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    Default What to do with an old film camera?

    I have an old Nikon 401F SLR and also a Canon ELPH (remember them?). They have absolutely no value these days and I suspect you can't even get film for them unless you dig deep into the recesses of the interweb. (Post initial post update - do a search for "Kodak film" and it seems to be quite widely available. Mind you, you still have to get it processed.)
    What do I do with them? I really don't want to just send them to the tip, but what is the alternative?
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    You might be surprized by listing them on Trademe. There are some collectors out there who might jump at them.

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    Default Re: What to do with an old film camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    You might be surprised by listing them on Trademe. There are some collectors out there who might jump at them.
    I'm sure there are collectors, and Trademe may well be worth a shot, but while the ELPH may be of some interest, I suspect the Nikon isn't special enough to get someone's juices flowing. I'll check it out.
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    I think wellington photographic supplies still processes film. I think they also sell old gear (and so may buy) if you don't want to deal with the trade me set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    I have an old Nikon 401F SLR and also a Canon ELPH

    My brother sold all my dads old film cameras and I even managed to sell my old digital one (a very old 3mp one).
    Trademe...there are film camera fans still.
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    Default Re: What to do with an old film camera?

    Its a buyers market for film cameras on trademe.
    Average, run of the mill, film cameras have no real value .

    List them on trademe for $1 reserve . You might get $2
    It may not be worth the effort for a few $ .

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    Default Re: What to do with an old film camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    Its a buyers market for film cameras on trademe.
    Average, run of the mill, film cameras have no real value .

    List them on trademe for $1 reserve . You might get $2
    It may not be worth the effort for a few $ .
    That's the thing. I feel really conflicted. One one hand I would like to be rid of it, but on the other hand it offends me to sell it for a pittance. I looked at your links, and even $50 is a bit of an insult.
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    I still shoot film, I also shoot medium format larger size film.

    On Facebook you can sell the cameras ... the group is called "New Zealand Analogue Photography Buy Sell" if in working condition you may get $50-150 for it with a lens I suppose... . The Canon point and shoot maybe less maybe $25-50.

    You can sure still get film in NZ. Christchurch Photo and Video in Merivale. Wellington has Wellington Photographic Supplies Vivian Street and Photo Warehouse Manners Mall McDonalds across the road and Victoria Street behind the ex Farmers (called Splendid which is a film only lab plus digital prints no selling digital cameras). Auckland has Photo Warehouse and Auckland Camera. Auckland film labs are PCL, Black and White Box and The Film Lab. A Wellington lab guy came to present to us at a camera club said 80% of his clients are under the age of 30yrs old. Look at Instagram they are not uncommon. Some specific cameras have rocketed up higher than brand new prices ie Contax T2 think $1,500 and up, Ricoh GR think $1,000 and up, and Leica rangefinders are holding values. Mamiya 7 and Linhof 617, Hasselblad XPAN are so expensive. Ditto Fuji GX617 panorama. These think $5,000 and over.
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