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I received from my neighbor a canon FT camera with different

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I received from my neighbor a canon FT camera with different lenses and other accessories. I have no knowledge of cameras or their value and would like to know what a reasonable asking price would be
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  GeekGal replied 9 months ago.

Hi there. My name is***** woudl be happy to help you with this. The Canon FT was originally produced in 1966 but you've indicated that yours is from the 80's. Can you tell me please how many lenses and anything that you know about them, for instance a model number? It would also be helpful to know what type of accessories you have and whether the camera has been tested or not for functionality. Once I have that information, I will be able to make an informed recommendation.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
i think model number is ***** i have 3 lenses 50mm 1:14 , ZOOM 28-85MM 1:4 and a vivitar lens that says automatic tele converter 2x-4 FL-FD. I have several blk/wht filters, a canon booster, a vivitar100 light?, and various straps and cords that I have no clue what they do ! sorry I am not a lot of help!
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
idk if its 1980 one of the two manuels had a print date 1981 but there is another yellowish manuel that could be older
Expert:  GeekGal replied 9 months ago.

Thank you. That is actually very helpful information. Please give me a bit of time to thoroughly research recent selling prices. I will get back with you as soon as possible, but it may take me an hour or so to pull up enough data. Will that be acceptable to you?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Sure! i need to run some errands so plz take your time and thank you very much!
Expert:  GeekGal replied 9 months ago.

You're most welcome.

Expert:  GeekGal replied 9 months ago.

In my research, I found prices everywhere from $10 (for non-working units, camera only) to $50 (for one with a 50/1.8 lens, that had problems) to $320 (the buy it now price for one on ebay that works perfectly and has been thoroughly tested). This camera is a collectible as it was the first Canon camera with TTL (through the lens) metering. The price that you can expect to receive for it depends upon a number of things:

1)What is the "grade" of the camera?Average? Good? or Mint? Does it work flawlessly, or does it have issues? Are there any scratches or dents on the outside? Is the leatherette covering in good condition?

2) Do you want a quick sale, on ebay, or perhaps to a camera dealer who will test it and resell it?

If you do choose to sell it yourself, be sure to take some good quality photographs of all of the accessories and lenses as well as the camera itself from several different angles. You may want to consider selling the stock lens with the camera and selling the additional lenses separately.

Here's a link to the user manual for this product.

It may be helpful to you if you want to test it thoroughly in the hopes of getting the best possible price.

You may also want to consider selling to someone who specializes in old cameras and who will do all of the testing for you. If you elect to go this route, you won't make as much off of the sale, but you won't have to invest a lot if time and energy into it either.

A third route avenue that you might want to consider would be posting it on your local Craigslist, so interested parties could come and examine it in person.

To summarize, even if its not functioning 100% properly, it should be worth at least $50 as a collectible or for parts. If you verify that everything is in working order and are willing to wait for the right collector to come along you are likely to get closer to $200. Yes, there is one for sale on ebay for $320, but it is unlikely that we will actually get that.

Here are some recent selling prices where the sale was actually completed:


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Canon FT QL 35mm SLR Film Camera with 50mm f/1.8 FL Lens - $48.50

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Canon FT QL Camera & Case w/FL 50mm 1:1.8 Lens & 55mm FD Lens + extras - $40.00

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*Note: this one sounds most like your bundle

Here is an example of one that will likely sell for the asking price of $169, eventually. It is being marketed as a collectible camera to an audience that is looking for vintage items.

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