I bought an old rangefinder on ebay. (emotional buy - uh oh) I took a chance on a 100% feedback seller who said he hadn't thrown film through it but he guaranteed the functions and said he'd take a return within three days of receipt.
so, I got it today - the light meter works, and the shutter is working although it already stuck a few times just looking the camera over out of the box.
cosmetically it looks okay but --- this is a fixed lens camera and the lens feels shaky and loose. Loose at the base where it meets the body, and also at each of the control rings (f-stops, focus wheel, etc.).
I had this same model when I started shooting in high school - it's not supposed to shake to my knowledge.
I'm a bit aggravated cause I paid a bit more than the going ebay rate due to his feedback and description ($40 + 14 s/h). Assuming he doesn't give me a hassle for the return I'll probably pay another $14 to ship back - so I am out $28 and no camera .....it may be cheaper to just keep the damn thing and put a cheap roll of film through to see how it looks...
Unless I get ballsy and ask him to cover return shipping...even then I'm out $14. I doubt he'd do that anyway unless I wanted to be a jerk and give him his first negative feedback...I'd rather not do something like that.
anyhoo - any advice from the camera people here would be welcome......