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Old 11-21-10, 11:58 AM   #1
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hey camera people - should I sell my 35mm SLR?

I have a Minolta X-700 that I bought about two years ago after my two year old dropped my x-370 down the stairs (which I had since I was 16). I shot a few rolls with the x-700 and then switched to an Olympus digital SLR which uses the Minolta glass which I really like, especially my primes.

So, now I have this x-700 with an auto-winder, some zoom lenses, and two flashes. On a bad day maybe I can get $50 for it. $80 if I'm lucky. I have some better lenses, but like I said, I will keep these bc I use them with the digital.

I use a Nikon L35AF as my walking around camera. Or my iPhone.

So, do I sell the minolta because it takes up space and is only getting older? Or do I keep it so that I can be nostalgic every once in a while or so that my son can learn on it in ten years?
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Old 11-21-10, 12:01 PM   #2
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Nostalgiac. Also, there are some things you just can't do digitally.
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Old 11-21-10, 12:09 PM   #3
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If I said the revenue you expect is pretty optimistic, would it make a difference?

I'm keeping my old manual SLR...
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Old 11-21-10, 04:22 PM   #4
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It's funny to think that something like an SLR body, which you'd be lucky to touch for under $200 20 years ago, (When I got my first X-370) is now valued so low. I kept my Pentax gear P30T + a K1000 when I went digital, I used the lenses when I had a Pentax DSLR, but since I switched to Canon the Pentax gear does not get out much. But I'm keeping everything because I like film.

Digital has changed the world, in so many good, and bad ways.
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Old 11-21-10, 05:28 PM   #5
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I have a couple of those "old fashioned" film cameras that I plan to keep, a Hasselblad C and a Linhoff Technica. I gave my SLR to my daughter years ago, when she was taking a photography course.
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Old 11-21-10, 05:30 PM   #6
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I kept my Nikon FE body. At the point when I switched to digital, I could have gotten about $100 for the film body, and I think there is still some small demand for them. I don't know what I will do with it but I didn't want to sell it for the little bit I would have gotten for it. I have a lot of lenses but they are mostly for digital cameras with DX size sensors. I think I may have 2 lenses left that would actually work on the FE body.
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Old 11-21-10, 08:38 PM   #7
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I still have my two Canon bodies and 3 lens. Occasionally get it out to play with it. Also still have my 3 Canon FD lens - which won't fit on current Canons - an old Vivitar flash and the B&W darkroom. Since the lens wouldn't fit, transitioned to aNikon DSLR system. What you get for the camera and lens is so dismal, may as well keep it as a cheap "antique."

Note: if you have old flash sitting around, DO NOT USE on todays digital cameras. Old flash unites fire at very high voltage and can fy dugital cameras. Particurally true for canon where they significantly reduced the voltage. You can use it as a supplimental lighting off camera with a slave or other triggers.
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Old 11-21-10, 11:27 PM   #8
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It is fun to go out film shooting sometimes. A well-shot 35mm picture will usually be better than a digital shot because of the fact that there are infinite color variations with the "pixels" on film, and only 256 per color on digital.
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there are still film nuts like me out there - I just dumped almost a grand into refurbishing some old film SlRs. since you can't get real money for it and it shares lenses, I;'d keep yours. Just make sure it's stored properly (sealed in a bag with moisture absorption stuff) so it's ready to fire up in twenty years or so.
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Old 11-22-10, 09:51 AM   #10
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Shot some film yesterday on a 2001 Minolta Maxxum 5i. But 99.9% of my photos these days are on a compact digital camera. I'd love to get a digital SLR, or maybe the new Micro 4/3 cameras. But I can't justify the cost of the new camera + lenses to replace my 18-28 wide angle or 240mm zoom.

A couple years ago I was going through security at Frankfurt airport and the screener asked me to turn on the camera. She then proceeded to turn it over a couple of times looking for the lcd screen.
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I still have my Canon Elan IIe with me. It was my first SLR and it is kind of hard to get rid of it.

There is something about the noise of the winding motor that I can't let go.

That being said, my Rebel XT does allow me to learn and take much better pictures, mainly due to cost factor.
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Old 11-22-10, 10:16 AM   #12
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Haven't put a roll of film through my pristine F100 in almost 6 years. Thought about selling it when I switched over to digital but held onto it as a "just in case I need a film body" camera. By the time I felt digital finally out-paced film (Nikon D3) my trusty F100 was not worth enough to sell (along with my D1x, D100 and D2x bodies).
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Old 11-22-10, 11:49 AM   #13
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If it's worth more to you than it is to others, keep it. It's not like you're keeping a camera and its lenses, you're basically just keeping the camera body.

Not only that, but the X700 looks like one of those cameras that'll outlast you, let alone any fiddly plastic digital camera. And the pictures you take with it will last longer, too.
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Old 11-22-10, 11:57 AM   #14
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So, now I have this x-700 with an auto-winder, some zoom lenses, and two flashes. On a bad day maybe I can get $50 for it. $80 if I'm lucky. I have some better lenses, but like I said, I will keep these bc I use them with the digital.
It if was AF, I'd buy it in a heartbeat at that price, but I'm running Minolta/Sony for lens interchangeability. It is really handy to have 2-3 extra film bodies around, since you can't just dial the ISO up or down when the light changes like you can with digital. Right now, my 8000i usually has high ISO B&W film (usually Ilford DP 400 or higher) in it, and the StSi has either B&W 100 or Fujicolor 200.
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Old 11-22-10, 12:34 PM   #15
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Well, I'm not the one to ask for an unbiased opinion. 1) I'm a packrat 2) I still use my Nikon F

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Old 11-22-10, 10:15 PM   #16
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I've kept my film SLR for black and white. I still like the feeling of reading the light.
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I've been able to re-use all my lenses, filters, flashes, remotes, slaves, etc. when I went digital. So the only thing that's dormant is the Canon 650 body. I might run some film through it for fun.
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Old 11-23-10, 07:02 AM   #18
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I've actually gone back to shooting film for everything except weddings. Digital is convenient but it can't match the organic look of film. Plus film transparencies look so much better than digital projections. Plus negatives!
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Old 11-23-10, 12:06 PM   #19
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I bought a Nikon n90s for $60 off eBAY last year. They're going for less than that now. I always coveted them back in the day, but couldn't swing it in those days. I don't use it often, but I do use it. And love it. And plan to keep it.

If your camera was an item which might bring in a small fortune when sold, well then that would change things, but for $50?

Put it somewhere safe.
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Keep it on the shelf right next to your turntable and tube amp.
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I've been looking at getting back into film and was looking at that exact model. Turns out my father has one as well. They're great cameras for an advanced enthusiast. Not pro quality, but definitely good. They cool thing about them is that they're fairly cheap, the glass for them is cheap as well. This does not work in your favor however.

Should you decide to sell, I'd be interested. Would like to know what lenses, filters, etc. come with it first though.

I'd store it near my tube amps when no in use. My turntable is broken.
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do you have kids? give it to them when they grow up
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