the greatest bargain

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  1. panocho

    panocho TPF Noob!

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    This just came up in another thread (somehow), and now I'm curious to find out about big big bargains. What's the most incredible one you've ever got?

    I'll start myself -with one that I already posted: a Canon A1 (working quite nicely) for $45 (plus shipping).

    Well, I'm sure you can beat this! So, what's been your greatest bargain?
     
  2. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    Nikon F3
    24mm prime
    35mm
    50
    85
    and 135

    180 dollars on garage sale. When I bought it, I kept looking back afraid the seller would chase after me.

    Made a nice gift to my nephew. He oves it.
     
  3. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Widelux F6 for free!

    Rolleiflex 3.5E Planar for $150
     
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    KevinR TPF Noob!

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    I have only bought one camera from Ebay, but I think it was a good deal.

    Yashicamat 124 for $42

    I got a good deal on my enlarger.

    Omega c700 w/ Rodenstock lens for $69, but for me the deal was the s/h for $18.
     
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    oriecat work in progress

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    :shock: How did you swing that?!
     
  6. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Omega DII 4x5 enlarger for free!

    8) Orie- I just make sure I'm in the right place at the right time ;)
     
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    oriecat work in progress

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    I need to start following you around. :D
     
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    My greatest bargain has been the Zenitar 16mm fisheye lens from kievcamera.com (actually bought from his ebay store, where the prices are lower for the same items).

    Seriously, I paid CAD$160 (USD 130) including shipping and this lens is fantastic. Awesome quality and built like a tank, compared to the $1000 fisheyes from canon and nikon you can't go wrong!


    My second greatest bargain was a lubitel 166B for $5 plus shipping (about $20 total). I actually felt bad for the seller, because most other lubitels were going for $40 or more, and this $5 one was in better shape than another one I bought for $50 as gift for someone.
     
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    Nikkormat FTn body which cost me the amount of postage is cost to send it to me - about 6 dollars.

    Or off ebay, a Minolta 300 with 50mm F1.7 for 50 dollars. The Minolta is a problem bargain though, as it set me off on a quest to buy myself the dream outfit I have wanted for nearly 40 years, so I have since spent nearly 500 dollars on it. However, I have got another body, a 24, a 28, a 24-70, a 135, a 100-200, a 75-300, 2 bags, a lot of Cokin stuff, a slide copier, a high quality tripod head, a slide projector, and 4 flashguns.
     
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    Oh, and I forgot, there is also a 58 mm f1.4 and a teleconverter on the way to me, as we speak.
     
  11. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Oh... I had a few:

    1- a Kodak Ektra kit (for those not familiar with this camera, Kodak wanted to challenge Leica during the 1940-1946 with the Ektra, the first 35mm interchangeable backs RF; it was hand made so each camera had its own kit of three, four or five lenses and they all had the same SN) made up from a body, two backs, four lenses, various finders, IB, orig. case. I bought it for $180.00 cash at an Antique store in Arizona and sold it a few months later for $2,200.00

    2- a Contax If "Made for China" sold to me for $65.00 because it was defective (shutter inop.), fixed it and traded it for a $1,000.00 Hasselblad lens.

    3- a Canon IIs with 50/1.8 (RF, Leica copy), orig. side flash, filters, case for $20.00

    4- a Yashicamat 124G for $40.00

    5- a 19 inch/f11 Goerz Artar Apochromat process lens for $3.00

    6- an Olympus XA and flash for $2.00

    7- an inop. Canon A1 for $20.00 (just fixed on my own and working great)

    8- two Koni Omega Rapid bodies plus 90mm and 58mm lenses for free.


    There are many others but I don't recall them right now...:wink:
     
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    38 rolls of film, a polarizer, 3 closeups, 3 N.D. filters and a red filter for $37 from a VERY generous pro looking to help an aspiring photographer.

    Dave
     

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