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Ltryptophan's avatar

Should I have this camera spruced up before I sell it?

Asked by Ltryptophan (10243points) April 17th, 2010

I bought a Leica iif for $5 today. It is a tiny bit grimy. Otherwise it is in great condition. The camera is probably worth $200 just like it is, bare minimum. If I get it fixed up, it is likely worth $500 maximum. I am sure any reputable camera person would charge me at least $100. Should I just make my buck and move on, or wait and try to invest some money to make a bit more…

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kenmc's avatar

Why not use it yourself?

Ltryptophan's avatar

@boots. I like my digicam.

lillycoyote's avatar

If you’re sure about the value of the camera, then by all means get it serviced so you can make your extra 200$. That’s half the fun of hunting for treasures, and finding them. If cleaning it up can make you the extra money do it. I resell stuff, not things as technical as cameras, but I find that a lot of stuff just needs a good cleaning and it’s almost as good as new. People don’t realize that sometimes, and it is just money in my pocket.

kenmc's avatar

@Ltryptophan You can use both, though…

But @lillycoyote is probably right. She usually is, but I still say that you should use it yourself.

Ltryptophan's avatar

what should I do with the film I found in it? sell it too??

dpworkin's avatar

When I buy used photographic equipment, I prefer to buy it as-is and have my guy do the work.

Ltryptophan's avatar

@dpworkin this is what I fear others would rather as well. Should I still charge the higher price even though it needs a cleaning??

TexasDude's avatar

Do you have any pictures of it? I fix and clean old cameras for fun. I may be able to give you a more concrete assessment if I have a visual aid.

Ltryptophan's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard would a description help? Otherwise pictures will be a couple hours…I don’t know how to post pictures on here! lol…do I link to my flickr or what?

Ltryptophan's avatar

I could get the pics up faster.

TexasDude's avatar

You can link to your flickr. No worries if you aren’t able to do it though. I’m just curious as to what it looks like.

lillycoyote's avatar

@boots aw shucks, flutherites say I have been right at least twice in the past 24 hours. :)

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Qtips, cotton swabs, lens fluid and alcohol… + 1hr of your loving care.

But I’d be more concerned with getting the shutter checked, and making sure the rangefinder is in good alignment.

Of course, you could hang on to it and watch the value of your investment grow over time. The IIF isn’t going to lose any value… it can only increase in worth.

Ltryptophan's avatar

The shutter is working in all the speeds fast and accurate. It has a sticker inside the body that shows it was either serviced/or sold by a local camera place in ‘73! Not that that makes things fine and dandy. Anyway…uploading to flickr. I have noticed that the shutter curtain has some spotty things going on. I don’t know if it is the shutter curtain. If I wind the camera then this second dirtier curtain comes forward. The curtain before that is austere.

TexasDude's avatar

Wow! Now that is a beautiful camera! I would love to have one in my collection, but alas, I don’t have the money for another camera right now.

It doesn’t look too shabby. A bit of rubbing alcohol and a very soft cotton cloth should do the trick.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Having the flash bulb accessory definitely increases the value for the package. It’s not as dirty as I imagined. Give it a once over yourself, and auction it off if you need the cash.

I’d have a “no reserve” auction with a .99 cent opening bid. This will generate a lot of bidders. Put a bulb in that flash and display it armed. Definitely illustrate how the flash reflector fans open and closed… that is your hook!

I wouldn’t touch the first shutter curtain if you don’t have any experience with cleaning them. As long as it functions, and does not leak light, then you should be fine. If you do clean it, use only water and have a low powered blow dryer handy before advancing it. Make sure to brace the opposite side of the curtain with something stiff as not to poke a hole through it.

Clean the front and rear lens elements.

If the light seals on the camera back are fully intact, make a big deal out of displaying them with close ups and talk it up.

Very nice find.

I’ll offer double what you paid for it right now… ; )

I bet it brings over $700 with lens and flash package… more with flash bulbs and a case for all.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Set the camera upside down for a few days by a window in the warm sun. This allows the lubricants to flow back into places they haven’t been for a while.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

And definitely display the inspection sticker to all potential buyers.

Ltryptophan's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies thanks I will take your advice!

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