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chuck ­ m
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Mar 30, 2015 12:22 |  #1

I have a Leica camera, M3 with leather case. I also have a Leica Meter MC light meter. I am sure that they are worth something, but, My father was paranoid in his older years and inscribed his name and address on all his cameras.

My question to all you experts is would someone buy such items that have been engraved?

I also have a Kodak Regina camera and a Weston Electric light meter in the same condition.

These cameras and meters were purchased in the early 1950's.

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Mar 30, 2015 13:39 |  #2

I think you mean Kodak Retina and on that one there are many models. As far as the Leica M3
they still go for a pretty penny. I know for sure the engraving is going to effect the value how much
I'm not sure. The Leica must have a lens list the lens model that will effect the price. I'm sure there
are folks on this forum who will be able to tell you how the engraving will effect the value.

Was just thinking if by miracle the engraving is on the base plate it might not effect the value all
that much as it would be easily replaced. That would be the bottom of the body.




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chuck ­ m
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Mar 30, 2015 14:14 as a reply to Furlan's post |  #3

Thank you, Furlan.

Kodak Retina, sorry.

As suggested above. The lens is a Leitz f=5cm.

The engraving is visible even with the camera case is on the camera.

I should note that I have the original instruction manuals for the M3 and the Leica light meter. But no books on the kodak.

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Furlan
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Apr 04, 2015 10:02 as a reply to chuck m's post |  #4

I'm surprised that no one has chimed in on this thread. I see a ton of Retinas on e-bay at some
crazy high prices but not a one is selling. So the Retina what ever you can get just dump it. The
Leica on the over the hand before you sell it you better do some homework. Its all about variation,
condition etc and your going to take a big hit due to the engraving. Just where did he engrave the
body? I hope he didn't do any engraving on the lens body. Well good luck.




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chuck ­ m
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Apr 06, 2015 15:14 as a reply to Furlan's post |  #5

Thanks, Furlan. All of the engraving was done on the visible surfaces of the camera body.

These cameras don't need to be sold, but I suppose if an offer were made I'd let them go.

They are just like my Minolta's I spent a fortune on them but now they are just paper weights.

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Furlan
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Apr 06, 2015 16:02 as a reply to chuck m's post |  #6

The Leica is by no means a paper weight. If it was my fathers no way would I sell it and the
engraving would mean something. Keep it in the family as a heirloom. The Retina that's a boat
anchor.




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Apr 07, 2015 16:44 |  #7

Id definitely keep the Leica - the fact that its engraved is a great personal memory to you. You will regret the few thousand dollars you may get for it in a few years. Put it away, and take it out again in the future. Your views will change. Its a treasure. I wish my dad had his still, instead of having sold it, as he thought it was worth something. That money is gone now. Precious objects stay forever.


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Apr 13, 2015 11:14 |  #8

Having engraving devalues it for the collectors.

M3 users go for 500. If it was used a long time ago, you'll get at least 300 400 for it... also depends on serial numbers, whether the leica seal is broken... etc.

As for the lens - it really depends on which lens you have. At least 200 I think.

If you want to shoot it, you're likely looking at shutter curtain changes which run from 200 to 400 bucks.


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