, as a gift...

    J.
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    That's awesome! Congrats!

    I love old cameras. I visit the local thrift shops around here quite frequently, and I've yet to find one.
    I did find a nice-looking toy camera (it's called a Steinbach, I've looked for info but can't find anything online), but the film wouldn't advance through it. :(

    Have you run some film through yours yet? You should post some photos up when you do.
     
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    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    No, haven't yet, just got it a day or so before Christmas. I've got 4 rolls of Ilford 100 and 400 sitting around doing nothing, so I'm going to soon. Also, need to order a battery for it..plus it's freaking cold here, and I can't stand cold weather. Going to wait for one of those wierd 70 degrees days that we occasionally experience here in the winter, and go shoot 'em up, and see what happens.

    Oh, and as to the thrift shop thing, all I ever manage to find is something that looks like it's held together with twist ties and paper clips. Some of these lucky jokers on the forum pull some pretty awesome cameras out of thrift shops and flea markets. Thus the title "It finally happend to me", never believed it would. An unused mint camera circa '72 or thereabouts.

    J.:mrgreen:
     
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    Cant wait to see what that camera will produce. Dont forget to post up pics asap.
     
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    All I ever find is the models that were out right before everyone switched to digital point and shoot. I don't know if you know what I'm talking about, but they're "smooth" and I think they're ugly. Sort of like this.

    My friend's aunt recently found a fully working Brownie at an antique store and gave it to her for Christmas. I'm extremely jealous. haha. But she said she'd let me take it out for a spin. :)

    But good luck with yours! I'm excited to see what the photos will look like!
     
  12. jbylake

    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    Will do CD....I'm just sitting here wondering about what kind of quality I'll get, given I do my job and shoot 'em right, but surely I can manage to get one right out of 4 rolls of 36:lol: I'm going to shoot everything in B&W first, and maybe throw a roll of Kroger Kodak T-Max color in there somewhere.

    J.:mrgreen:
     

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