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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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    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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    If we are doing nostalgia, I also have a Solida camera and an Ensign 320 that belonged to my father. He was a keen amateur and did a lot of his own processing. He was also in the RAF in WWII and spent his time doing processing of photo reconnaissance films. His one claim to fame (or infamy) was that he messed up one particular roll of film that turned out to be photos of the "Tirpitz" in the Norwegian fjord. It meant some poor pilot had to go and risk his life again to shoot more pictures. My father always reckoned that was why he never got promoted.
    The other notable feature of his RAF service was that he was the only man allowed to stand to attention on parade with one hand in his pocket! When he was a kid he broke his arm and it wasn't set properly, which meant he couldn't straighten the elbow. If he had stood as everybody else did his elbow would have dug into whoever was next to him. In peacetime I guess he would have never been accepted into the service, but they presumably needed everybody they could get.
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    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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    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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