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Old 03-14-2017, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Old (but good condition) cameras

My wife and I are getting ready to "downsize" from ouir Massachusetts residence. I have several cameras too good to junk, but I realize that a smart phone today takes equally good photos. One is a 35mm Kodak Retina. Another is a 120 Rolleicord. And a 1990 Sony video camera. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:29 PM   #2
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You can try ebay or Craigs List. You can also take advantage of the classified ads section of this website. Good luck.

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Old 03-14-2017, 08:55 PM   #4
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I have sold all of my "junk" on ebay. Some of the bigger stuff on Craigslist.

One person's junk is another's collectible.

Here are just a few examples:

Sold an old metal single speed electric drill that my Dad bought used over 60 years ago. Someone bought it on ebay.

Sold my broken printer power cord on ebay.

My Whirlpool built in microwave stopped broke. Everything worked except it did not heat. Yes, I checked and rechecked all settings.
I sold the microwave door on ebay. I sold the microwave touch pad on ebay. I got half my money back - the price of the new replacement.

I sold an old small table top RCA tube radio that was all scuffed up but complete. When plugged in all I got was a hummm. Got $45.00 for that one plus postage.

I sold an older big/fat 36" TV that takes 3 people to lift - on Craigslist.

I have sold old clothing on ebay. The list goes on and on.

One persons junk is another's collectible.

Not everything sells though. Some/few go to recycling center.
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Default A Good Nikon

I never saw the digital camera thing coming.

Many years ago I bought an expensive 35 MM Nikon thinking I would get years of good pictures out of it. It now sits on a shelf after only using it for about 5 rolls of film.

I never thought of EBay but that may be a good idea. I have no idea of value or any market for it. Does anyone even use film cameras any more?
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There is still a niche market for film cameras. Even a few you can still buy new, outside the disposables, that is.

Use ebay's advanced search feature; that allows you to view completed or sold listings. It's a wonderful guide to determining market value on an item.
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Use ebay's advanced search feature; that allows you to view completed or sold listings. It's a wonderful guide to determining market value on an item.
Exactly. That will give you an idea of what item sells for.
Go to Advanced on top right. The check box :Completed Listings or some such wording.

Some are worth something while many others are not. There is still a market for film cameras - but a tad small market. All depends on camera.

As a footnote.
Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas for $4 billion dollars.

The next film after Disney purchased - was shot in all film. Most movies today do not use film.
Guess there is something slightly different between film and digital or however movies are recorded today.

And another footnote:
Some audiophiles prefer old fashioned turntables - the ones all threw away years ago. Apparently the sound is different with a vinyl record.
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I have an old Nikon that I keep only because I paid so much for it but it will never be used again. Kodachrome is no longer made.

I could get a Nikon digital and use some of the same lenses but that's another investment.

For now I take all the pictures I will never look at again using my phone.
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:54 PM   #9
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If you have Facebook there are a lot of local free marketplaces online for selling or giving away items. Try searching for " online yard sale" and see if there is one for your community.
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My wife and I are getting ready to "downsize" from ouir Massachusetts residence. I have several cameras too good to junk, but I realize that a smart phone today takes equally good photos. One is a 35mm Kodak Retina. Another is a 120 Rolleicord. And a 1990 Sony video camera. Any suggestions?
Ugly Hedgehog Photography site has a camera sales section. They have visitors from all over the world.
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Old 03-16-2017, 02:10 PM   #11
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Hunts photo in Manchester will take old cameras in trade for a decent return, they sell the old ones to photography buffs. I traded in a camera I never used for a great deal on a new DLSR.
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Other than the obvious benefits of a non film digital camera, is the clarity of digital as good as the clarity of a quality 35mm camera? I still have some killer photos from an old 35mm camera.

How many digital megapixels would approximately equal a good 35mm in a pro's hands???

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Yep I am a DINOSAUR.
Still have and shoot with the all manual Canon F-1.
Still have the Sony turntable that produced a depth of sound through the JBL 150s that no disc player could duplicate. I too use Hunts, Melrose.
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Still have the Sony turntable that produced a depth of sound through the JBL 150s that no disc player could duplicate.
Couldn't agree more! Nothing like the sound of a new LP through a quality turntable and stylus with high end BIG box speakers!!! To hell with DVD's!!

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Couldn't agree more! Nothing like the sound of a new LP through a quality turntable and stylus with high end BIG box speakers!!! To hell with DVD's!!

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"New LP"? I haven't seen one of those for years. I thought they stopped making them. I assumed you guys were kicking back, enjoying a little Lawrence Welk.

Do you have to get up off the couch to skip ahead a couple of songs?
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Other than the obvious benefits of a non film digital camera, is the clarity of digital as good as the clarity of a quality 35mm camera? I still have some killer photos from an old 35mm camera.

How many digital megapixels would approximately equal a good 35mm in a pro's hands???

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I held off in the switch to digital for years. Finally switched several years ago.

The latest technology is much improved, and if you want you can get 36 megapixel or more cameras now. Digital can be useful with ISO 51,200 now, some as high as 409,600 try that with film!

To fully appreciate digital quality and capabilities you should work with their RAW files, not just the automatic jpg output. Working with the RAW files is very loosely similar to processing your own photos in a darkroom in that you have much more control over the results. In the raw file, I get access to up to 14 bits of data and dynamic range, in jpg you are limited to 8 bits, which is quite a reduction.

Here's a film vs digital comparison for the die hards:
https://petapixel.com/2015/05/26/fil...l-a-comparison
And
https://petapixel.com/2016/06/01/ana...tal-look-photo

For the photo nerds here, check out this site, and scroll down to the underexposure test and tell me how a film camera would compare:

https://photographylife.com/nikon-vs...-dynamic-range

Or this test, check out the under exposed by 4, 5 or 6 stops example (remember, you do this with the RAW files, not the normal jpg output files):
http://www.thewanderinglensman.com/2...ensor-how.html

Even the small pocket cameras aren't bad today.

Don't judge digital by everyone's cell phone photos, some are ok, but not up to the quality of a good dedicated DSLR or mirrorless digital camera. I suggest you take a look at www.dpreview.com for a non brand biased, non technology biased, digital photography site that has a lot of useful info on today's technology.

Note, you can still get film and find processing, or do it yourself, but it's getting harder and more expensive to continue this way.

They say about 7 to 16 megapixels is equivalent to 35mm film. You can easily get 24 megapixel cameras today.
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"New LP"? I haven't seen one of those for years. I thought they stopped making them. I assumed you guys were kicking back, enjoying a little Lawrence Welk.

Do you have to get up off the couch to skip ahead a couple of songs?
Vinyl is back with a vengeance Tilton! Has been for a few years now. Go on Amazon and look at any music CD, you will notice the option to purchase vinyl LP's.

From the many articles I have read they say the sound from a NEW LP through a quality turntable and stylus is as close as you can get to the sound from the original master recordings.

No Lawrence Welk here! Still remember the wonderful sound of Jeff Becks Blow by Blow LP vinyl through my stereo system! Awesome!

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Try keh.com. They buy all kinds of old cameras.


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