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Old 03-26-2009, 12:53 PM
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I bought a new camera and lense and I was wondering if I should sell my old setup. It works fine and would be a nice backup, I suppose. Is there a market for used camera gear and could I get a decent price? This is something I have not done before so I thought I would ask you guys for advice.

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Old 03-26-2009, 01:27 PM
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Depending on what you have, there may be a very strong market for it. Some camera stuff transfers over to use with digital sensors, some doesn't.

I'd ask if you use that old stuff, or if you intend to -- do you see yourself using it anytime in the near future? If not, get rid of it.
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My wife is expecting our first child this November, so when I see or hear of questions like yours, or think of chucking or selling things I have, if you don't need the money, box that stuff up and put it in a corner of the attic and let the kid find it and cherish it. I can only think that if the camera you have now was used to take any sentimental pics, think of how much that thing would be worth to whoever you passed it on to. I keep old motorcycle helmets around, just for that reason. The sentimental value is priceless down the road.

My Mom passed away 2 Octobers ago, the sheets of paper that she would doodle on means more to me than about anything else nowadays.

If you need the money or the stuff is so obsolete, then sell.
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Eyeball,

Thanks for the advice. It's a Nikon D70s and Nikon 70-300mmVR lense. I really don't think I will use either very much anymore, having upgraded. It will probably end up just taking up space in the camera bag. I don't want to give it away, but I don't know what a fair price would be.
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thundra,

Good points.
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Originally Posted by thundra View Post
box that stuff up and put it in a corner of the attic and let the kid find it and cherish it.
It's funny, I am the opposite. There are some things that are sentimental, but then there is also junk. My wife's gradmother left "us" lots of stuff that I guess she considered sentimental. It's crap and it takes up space and to me it is an unneccessary burden that we have to deal with. To each his own I guess.


To the OP....Is the camera digital?
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Contractor, and I mean this with all sincerity, the best thing is that at least she gave you the choice. The thought-that-counts kind of thing. I keep stuff around that I think I can use, then I think long and hard about whether I'll use the scrap metal I've been saving and eventually chuck it as I no longer need to fabricate stuff for 1987 dirtbikes and such.

My baby sister uses the 35mm film camera that my dad had used to take pictures of us when we were all little through the 70's and 80's, it is one of her most prized possessions. I have my Olympus 720SW and will pass it on as it is a perfect kids camera, about unbreakable.
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Originally Posted by OBX Skeeter View Post
It's a Nikon D70s and Nikon 70-300mmVR lense. I really don't think I will use either very much anymore, having upgraded. It will probably end up just taking up space in the camera bag. I don't want to give it away, but I don't know what a fair price would be.
Lucky for you, you bought quality equipment and your D70 and 70-300 still has some value - the lens moreso than the body. There are two places to find the market value for your equipment.

1. Go to eBay and scroll thru the D70 and 70-300 listings. You will likely get the most for your body and lens if you list them separately.

2. KEH in Atlanta is the largest player in the country in the field of used photo equipment. Call them, ask for their buyer, and describe the condition of your body and lens. You can also go to their home page, and at the bottom right of the home page start the process to get a value for your equipment online. They are honest and fair, but will likely not give you as much as you can get by selling them yourself.

Also, if you are in an area where they have camera shows, KEH usually has a buyer at camera shows, so if there is a show nearby, go and take your body and lens, and any other major piece of camera related equipment you might want to sell.
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Originally Posted by OBX Skeeter View Post
Eyeball,

Thanks for the advice. It's a Nikon D70s and Nikon 70-300mmVR lense. I really don't think I will use either very much anymore, having upgraded. It will probably end up just taking up space in the camera bag. I don't want to give it away, but I don't know what a fair price would be.

I just bought a new Cannon EOS digital SLR and I have a ten year old 35mm Cannon EOS SLR. Fortunately all my lenses work on the new digital. I'd keep your old camera. I plan on keeping mine. You can use it for some creative stuff, infared films, b&w, etc. But, I always wanted two camera bodies anyway.
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I have an old Nikon F (just the original "F" model like all of the photographers in Vietnam used). Dad bought it used 15 years ago and a huge assortment of high quality Nikon lenes. I laughed at him when he carried taht huge camera everywhere taking all kinds of picture. Big, heavy, awkard. I used my slim and trim Canon digital while he had to hire a camel to tote his camera around. Since he died 1.5 years ago, I now have the camel too and love to feed him everyday.
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Originally Posted by OBX Skeeter View Post
Eyeball,

Thanks for the advice. It's a Nikon D70s and Nikon 70-300mmVR lense. I really don't think I will use either very much anymore, having upgraded. It will probably end up just taking up space in the camera bag. I don't want to give it away, but I don't know what a fair price would be.
DSLR Bodies don't hold value with the rapid pace of development and dropping price points.

That lens is rather pedestrian too, I don't think they will ever be worth more than they are now especially the body.

If you had top line nikon glass it would be a different story.

I now have all L series Canon glass and unless they change the mount again there would be no reason to part with them, I use a 1DMKII body and it meets or exceeds my needs.

I kept a Nikon F4S and a Maimiya Pro 120 but more for sentimental sake than anything else.
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Originally Posted by shadco View Post

DSLR Bodies don't hold value with the rapid pace of development and dropping price points.

I agree with that. But if I remember correctly (maybe, maybe not), the D70 has a removable low-pass filter, making it a very desirable dSLR to folks doing infrared digital photography. I think that camera is the one targeted by serious IR shooters.


ETA: I just looked it up - That Nikon D70 is indeed a desirable camera to IR shooters. It is easier to convert.

http://www.lifepixel.com/IR.htm

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