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    Question to photography people...

    I was given a couple Mamiya medium format cameras, several lenses and other things all in pristine (some are new I'm assuming) condition w/boxes, manuals, etc. to sell. Probably a $2000-$3000 worth of stuff I'm assuming, but I don't know the best place to sell it all. Are there any photography people on here that know of an active forum where this sort of stuff is commonly exchanged? I did some google searches and one lens for example is listed on average around $1000...

    Thanks!

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    eBay, even with all its controversy and problems, is still the market that will expose your items to the most potential buyers.

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    Senior Member Duckfat's Avatar
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    Try dedicated camera forums. Fredmiranda.com probably has the best alternative buy/sell and membership for a year is less than the PP fees on a single sale.
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    here is my take. i just sold my Hasselblad. IMHO, this is the gold standard of medium format stuff.

    demand is way down. there are a few collectors that are still buying, but it was difficult to find. i went with Craigslist. the collectors really want to kick the tires before buying. keep in mind, they know their stuff.

    if i were doing it over again, i would go old school and put up a flyer at the local art/photography school.

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    photography-on-the.net/forum, Fredmiranda.com, ebay

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    I'd agree: FM, POTN, eBay, Craigslist. Especially since you presumably don't have feedback/history on the photo forums, Craigslist might be a good start.

    What kind of Mamiya stuff, btw? In medium format, the 645 bodies have taken the biggest hits in value -- largely because they were most useful to working wedding/portraiture pros, who have almost entirely switched to digital. The rangefinders (esp. the M7) are holding up better, since nothing really approximates what they can do.

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    Isn't POTN Canon only?
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    Mostly, but there's some bleedthrough.

    Really, FM is the best. The only caveat is that it takes some time to build up a reputation (as it does anywhere). With or without a history on a site, the key to successful is really good clear descriptions, photographs, fair prices, and good communication. Presumably just as it is here.


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    er, "key to successful transactions"....

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