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Can anyone help me value some old SLR camera stuff?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Stinsok, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    Helping my dad move some stuff today. He has a stash of camera stuff I know nothing about. This isn't an attempt to sell this stuff here. It's just not. Simply looking for some info.

    First up is a Pentax ILX camera body. Not working. He says it just quit working and couldn't find anyone local to fix it . That was many years ago. Looks new. Too bad it doesn't work.

    FHA(?) 300MM lens (manufacturer unknown.) It says P/K on it.

    Takumar (Bayonet) 135MM lens

    Vivitar Series1 Lens (not sure how to tell what size) 200MM?

    Sunpak 433d flash

    Vivitar 5250 flash

    Any help is appreciated
  2. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    The 300mm P/K sounds like a Pentax K Mount lens. You might get $150-200 for it on feebay. Takumar 135mm might fetch $25-50 I'm not certain. Not many bayonet-compatible gear out there these days.
    Contact Samy's Camera in Los Angeles to see if they can/quote a repair for the ILX. If it's just a mirror jam it can be repaired & you'll have a cool old-school SLR.
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Value ≈ $0. I have a like-new Nikon F100 I can't even give away. Everything is digital these days.
  4. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    @Munjibunga You should keep it. Film is great. It's a pain in the ass but it's still great. I shoot both film & digital. I just sold a Nikon F4 for $300. I intend to get an even older film camera--maybe an FE or FM2, or a medium format. I'm going backwards in terms of technology.
  5. pflash4001


    Dec 2, 2011
    I agree. Digital is cheaper and more convenient, but I still love handling film, especially for b/w portraiture.
  6. As Munj pointed out, not much value in it. Doubt you'd get much for the 135 or 200 either I'm afraid.

    Film cameras cost peanuts these days.
  7. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I couldn't sell ours, so I gave it away.

  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Back in the day, I had an FA and it was a fantastic camera. After I'd had it for 15 years, I sold it to a guy from Germany for more than I paid for it. I also sold him my 180mm f2.8 ED-IF. Shouldn't have done that. Best lens I ever owned.
    I always thought the FE2 was a great camera, too.

    I'm too lazy to shoot film these days, so I'm going to give the F100 to my goddaughter.
  9. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    I prefer prime lenses too. Some of my best art work was shot through junk camera gear.

    I hear a lot of people say they like film better for portraits but that healing function in Photoshop--I don't go without it. Not to say I overwork skin to the point of falsehood. Just impermanent things: sunspots, pimples. Scars stay. Always.
    In an ideal world I'd shoot film through Nikkor 135 DC (on an old non-computerized body) & scan slides to tif so I can heal on Photoshop. Right now I use a digital body with a medium format lens. It's working out okay but sometimes that damn lens is too sharp. No one wants to see pores & blackheads (edit those out).
    I'm supposed to have some portraits published this month, then maybe a food project in Feb if I get the gig.

    Photo gear makes a great gift. Stuff people want but don't want to buy, I especially like to give vintage photo gear. Somehow more special.
  10. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Having looked for photographic lenses (for non photographic use -- to prototype a spectrometer), I am guessing that high quality lenses probably retain more value than the camera bodies do.
  11. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    The problem is with the advent of VR many of the old lenses are a stop to two stop slower than the comparable modern lens, not to even mention the improvements in Auto focus and lens coatings. Some prime lenses and more exotic telephotos still retain value. But most mid range lenses and zooms have lost a lot of value with the advantages of the new product. In Nikon anything two generations old is worth about 40% less than the newer stuff.
  12. LSquared


    Jul 28, 2009
    SW Illinois USA
    Hmmmm.... I've got an old FM2 that's just collecting dust. I loved it, but live in the digital world these days.
  13. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Yes. Some even appreciate.
  14. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Hook it up!
  15. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Isn't the ILX an updated LX? If that is the case, it might be worth more. I'd check KEH's listings on line for an idea of value.
  16. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
  17. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    ^ .com
  18. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    Generally speaking, any 35mm film cameras are worth next to nothing unless they happen to be specifically desirable such as a Nikon F pro series or Canon EOS or a particularly good quality lens, like a brand name telephoto with a low f-ratio.

    Since the Pentax body isn't working it's not worth anything unless someone wants it for parts.

    The lenses and flash are probably the typical Takumar, Vivitar and Sunpak "value" alternatives to the manufacturers accessories and aren't worth much either.

    Sorry I can't give you better news. I just let go of a pair of Nikon SLR's with some nice lenses and accessories for almost nothing when I had almost $2000 into them.
  19. On the Canon side, unless it's an EOS1, they have pretty much no value at all. I've seen every other EOS 35mm for under £50 on the used market! There are some older ones that have a bit more of a price tag (AE-1 for instance), but even then, generally not much more.

    (not a bad thing for a buyer tho!)
  20. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    1) Go to Ebay

    2) Search current and ended auctions

    3) What you learn is what you can get.

    Any broken SLR film camera is probably trash unless it's something like an old Leica that can be used for parts. In that case, it's probably worth a few dollars.

    I've just moved to a Canon T3 digital SLR and I did some checking - I'd be lucky to get $30 for my really nice old Pentax ME Super or Super Program - both of which work perfectly. I might be able to get a few bucks for the lenses, since the K-mounts are still compatible with a pretty good range of old Pentax stuff.

    I might be able to get $300 or a bit more for my dad's 1950's Leica M3, but it's worth more to me than that...at least for now.

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