07-25-2020 09:11 PM
I'm hoping that you all can help me out. Is there a collectors market out there for older Canons? My neighbors husband just recently passed away and she asked me to see what she can domwith his AE~1 and one of the first Rebel digital camera. They both have various lenses and waht not for them. I would have taken them but I have my Dad's AE~1 and the old er Rebel, while it has several extra batteries for it, I probably wouldn't be able to find an SD card for it. Any input would be appreciated.
07-25-2020 11:19 PM
Unfortunately no. I also own an AE-1. There's a repeatable camera repair shop in my town (every professional uses him) and while there, I asked him what these sell for (this was at least 10 years ago ...probably more like 15) and he said "a buck and a quarter" ($125).
He explained that the *only* people who buy them are college students who enroll in a photography class that still teaches film cameras and darkroom techniques. Back in those days, there were a *few* colleges that did that... but these days I don't know of any colleges that still do this.
So these it's mostly a nostalgia thing ... but they don't sell for much.
07-26-2020 01:51 PM
The is a business TheFilmCameraShop on Etsy.
There is also an owner contact icon.
You could contact him and see if he is interested.
07-26-2020 05:41 PM
07-26-2020 06:08 PM
My AE-1 sits on the shelf. It will not likely ever be used again, but I wont part with it.
I grew up in a poor family, If my parents spent $30 on a gift, that was a *lot* of money (and I knew it). One year I opened my Christmas present (I was 13 ... but I loved photography and my parents knew it.) and it was a Canon AE-1. I wept.
I knew the sacrifices my parents must have made to buy that for me. This is why I will never part with that camera.
07-27-2020 09:27 AM
Thats a great story Tim!!
I post my stuff on LetGo and craigslist. Most items sell within a week or two.
Older stuff is probably best for eBay or like John mentioned Etsy.
07-27-2020 11:06 AM
Old 35mm film cameras are like vinyl records. They are valuable to a niche that loves them but for the vast majority they are paper weights. And, the vast majority of people don't want them.
A few years ago I spent $200 bucks getting my old best friend, my F1n cleaned and lubricated. Used it a few times but mainly it sits in a cabinet I built to honor and house some of my very favorite old gear. That's where it and all that other old gear belongs.
BTW, just think Canon made millions of AE1 Programs cameras. There are still millions of them around.