New guy greeting/ Nikon, Rolleiflex cameras

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  1. electricfactory

    electricfactory TPF Noob!

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    Greetings To All,
    This is my first post ! I'm relatively new to photography and am quite happy I found this place having spent a good deal of time looking and reading .
    Recently I inherited some professional photography equipment which I don't know much about and would greatly appreciate benefiting from some of the collective wisdom here .
    My Uncle was an MD and the following items were just a few passed down to me recently ;
    -vintage Nikon F camera ser.# 7007729, original case and lens
    -vintage Rolleiflex 3.5 F Type 2 medium format camera serial # 1266899.

    Both of these cameras are in excellent condition having been used only by my uncle and then properly stored for years. Each have their original leather cases, manual etc. Here are pics of the Nikon;
    http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t57/electricfactory/100_3363.jpg
    http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t57/electricfactory/100_3365.jpg
    http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t57/electricfactory/100_3369.jpg
    And of the Rollei;
    http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t57/electricfactory/100_3449.jpg
    http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t57/electricfactory/100_3376.jpg
    http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t57/electricfactory/100_3377.jpg

    First, have I identified them cameras correctly ? Would anyone have an idea of their interest to collectors, approximate worth or value ? Any information offered would be greatly appreciated, my current interest in photgraphy hasn't yet extended beyond the digital. These vintage cameras, some lens and other analog gear are quite beyond my understanding though not my interest .
    Thanks in advance for any replies and cheers to all.
    Sincerely,
    Jon
     
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    Lucky you! That Nikon is sure looking nasty.
     
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    Thanks for your reply Early, I appreciate you weighing in.
    I wish I knew something more about these cameras though....
     
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    Google them (or Yahoo) and you'll find out all you need to know history wise and how to use, although I'm not sure I'd use them if they were mine. Both your Nikon F and Rollei look collectible and worth a good buck.

    I had a Rollie 3.5D once that I never ran film through that I traded for a Leica M3 DS with a Dual range 50mm f2, which I let slip away dirt cheap.

    I always wanted to try a Nikon F because I like things mechanical, but since they were the pro camera of it's time, all the ones I seen were too beat up or way too expensive for just experimenting with, which is what I do.
     
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    I'd recommend watching ebay. Find some listings, then add them to your watch list. See what the going price is on listings with multiple bids and as close to what you have as possible. That will give you a good feel for worth. Plus, from the descriptions, you can learn more about what you have.
     
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    Guys,
    Thanks very kindly to both of you for taking the time to reply !
    A little background; my interest in photography is essentially casually based, with my own 'high end' camera being a decent digital Canon. I recognize that vintage cameras have a value [ though what that would be is anyone's guess] and that they probably represent some kind of collector interest [ though again, I'm out of my league here].
    The thing is I'm not even sure beyond a doubt that I've ID'd them correctly regarding model. Nor do I have any idea how I'd go about it even if I wanted to sell. To me eBay is a good source if you know what you have and understand the market for that item. Too, camera gear tends to inspire technical questions which I'm not equipped to respond to completely- not really a confidence builder.
    What I'm hoping to do now is maybe just learn something about them and maybe even try taking some pictures. I think that would be fun and as they're both in such excellent condition I don't think I'd be harming anything. If anyone here is well versed in vintage cameras by all means chime in !
     
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    Ah, ebay. Probably one of the greatest market research tools ever created. Seriously, though, he is right. Get on ebay, and if you can find it, you can find what people are willing to pay for it.
     

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