Question About a Couple Old Cameras

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  1. LedZ38

    LedZ38 TPF Noob!

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    Hello everyone.

    Let me just start out by saying that I am new to photography. I am not very familiar with older cameras and their value.

    I have recently come across 5 cameras, all Leicas, that I am considering selling. Here are their model/serial numbers:

    M4-1176313
    M4-1213504
    No. 198039 (No model number. That is the only form of ID on the camera)
    M3-705014
    M4-1213181

    I was wondering if anyone could provide some insight into how much these cameras are worth and where I could get some information/specifications on them.

    Also, I know that these cameras are valuable, so please do not take advantage of the situation.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanx
     
  2. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Holy *$&*!!!!!!!

    The M3.... it's worth some money to a collector (if in good condition)!! It is a first run M3. ALthough the market is kinda funny in the way that it changes/fluctuates...

    Mitica.. am I right/wrong?
     
  3. LedZ38

    LedZ38 TPF Noob!

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    Do you know any good places to sell the cameras? I am going to keep 1-2 of them, but I really don't need 5.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You really need to take it to a Leica expert/dealer (I don't necessarily collect... I use Leicas.. so I could be wrong about value).

    They will be the best to figure out the condition, help you decide if a CLA will ultimately increase the final selling price, and assist with the sale.

    Not sure where you are located but almost all my Leica stuff comes through www.bergencountycamera.com (local to me in NJ). Paul B. and Rob P. are the two local Leica "nutcases". hehehe.

    There is also another trusted name in the NY area who also does the repairs on Leica equipment:

    http://www.sherrykrauter.com

    Sherry's work is FIRST rate.

    If I wasn't still recovering from my last spending spree on camera stuff, I'd seriously consider an M4 (even though I shouldn't... even think about it... don't really need it)
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    For 198039 serial... If it is a leica, the serial makes it out to be a 1936 Leica IIIa. Another one that should be evaluated by an expert.

    My opinion, I'd keep the M3 and the best cosmetic M4 (black perhaps).

    The M3 is considered one of the best Leica cameras ever made... the quality is often considered unsurpassed even today. The issue with it is that it lacks any wide angle framelines (50-90-135). The advantage is the viewfinder's high magnification which makes it easy to line up the patches.

    The 2nd body, an M4 is also a great camera and many still prefer it today. Part of the reason is that it expands the framelines to include
    35. The finder can be upgraded to include different magnifications.

    So M3 (CLAd) and the M4 (perhaps update the finder to that of an M6, 28-35-50-75-90-135). Neither have a meter.
     
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    LedZ38 TPF Noob!

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    Thank you very much for the advice. When you mentioned the idea of going to an official Leica dealer, I looked on the Leica website and found one nearby my house. I live in the Philadelphia area, so if it doesn't work out, I will check out the two locations you mentioned in NJ.

    I looked on ebay to see the average price of an M4 and WOW! I knew they were worth something but I had no idea it that much.

    Tomorrow I will call up the Leica dealer and hopefully get some more information. Thanx for the advice.
     
  8. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hey... I'm late as usual! :lmao:

    Man, them Leicas just came across?? Why don't I have that luck???:drool:

    M4-1176313 - made in 1967
    M4-1213504 - made in 1969
    No. 198039 - model IIIa made in 1936
    M3-705014 - made in 1954 and yes, a first run of the M3 (the 5015th camera)
    M4-1213181 - made in 1968-69

    Prices vary, the M3 is going to be quite high if in great shape, due to the 'first series' status. The M4s (I can use one, if you wanna spare one:lol:) are going to be up there as well and the IIIa is going to be probably the less expensive of the lot. I still shoot a prewar IIIa, smooth operation and perfect spacing between negatives, and I mean perfect!

    Enjoy! And don't let the Leica dealers scare you into the "well, it's not worth that much because... (insert your own or their own BS here)"! If not sure, go seek second opinions.

    Let us know...
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    I'll PM you my mailing address. Go 'head and send me one of the M4s as well. I could really use one ;-)
     
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    LedZ38 TPF Noob!

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    So I talked to a Leica dealer and the salesman offered me $2000 for all 5 cameras.

    The cameras are in moderate condition. They are not beat up but they are not in pristine condition. Is $2000 for all 5 cameras a fair asking price? How much is each camera worth?


    Thanx
     
  11. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Are you effing kidding me??? They're trying to rip you off!!!!

    Read my advice: DO NOT SELL TO THAT DEALER/SALESMAN!!!

    A moderate Leica M3 body alone will fetch about 700-800 bucks. On top of that you have three other M4s at about 1,000 a piece (body only), then you add the IIIa at about 250 (body only) and then you add the lenses.

    You do the math...

    Don't sell to a dealer, sell to a collector/user. They will give you the fair price, dealers always hit you under the belt.
     
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    LedZ38 TPF Noob!

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    Thanx for the advice. I am glad people are looking out for each other on this forum
     

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