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Old Aug 17, 2007, 4:12 PM   #1
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Boy, up at 3:30 a.m., drive 2 hours, start walking at sunrise and walk non-stop until 12:30. More Pentax gear than I've seen there before. All were very common lenses (50mm f/2.0, etc):





Some pens for me, too:



Everyone needs one of these (maybe two):



And one of these, too:



All-in-all a good day. I bought a couple of nice pens at good prices and a box of filters for $20.00. In the box were:

49mm Hoya Multi Vision;
Tiffen 52mm circular polarizer;
Prinz 52mm circualr polarizer;
Canon 49mm Haze;
Hoya 49mm Type A Daylight;
Tiffen 49mm 85B
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Old Aug 17, 2007, 5:36 PM   #2
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Not a bad haul.



But how you could pass up a wicker motor bike.....





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Old Aug 17, 2007, 5:49 PM   #3
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i've never seen wicker like that. totally amazed
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Old Aug 17, 2007, 5:57 PM   #4
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for filters, i get them at a local camera store. i go in about every 6 months and pick thru them. last haul was about 20 for 10 bucks.. i list them on ebay and try to make 3-4 bucks on them. it keeps the paypal account funded. last time i had a tiffen 62mm PL that sold for $30.. shippings a breeze. cut two pieces of corrugated cardboard and tape the filter between the 2 and send 1st class for about 60ยข..
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Old Aug 17, 2007, 7:31 PM   #5
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"Local camera store" would somebody explain to me what that is?
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Old Aug 17, 2007, 7:41 PM   #6
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aren't there walk in camera stores where you live. a store that stocks just cameras and acc.. for them.. the one i refer to has been there since mud. probably 40 years. there's another cross town that deals in used equipment. you ought to see this place. stacks and stacks of anything you can imagine.

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Old Aug 17, 2007, 8:17 PM   #7
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Roy, the smaller brick and mortar full service camera stores are a dying breed. The mail-order houses had them on the rocks, but they managed to hang on with sales of film and prints, until the digital revolution finished them. Ebay,discount mail-order houses, the big-box discount stores, and new models of everything electronic every 6 months have made it impossible to compete. Those who haven't moved successfully to the internet are dropping out fast - volume sales are where the industry is today - some big brand reps won't even bother servicing the little guys anymore.
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we have at least 8 store fronts to deal with within a 50 mile radias. you're right about the internet and online purchases.. i'd say that 95% of my kit came from there..

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You're very lucky to have that many. We do pretty well, but few of them do any business in used camera equipment any more. Bel Air used to, and still have some Nikon collector lenses, but sold out their Pentax used equipment a long time ago. There's several other camera stores around SoCal that are larger but I never take the time to seek the out.

There's also a couple of "camera shows" (read camera flea markets) a couple of times a month, but they aren't anywhere near to me. I went to one of them when I was looking for a 300 lens but wasn't impressed by what they had. I didn't really know enough at the time to be able to judge what they did offer.
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The closest "store" to me is a Ritz in Mankato--a 50 mile round trip. They don't handle anything used and have very little in their store. To the north, there are National Camera Exchange stores around the Twin Cities, but they are pretty high priced and they certainly wouldn't let me go through their used filter collection. If they did, they'd change near list price for a used filter. There are a few others in the cities, but the drive, traffic and hassle makes on-line shopping much more desirable. Flea markets are the best shot we have up here at buying used equipment at reasonable prices.

Yesreday, I could have picked up an ME with 50mm lens for $40.00 from one seller.
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