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Are some film cameras becoming a status symbol

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by Stephen Rundle, Jul 18, 2020.

  1. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    OK not exactly (I have to take care what I say or try to say / mean !)

    I am seeing many compact film cameras selling for a considerable sum now if in good condition especially boxed, Olympus XA1, Konica Big mini, Olympus Mju and Rollei 35 (as usual).

    Now however the once sub £100 Yashica Mat 124G is now stupid money £300+ for a "good" not even mint one
     
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  2. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    The Lomo mob started things rolling , then the hipsters took over .
    Now film cameras are a fashion statement !
    You've gotta wonder how many being carried around even have film in . ;)

    I've been carrying them around since long before then , so I must be a trend setter .
    Next thing you know it'll be cool to be short , fat and scruffy ! :D
     
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  3. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath


    Now idiots are listing "Lubitel" cameras as LOMO

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOMO-Lub...155346?hash=item23db7b7052:g:w00AAOSw3LxfDFQE
     
  4. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

  5. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    I think what makes them idiots is the price they are paying for them. :eek:

    IMHO, of course. ;)
     
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  6. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Can't argue with that.

    I like my Lubitel 2, even as a confirmed Rolleiflex fan. It's fun and quirky in a nice way, and well worth the £20 I paid for it. Current prices are completely ridiculous.
    I also prefer the 2 to the later models as it looks more classic.

    Horrible case, though. Exactly like my other LOMO product, the Cosmic Symbol.
    2 cheap plastic cameras I actually have a very soft spot for.
     
  7. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath


    WTH !

    That used to be a £20 camera
     
  8. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    £300 could buy you a very nice camera , rather than a budget camera like this .

    I have several Yashica TLRs , Minolta , Rolkeicords , Mamiya , and other random makes , all for a fraction of the cost of a new Lomo one , all give better results too .

    I bought another Lubitel 2 a couple if weeks ago .
    Rather than it having a faulty shutter and misaligned lenses for £25 , like the one Stephen links too , I bought mine for less than £20 . https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283923066652
    The shutter seems accurate , it's consistent , ( which is more important !) The lenses are clear and focussing is smooth .

    I think I've seen these sell for over £50 though .

    I'll be taking it with me to the Yorkshire Dales for my holiday in a few days .
    I'll see what the weather looks like before I load it with FP4 or HP5 .
     
  9. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Checked for light leaks? A common problem, iirc.
     
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  10. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

  11. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    One problem is new film, the lubitel has a "RED" window, and modern 120 film does not have a thick paper backing so will fog, you need to cover the hole, that is a problem, no frame counter :) :)
     
  12. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    They have light seal's ?! :eek:o_O

    Looking in the channels they do appear to be present and correct .
    Looks a bit like woolen yarn .
    I've had a look in my boxes and found a good as new never ready case , so its gone in that and that should prevent light leaks anyway .
    Replacing the light seals is a job for later , perhaps ...

    With change out of £20 it's just been bought for a bit of fun anyway .
    I've a few versions of this camera already .
    Never paid more than £20 though !

    I think I've still got my old typewriter in the lift , not sure I can still get a ribbon for it though .

    This isn't a problem with the Lubitel 2 .
    Yes it does have a red window , but immediately below it is a nob you turn which moves a blind behind the window to block off any light getting through .
     
  13. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Or use a bit of folded duct tape.

    what I use on some old 120's

    S
     
  14. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    Stuck over the outside , or rolled up and pushed onto the slot ?

    I've used some insulation tape around the door of some cameras I use that I know needs new seals .
    That does the job .
     
  15. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Fold over itself, leave a sticky strip and use as flap on the outside.

    S
     
  16. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    neitl3 said

    With change out of £20 it's just been bought for a bit of fun anyway .
    I've a few versions of this camera already .
    Never paid more than £20 though !

    I think I've still got my old typewriter in the lift , not sure I can still get a ribbon for it though .


    I agree 100% it is the idiots paying £15 when they have no idea and are driven by a fad, they are not looking at a Minolta say.
     
  17. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    Their paying a lot more than £15 .
    Minolta Autocords and Yashica D's used to go for £30-£50 depending on condition , now you see them going for over £100 .
    My Yashica 124g was bought from a camera shop and it had been with the same owner from new .
    I bought it about 15 years ago for close to £100 , with some filters , hood and film etc .
    Now they seem to go for anywhere between £200-£300 .
    Minolta manual focus SLRs use to be £15-£30 , now around £100 .

    It's clearly down to supply and demand .
    When a new Lubitel TLR is £300 , ( who the hell thinks that a fair price I don't know - but they sell !) Then £50 for one in good condition , in full working order is a good price .
    The fact they used to sell for £10-£15 ten years ago is besides the point .

    I got lucky with the one I won at less than £20 , but I'd be interested to see if any clown will pay (or more) that for a faulty one !
     
  18. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath


    I know that which is why I said

    Why pay £150 for a lubitel when you can get something LIKE a Yashica

    I wrongly said £15
     
  19. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    Autocords were excellent cameras and have always sold for over £100
    I sold my last one to a student at the college for £130 20 years ago and I had done at least 150 weddings with it. I preferred using them to my rolleiflexes.
     
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  20. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    I only paid about £50 for mine .

    And I like them as well .
    Must have got mine at a bargain price then .:)
     

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