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    Those Nikor tanks (for 4x5)

    Are they really that expensive? On eBay, they usually go at a starting price of about $200! Check this out:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALL-METAL-NI...item4d08f6a35e

    Is that "normal"? I'm in the market for one of these, but I don't want to be taken. What is a fair price? How much should I pay for one of these? I've put an ad indicating my interest in buying one of these.

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...r-tank-for-4x5

    Let me know if you have one for sale.

    Thanks.
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    Re: Those Nikor tanks (for 4x5)

    I sold mine, complete with retaining band for $150 and I'm good with that.

    IMHO it is way over-rated thing.
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    Re: Those Nikor tanks (for 4x5)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    IMHO it is way over-rated thing.
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    What is overrated? The tanks? Are they not good?
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    Re: Those Nikor tanks (for 4x5)

    Mario,

    These tanks are hellaciously overpriced on eBay and other online sellers. However, they do work very well with a little care in loading.

    My suggestion is if you really have your heart set on getting one, you need to keep checking places like thrift shops (Goodwill), antique stores and Craigslist in about a 200 mile area around your address.

    I got extremely lucky and was able to purchase mine from a used camera store that was selling out all of its inventory at ridiculously low prices.

    Best of luck.

    Dave

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    Re: Those Nikor tanks (for 4x5)

    I had one many years ago, and gave up trying to use it. It seemed like a great idea at the time (I've used Nikor tanks for 35mm and 120 over 60 years), but could never get the hang of it without kinking or scratching the film.
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Re: Those Nikor tanks (for 4x5)

    One of these is selling on eBay for $295. Yikes!

    I'm looking for one guys. If you want to sell one at a reasonable price, please let me know.
    --Mario

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    Re: Those Nikor tanks (for 4x5)

    The ebay prices really are the going rate for these. $200-300 for most of them. Occasionally less, but they don't last long if at all for lower prices. There's also condition issues to watch out for (missing thumbscrews, missing band, etc.)

    I have one for sale (as we already discussed). They are great, I think - one of the best solutions for hand processing 4x5.

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    Re: Those Nikor tanks (for 4x5)

    The old "Supply and demand" rule.
    But geez it is nuts.
    It is probably because much of what were made is probably lost in old darkrooms and estates of people that don't know what they are.

    I have an extra one, but it is missing the SS band to hold in the film, so you would have to rig up something to keep the film in.

    Mario,
    I sent you an email.

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    Re: Those Nikor tanks (for 4x5)

    Quote Originally Posted by ac12 View Post
    The old "Supply and demand" rule.
    But geez it is nuts.
    It is probably because much of what were made is probably lost in old darkrooms and estates of people that don't know what they are.
    No kidding.

    Quote Originally Posted by ac12 View Post
    I have an extra one, but it is missing the SS band to hold in the film, so you would have to rig up something to keep the film in.
    Guys, is this doable? A rubber band perhaps or is that a big no-no?

    Quote Originally Posted by ac12 View Post
    I sent you an email.
    Got it. Thanks.
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    Re: Those Nikor tanks (for 4x5)

    Quote Originally Posted by ac12 View Post
    The old "Supply and demand" rule.
    But geez it is nuts.
    It is probably because much of what were made is probably lost in old darkrooms and estates of people that don't know what they are.

    I have an extra one, but it is missing the SS band to hold in the film, so you would have to rig up something to keep the film in.

    Mario,
    I sent you an email.

    I use a rubber band, it works.
    Michael Cienfuegos

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