Today I decided to go in a random Goodwill with my boyfriend, Andrew. Andrew was searching for a fixed-gear bike to spruce up. There were no bikes, but lo and behold, imprisoned behind a glass counter there sat a vintage 1980’s Minolta X-700. Now, I know this blog is targeted towards cameras predating 1980 but I figured it was a good lesson in treasure hunting for you guys. If you read my last entry, “No Time Machine, No Problem”, you’d know that stores like Goodwill often offer hidden treasures. Sometimes they don’t all work but sometimes you can really get a great deal.
Today, I got a great deal.
How did I know? Well, remember, we start with checking out the lens, or if you want to speak the photo jive, the glass. They had several lenses available, the one I decided to go with was the 45mm, which offers a wider range of photo possibilities. This lens happened to be a Minolta Rokkor-X 45mm with an F2. I did some research and it retails for around $60 in good condition. I got it for $6.
After checking out the lenses, we surveyed the body. The shutter curtain was in amazing condition, very important. The foam, which we talked about in the “Light Leaks and Why They’re Cool” post, was newly replaced or maybe it was the original foam. Regardless, all of the light leak potential spots were safety sealed off.
Lastly, we checked to make sure our shutter worked. Unfortunately, the battery was dead. This model is battery dependent, so it is NOT fully manual like most antique cameras. The battery will be replaced tomorrow and we will get to testing this little fellow out.
Oh and not to forget, the camera also came with a very cool strap reminiscent of the 1970’s and early 1980’s boho hippy styles.
So what was my final gain? The camera body retails for around $90-$100 nowadays and that lens is estimated at around $60. My Goodwill setup is worth about $160 and what did I pay? $24.50… Happy Treasure Hunting!