There was a camera body on eBay. It said "Rare Argus STL-1000 Petri Body" so being that I'm interested in Argus cameras I took a "lookie loo" at it. It was made by Petri for Argus and was actually a Petri FTX body labeled as an Argus. The shutter was messed up and a part was missing from the advance lever. Well....I figured what the heck, I'll bid on it and use the top plate on my Focal (Kmart) branded version (Focal TLR) and make myself a working rare Argus camera. Holy Smokes! This guy named Argus Mike musta bid $100.00 on that thing because it ended at $53.00! Why bid so much on a broken camera? This guy must be rich! Like I said...I don't get it. Now some of you were saying that Film Cameras have fallen in value and are going for pennies on the dollar. Nobody told this guy!
Randy, over bidding is so darn common on ebay that it's almost the norm. I shake my head so often that I think I'm a bobble doll.
OTOH, I won a Praktica Nova B the other day for $5.50.... plus $15 shipping. It includes an exposure meter (don't know what yet), flash unit and L-bracket and the case for the Nova. However..... what I was REALLY after was the lens on the Nova; an automatic Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f/2.8 Tessar in M-42 mount. I don't have one and wanted an example. The total price is less than the value of the lens by itself IMO.
I think it often depends on what the buyer is truly looking for. As in your example, Walker, the Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f/2.8 Tessar in M-42 mount was what you were really after in that Practika auction (and for $5.50 you effectively stole it).
I know I've bid more than an individual item might be worth when I see something else included that is actually worth more, and should probably be listed in an auction all by itself! Or, when it's the first time in years that I've run across an item I want.
Whoever it was that bought the Argus that Randy was following must have seen something similar...or just needed a hard-to-find part (or collection of them) to finish something else he had going. It's hard to say.
IMHO there are as many folks out there who really have no idea what they are selling, as there are folks who absolutely do...and would like you to think otherwise, so you'll bid on their junk!
Post by John Parry on Mar 29, 2007 15:37:52 GMT -5
The CZJ 2.8 is a superb lens, but you'd be be better with a Pentacon 1.8. Same glass, actually made by CZJ or Meyer-Optic, but the focussing distance is down to 8 - 10 inches.
Sorry Randy - yes, no rhyme or reason on eBay. Ron (Herron) will probably bear me out with this from his 'Mamiya-Watch'. You see beautiful camera sets go for buttons, and a load of tat go for three times the price.
Remember the PWallage axiom - there'll be another one along tomorrow!
The CZJ 2.8 is a superb lens, but you'd be be better with a Pentacon 1.8. Same glass, actually made by CZJ or Meyer-Optic, but the focussing distance is down to 8 - 10 inches. Regards - John
John, I already have several Meyer Orestons, Pentacons (normal, MC and "electric") and three M42 Pancolars. All fine lenses without exception. However, the only auto CZJ Tessar I own is the Exakta mount model so I've long wanted one in M42. Now, if all goes as planned, I'll soon have one. The Tessar formula holds up remarkably well against far newer designs, especially when stopped down a little. I'm the sentimental type so old stuff suits me.
Sorry Walker - teach your grandmother! But the P1.8 is a better lens (apart from the better light aspect of course).
Regards - John
John, I want the Tessar because I don't have one. No other reason and for $20.50 I think it's good value for the money. Being able to play with the various lenses is half the fun of this hobby. Owning only "the best" is too limiting IMO and no fun at all. Besides, I already have the Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50mm f/1.4 and in M42 mount, what's better?
Haven't bid on a camera on Ebay in probably five years. Occasionally I run across something at a local garage sale or thrift store that tickles my fancy but in those cases I at least know exactly what I'm getting. I'm to the point now where I'm starting to get more interested in selling that buying. It would take something really special to get me to add something to my collection.