Let me stress up front that these values are my own guidelines and no doubt many other people will have their own ideas that differ to mine.
When I was actively collecting classical cameras a few years ago before the digital revolution triumphed I would value them according to whether I
- Keep - was going to keep it in my own collection
- Try - wanted to run a couple of films through it to gain experience of the kit
- Deal -to be sold immediately, hopefully for profit.
Personally cameras did not have to be in perfect mint condition, I did not mind signs of use which I treated as patina, however be wary of dents and dings that indicate the camera or lens had been dropped or knocked.
Further I assumed the cost of any repair to be a minimum of £45, which means that unless a camera is worth considerably more it is not worth buying. Therefore with only a few exceptions I only bought cameras and other kit in full working order.
|Kodak||KodaLux Light Meter||£5||£10||£15|
|Kodak||35-80 View Finder||£15||£20||£35|
|Pentax||ME Super + 50mm f1.7M||£15||£25||£35|
|Pentax||ME Super A + 50mm f1.7A||£20||£35||£50|