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Have film camera prices stabilised?

George Lazarette
Posted 21/02/2017 - 14:12 Link
I have been after a nice Super A for old time's sake, and have been watching Ebay for ages in the hope that eventually I'd be able to pick one up for a tenner.

Well, I could, but not in anything approaching good condition. Good ones go for 80 or so, if not more, and LX prices are stubbornly high too.

Who is buying these cameras? Is there a resurgence in film photography, like the increasing interest in old vinyl records? Or is it just a blip?

And who has a nice Super A gathering dust, and would part with it for 30 to a good home?

Hope springs eternal...
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johnriley
Posted 21/02/2017 - 15:49 Link
There is a strong resurgence in the use of film, prompting the re-release of Ektachrome in 35mm size.

The cameras may well be in demand, or at least good ones are. Sorry I can't help with a Super A!
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wvbarnes
Posted 21/02/2017 - 16:09 Link
Keith Rocklink is selling one cheap with winder...
George Lazarette
Posted 21/02/2017 - 16:21 Link
wvbarnes wrote:
Keith Rocklink is selling one cheap with winder...

He's not any more!

Thanks. Now to sell the winder for 20 and I'll have a working 10.00 Super A.

I did recently acquire a non-working Super A in lovely cosmetic condition, so if this one is as rough as one should expect for that money I may be doing a bit of panel-swapping.
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Posted 21/02/2017 - 16:55 Link
Def a resurgence

Can't wait for ektachrome
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pschlute
Posted 22/02/2017 - 00:33 Link
I got lucky on ebay last week and bought a Super A + Takumar macro zoom for 36. I will be lucky to get a fiver for the zoom, but the Super A is... well.... just super. Apart from a missing cover for the winder connection on the baseplate, it looks like it was unboxed yesterday. Absolutely mint. Works like a dream too. I have always wanted a Super A and am over the moon with this.

keep looking George, there is one out there somewhere with your name on it.
davidwozhere
Posted 22/02/2017 - 01:41 Link
There's one sitting here on my desk with a Hoya 35-70 'Profile' lens on the front of it. It was working last time I used it and still has a film in it. If someone will give me 30 for it +postage ............. I can take some pics of it if wanted.
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ilovesaabs
Posted 22/02/2017 - 10:29 Link
George!!!! how I've missed your posts.

To answer your question... if you're the seller of said camera I think prices are most probably are still pretty low, but if you like me have an eye on a particular camera, they always appear expensive...

There is a thread somewhere on here or another forum where retailers like camerajungle or mpb won't take Pentax, and trade-in values are pretty poor. Yet they are quite pricey on the shelves. Likewise, movement on the classifieds is slow, everyone is expecting a bargain and bodies hardly moving (yet I sold 2 Nikon bodies in 2 days). Doesn't help our favourite brand.
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walkeja
Posted 22/02/2017 - 10:53 Link
When is Kodachrome coming back?
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wvbarnes
Posted 22/02/2017 - 11:31 Link
My understanding processing restart not economical. Meanwhile pop 'There Goes Rhymin' Simon' on eh?

walkeja wrote:
When is Kodachrome coming back?

JAK
Posted 22/02/2017 - 11:42 Link
walkeja wrote:
When is Kodachrome coming back?

See: http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2017/01/11/the-return-of-an-icon-will-kodak...
so you never know. Perhaps, maybe?! I suspect more than likely.
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Edited by JAK: 22/02/2017 - 11:56
johnriley
Posted 22/02/2017 - 12:47 Link
There's a lot to be said for Kodachrome, the most stable colour film ever made. Kept dark and cool it will keep its colour longer than anything else. In the light it will fade faster than E-6 process films such as Ektachrome, but the latter won't last as well long term.
Best regards, John
George Lazarette
Posted 22/02/2017 - 12:58 Link
pschlute wrote:
I got lucky on ebay last week and bought a Super A + Takumar macro zoom for 36. I will be lucky to get a fiver for the zoom, but the Super A is... well.... just super. Apart from a missing cover for the winder connection on the baseplate, it looks like it was unboxed yesterday. Absolutely mint. Works like a dream too. I have always wanted a Super A and am over the moon with this.

keep looking George, there is one out there somewhere with your name on it.

I don't know how I missed that. Well done!

The Super A was Pentax's best affordable film camera in my view. The MX was great too, of course, but the Super A was more versatile.

davidwozhere wrote:
There's one sitting here on my desk with a Hoya 35-70 'Profile' lens on the front of it. It was working last time I used it and still has a film in it. If someone will give me 30 for it +postage ............. I can take some pics of it if wanted.

That's kind. At the moment I am waiting and see how good or bad the one from Keith Rock is. If it 's no good, I may come back to you.

walkeja wrote:
When is Kodachrome coming back?

I suspect that WVBarnes is right, and that it won't be economicably viable. It's a much more expensive process than Ektachrome, and it will need a massive investment to get going. Not something that Kodak will want to take a bet on, at least until Ektachrome has proved that there is a big market for transparency film.

Still, it's interesting.
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ilovesaabs
Posted 22/02/2017 - 14:03 Link
what a relevation.... old Mirandas and Chinon don't die but they go to Dorset... shame Rocky had no Chinon CP-7ms. but might take a gamble on a P50.....
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Mike-P
Posted 22/02/2017 - 14:41 Link
Has Rocky upped his game now?

I haven't used him since his Ebay days and he was an absolute nightmare then. I was one of the very few that got a refund on some very imaginatively described equipment and that was only because I lived so close and told him I would collect in person if I didn't receive it soon.

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