Pricing Collectible Cameras

Discussion in 'Collector's Corner' started by Mitica100, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. bbdrag0n

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    All the cameras are in working order. They belonged to my mom and were taken care of very careful. Thanks for your input.

    Pamela


     
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    compur Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The one in your collection with the most $ value is the Signet 35 as it
    is a bit of a "cult camera" and is sought after by vintage camera shooters.
    Nice ones that are fully working sell for about $30 to maybe $50 for a really
    mint one.

    The Pony and Argus 75 are maybe 5 to maybe 10 bucks if you can find a
    buyer unless the Pony has an Angenieux lens which would add value.

    The other items would be maybe $5 each if you could find a buyer. They
    aren't in much demand.
     
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    As has been said earlier, these prices are highly dependant on finding a buyer, there is a rareity element, Collectors don't want common cameras. Yes, some may buy them just to have them but they are not going to be willing to pay an exorbitant amount of money to accuire a camera that is readilly available. For example, that Kodak Pony, I was strolling through the local antiques mall the other day and saw well over half a dozen of them, all but one was priced in the single didgets...and not selling. You want to see high priced classic cameras that will sell at triple didget prices, you have to go back to before mass production like the 8X10 view camera I saw go for $110 (USD) in less than a week, or look for the cameras that flopped and sold poorly like the Olympus FTL.
     
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    Even if the quotes are inflated its still nice to have a reference ballpark value it.
     
  5. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What do you mean by 'inflated'? These prices were realized prices following an auction at a serious auction house. The prices on collectible cameras are dictated by:

    1) scarcity
    2) condition
    3) brand/model
    4) need for

    Perhaps the order can be changed after the scarcity factor. A nice, beautiful working Leica could be worth a lot less than a mangy toy camera if that toy camera was made in very small numbers, for example.

    There are certain materials to read and understand about value of collectible cameras, such as McKeown, considered to be the 'Bible' of camera collectors. Also, frequenting some of the collectible cameras forums will help understand how the cameras are priced and why.
     
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    By the way, collectiblend reflects a camera condition now too. Not just a price.
     
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  8. Mitica100

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    Yeah, there are many other places (older user equipment purchasing) which will give you less than what the camera is worth. The difference between these places and Collectiblend is that while Collectiblend tends to list actual prices realized in various auctions, the used camera dealers will offer you (as you mention) a lower or much lower price in order for them to make a profit. Someone not knowing what they might have will take the offer and most likely lose $$ at the time. But these places are worth checking as well, as a second reference. I still stand by the McKeown and Collectiblend as giving a more realistic collectible value.
     
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    For detailed Classic camera and lens price guides with a focus on Leica, Rolleiflex and classic LF lenses, please also check out www.antiquecameras.net for many price guides that are frequently updated and adjusted. First published in the Winter of 2004

    Thanks !
     
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    Probably the best way way to get a true price on your collectable cameras is to go to camera fairs. Some of the stall holders area also collectors. If your model camera is there you should get a good idea of the price for the camera. These prices are usually very reasonable and negotiable.
     
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    Yeah. Unfortunately Camera Fairs are rare nowadays and far away. With the availability of info on the Internet I find it much easier to find references. Just my two cents...
     

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