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Cameras, Lenses & Photographic Equipment Wanted - $56789 (Easton)

Cameras, Lenses & Photographic Equipment Wanted - $56789 (Easton)

  Cameras, Lenses amp Photographic Equipment Wanted - $56789 Easton

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High Quality Cameras, Lenses and Photographic Accessories Wanted

Before reading on please note that I've been having some trouble receiving and responded to generated emails so if you email please type in your email address or include your phone number so I'm sure to get back to you. And if you don't hear from me within a day or two please call or text as I may not have received the email.

All of the items in the pictures above (and countless others) were acquired either in NJ or eastern PA. If you have something nice that you think might be of interest please don't hesitate to give me a call or send an email. I will gladly travel for the right item or items. You are also welcome to come to me in Easton, PA or we can meet in the middle if you prefer. And I will pay cash.

A good way to describe the the things I'm looking for is this:Whether it was the 1920s, 30s, 50s, 80s and so on, or just recently, a camera that a serious amateur or professional would have bought and used. It could be a modern digital SLR or an old folding camera that used glass or metal plates (from before the film era) or lots of things in between.

Hopefully you've had a chance to look at the pictures with this listing. Here's some info that goes along with each. And there's some more general information further down below.

Classic and Collectable
This is a broad category. There's some familiar names on the list and some unfamiliar. In many instances if it's a name you recognize and a brand that's been around a long time, I'm usually more interested in their earlier models, the ones that established them as a brand name. Also many were large, well known companies in their day and they made cameras of all types, from beginner models to professional systems. Generally I'm more interested in those that were bought and used by the advanced amateurs and professionals of the time. Some of the common and less common names are Alpa, Canon, Leica, Nikon, Rollei/Rolleiflex, Hasselblad, Zeiss Ikon/Contax, Voigtlander, Graflex, Mamiya, Deardorff, Linhof, Toyo, Bolex, Topcon, ihagee/Exakta, Plaubel, Robot, Nagel, Yashica/Yashica-Mat, Minolta, Olympus, (Asahi) Pentax and Minox. There are many others so please contact if you think you have something of interest.

Leica cameras (often marked Leitz Wetzlar) have the largest collector following. Some of them can be quite valuable. I'm am interested in all screw mount, M and R bodies and associated lenses plus most accessories.Also Leica copies. Many makers outright copied the design of the early Leica cameras (it's how Canon got started for example). I am interested in many of these by makers such as Nicca, Kardon, Reid, Leotax, Canon and others plus all lenses made to fit Leica bodies.

I like Nikon a lot (since I was a kid) and am interested in most of their SLR models; F, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F100, FM2, FE2, FM3A, FA, Nikkormat, plus many modern digital SLRs but not their point and shoot cameras (28/35Ti excepted) and not their small digital cameras. Most Nikkor lenses from the 1950s to present, manual or auto-focus. Also all early Nikon rangefinder bodies, lenses and accessories.

There were many many makers (around the USA and in Europe primarily) of finely crafted wood bodied cameras since the start of photography in the mid 1800s. Some were covered in leather. Some are large and unwieldy (even though they were touted as portable back in the day). Many have brass lenses. Some were made for stereo photography. Some were made for use in wet, humid environments and are referred to as "tropical" models. Brands such as Conley, Lancaster, Watson, Blair, Seneca, Ica, Folmer & Schwing/Graflex, Butcher, Sanderson, Marion, Mentor, Scovill, Gundlach, Ross, Anthony, Century, Ernemann, Manhattan Optical, American Optical, Rochester Optical, and many others. If it resembles something in the picture and its in fine condition I'm likely very interested.

Most Polaroids are not of interest however I am actively seeking models 180 and 195, SLR 680 plus certain SX-70 models (Special Editions, Alpha 1, Gold). There are also some fantastic and uncommon cameras made to accept Polaroid film like the Fuji FP-1 and Konica Instant Press.

Movie Cameras
Except on very rare occasions I don't buy 8mm movie cameras. I do buy some later high end Super 8mm cameras, and some modern-ish 16mm like Bolex, Beaulieu and Arri/Arriflex. Plus there are many very high quality lenses made for 16mm and 35mm movie cameras that may be of interest. I also buy the occasional 16mm or 35mm projector. Especially looking for very early (1890-1930) 35mm movie cameras and projectors plus some 16mm from this time period too.

There have been countless lens makers over the years. Certain brands are very highly sought after and the right lens can be worth a significant sum of money, occasionally quite a bit more than the camera it's on. I'm also interested in early brass lenses where again certain examples can be quite valuable.
Some of the makers I look for are: Angenieux, Taylor Hobson/Cooke, Voigtlander, Zeiss/Carl Zeiss, Hugo Meyer (Kino Plasmat), Kinoptik, Leitz/Leica, Kern Paillard, Berthiot, Nicola Perschied, Schneider, Darlot, Dallmeyer, Emil Busch, Goerz, Hermagis, Rodenstock, Perkin Elmer, Burke & James, Steinheil, Porst, Ross, Zunow and others.
Plus more well known names like Nikon/Nikkor, Olympus/Zuiko, Pentax/Takumar, Minolta/Rokkor, Canon FD and EF.

At one time Kodak was the largest company in the world, like Apple is today. Consequently there are millions and millions of black folding Kodak cameras out in the world, and the same can be said of black box cameras. Generally speaking I'm not interested in those. Of interest: folding Kodaks with black outside leather and red bellows, colored Kodak folding cameras (with matching colored leather and bellows), colored box cameras, especially those with art deco face or special graphics (e.g. Mickey Mouse, World's Fair etc), certain Retina models and others like the Bantam Special, Medalist, Chevron, Regent II and Super Six-20. There are also very early box cameras and very early folding type cameras (1880-1900) that are of interest. If you think you have anything at all on this list or something that might interest me please give me a call or send an email.


As mentioned at the top a good way to describe the the things I'm looking is something a serious amateur or a professional would have bought and used.There are of course exceptions. For example a great many 35mm SLRs from the 1970s through the 90s have very little value these days, now that digital has taken over, even though they were capable of outstanding results. Brands like Ricoh, Konica, Yashica, even most Pentax, Minolta and many Nikons and Canons have little value and can be easily found online (ebay mostly) for cheap. Plus many people purchased quality aftermarket lenses to go with their 35mm camera because they did a fine job and were significantly less expensive than the name brand lenses. Some of these lenses are still sought after but mostly the world is full of them so there are many more sellers than buyers for them and their prices reflect this.Also certain professional models that were very expensive not too long ago when new have plummeted in value due to the fast rise of digital camera technology. Again more sellers than buyers.

There are exceptions in the other direction as well. Certain cameras that aren't very good picture takers or aren't necessarily well made but are quirky or rare might be of interest to me and occasionally have a great deal of collector interest for one reason or another. This is uncommon, but you never know, so again please contact me.

A note on digital cameras:because of the fast pace at which new models are introduced most digital cameras lose a great deal of value after a year or two of being on the market. Like computers, something that may have been $2000 and was state of the art in 2011 is now old news. Four updated versions have been introduced since then. Even the updated versions have been updated and hardly anybody is looking for the 2011 model anymore. For that reason I generally don't buy digital point and shoot cameras (but as always there are exceptions). And if you have a digital SLR (DSLR) all of the value is likely in the lenses and not the camera body (and often the lenses have been upgraded a number of times too). Still, I welcome all inquiries so if you think I may be interested please call or write. Some of the major players are Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Leica and Olympus.

Cameras are tools so some wear is to be expected. But to have retained maximum value they need to be in excellent condition and operational. In some instances operational condition doesn't matter but to most collectors it does. Original accessories, instruction manuals and of course original boxes add value. For lenses to have maximum value they need to be in excellent condition inside and out. Though most can be cleaned issues inside a lens like haze or mold seriously affect value (sending them out to be professionally cleaned can be expensive) as do scratches on the outer glass surfaces which are often irreparable.

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