Rick Jones , Nov 06, 2003; 07:34 p.m.
Greg-personally I wouldn't touch it unless it is the variable condenser model (D2V) but you didn't mention if it had a condenser head. Irrespective of that the more accessories he has the less you'll have to scrounge. Partial list: negative carriers, cones (1 for 50mm to 80mm, 1 for 100-135mm and 1 for 150mm), lens discs to mount each focal length, 6 element lenses from major manufacturers. Look through the lens at a strong light source for fogging/scratches etc. As to condition, you can often tell a lot just by it's outward appearance. Regardless of age if it was used with care and covered when idle it could look virtually new. If that was the case I would expect the inside to be equally cared for. Take the condensers out and look at them carefully. A minor scratch MAY be ok but the cleaner the better. Does the head crank up and down smoothly and lock properly. Does the electric cord look sound. Put a negative in a carrier and try focusing-is it smooth and positive feeling? Without knowing EXACTLY what you are looking at and what accessories come with it I wouldn't even guess a price. Hope this at least gets you started with an evaluation.