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    advice on a Cambo 4x5 SC

    Iím getting back into photography and need some advice on an offer made for a 4x5 Cambo sc.
    This offer is for the camera, two lens boards, one with a 210mm len, 10 film holders, cable release, focusing lube, focusing cloth, and case.
    I had been on the forum only a few days so the offer did not come from anyone thatís on the forum.
    The asking price of $950.sounds a little high to me for a twenty year old student camera, but like I said Iím getting back into Photography.

    Thanks for any help you can give.
    Greg

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    Re: advice on a Cambo 4x5 SC

    I would suggest
    camera 150
    lens boards 50
    film holders 50
    unknown lens and shutter 200
    extras 100
    Total 550 + how nice it is

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    Re: advice on a Cambo 4x5 SC

    It's impossible to say without more specifics, as cowanw alludes to and I agree with his pricing (for a "good deal"). Prices have (for the most part) been dropping since 09/11/2001 with the most recent economic crash really taking its toll. Unless the system you listed is REALLY NICE I don't think it's worth their asking price... not in today's depressed market. That said... it MIGHT be worth it. Without specifics...?

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    Re: advice on a Cambo 4x5 SC

    I have a clean Cambo NX 4x5 for sale for $225. That leaves you $725 to buy a lens and some other stuff. I think $950 is a little high for the gear you mentioned.

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    Re: advice on a Cambo 4x5 SC

    Cambo's are pretty common (I have three.) The value of film holders varies greatly with age and condition.

    Lens prices have dropped, particularly for common 4x5 lenses as opposed to those that cover 8x10 or larger. I just bought a very nice multi-coated 210mm Caltar II S (Schneider Symmar S) in a Copal shutter for $110, and a 150mm G-Claron apparently remounted into a Polaroid shutter for $66. I might consider those two prices to be exceptionally low, but the lens in the set you are looking at would have to be something special to value it much over $250.

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    Re: advice on a Cambo 4x5 SC

    Look at prices of goods sold on eBay to get an idea of what the going rates for the bits you've been offered are. Look at prices asked by keh.com; I have no idea whether they have a 4x5 SC, but looking is cheap. Then try to estimate how long it will take to get what you need via eBay or direct from KEH; don't fixate on what's in the package you've been offered, think about what you need.

    Understand that buying via eBay can take a while.

    Also, don't fixate on a Cambo, be it an SC or something newer. If what you're looking for is a 4x5 view camera with enough movements there are less expensive ones around.

    In my experience, claims made on bulletin boards about prices at which one can buy right now are biased downwards, claims about prices for which one can sell are biased upwards.

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    Re: advice on a Cambo 4x5 SC

    I always check out www.KEH.com to check on prices for gear.
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    Re: advice on a Cambo 4x5 SC

    Be wary of the retail operations... they've invested in their inventory just like the rest of us but they're less likely to let things go at "current" market value if it's as depressed as it is right now. Caveat emptor...

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    Re: advice on a Cambo 4x5 SC

    KEH.com is the place to price used gear. Compare shop using their prices then decide if the local gear is priced right. I have found that e bay is always higher in cost. I have seen recent local postings, Boston Area, for a similar camera on Craig's list for as much as $1400 without to much additional gear (it was listed as in Excellent shape). Over time these usually come down in price! I bought my Cambo SC with a Fuji 210 f5.6 lens for $400 here in Boston last year so shop around for the best deal. I have found used film holders locally for $10 each if purchased in quantity.
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    Re: advice on a Cambo 4x5 SC

    I have bought and sold a number of items over the past year or so. I agree with the above posts that the price is high and KEH prices are fair.

    On the other hand, if you really want that particular camera and lens, and the rest of the kit is in good shape, and it saves you the time/effort/shipping costs of piecemeal purchases, then maybe it is reasonable. Also, 210 mm lenses vary in value, but I doubt that a Cambo SC comes with an Apo-Sironar S which would justify the current price. But the 210 offered is probably not in that league.

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