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What's a Mamiya RB67 kit worth these days?

Robert Lai , Aug 04, 2005; 04:59 p.m.

I'll be up front an state that I know next to nothing about medium format cameras except for a brief fling that I had with a 6x6cm Zeiss Super Ikonta B folder. I was in the camera shop that gave away a Nikon F2AS for free yesterday, looking over their used products selection. In the post about the Nikon F2AS, someone had asked me about their medium format gear, so I inquired about it.

They had on hand a very clean Mamiya RB67 outfit. So clean in fact, that it looks brand new. I can't find a mark on any of the finishes. They have all the boxes for it also. The camera was used by an amateur, who then traded it in. Here's what was offered: RB67 body with waist level finder, 90mm f/3.5 lens, 2 x 120 film backs, and one Polaroid film back. Asking price for the entire outfit was $1000 even. I could probably have haggled the price down if I was serious. However, I don't know whether this is a good or bad price for this gear, so I'm asking you guys. Why? I guess I'm just trying to gauge if this is a good shop to get used gear from.

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Jorn Ake , Aug 04, 2005; 05:46 p.m.

If KEH prices are any measure, they seem to say that is somewhere between about right and a bit of a deal - depending on which vintage RB67 model we are talking about. Obviously the RB is a nice camera with a proven track record. But given past experience with that shop, you ought to low-ball your offer. The shopkeep already knows you are willing to spend too much money on a worthless Nikon F2AS though, so your cover may be totally blown. ;-)

Jorn Ake , Aug 04, 2005; 05:53 p.m.

Let me adjust that a bit: just an RB, too much money; RB-S, about right, maybe a bit high; RB-SD, a good deal.

Jonathan Brewer , Aug 04, 2005; 09:30 p.m.

In order to give you a perspective of prices these days for Mamiya RB gear, consider this, a BRAND NEW Mamiya RB 100-200 which used to retail for $4000,was bid out on e-bay for $568.00. Prices for MF gear are great for anyone getting into MF, and unlike Digital, you can use it for life as long as you maintain the gear w/reasonable but minimal maintence.

Don't buy this particularly when you can probable get a RB-SD demo/like new outfit or better for under $1,000. If you just take your time and wait, the market is going your way, MORE brand new/demo/like new/pristine gear will be coming your way, gurenteed. Great thing about this is that no matter how terrible this is for the manufacturers, there are enough already manufactured cameras and lenses on the planet to last us all forever, and unlike digital, plenty of technicians who can fix these things pretty cheaply.

jim feldman , Aug 04, 2005; 09:40 p.m.

A fair number of the pro-s's come up on ebay. The pro-s is relatively newer and has double exposure interlock when used with a pro-s film back. The Pro-S also introduced the framing bars that show you the landscape crop in the viewfinder. Look for the "C" lenses as they have better coatings on the optics. Not that the older ones are bad, just more prone to flare and lower contrast. I'd say his price is a little high for a Pro-S. The film backs run about $170, the body about $200, the Mamiya P-back about $80, and maybe $200 for the 90 lens (they're common). All prices +- about 10% The 65mm is a nice landscape lens, and the 180 is nice for protraits

I've had my RB since when they were still pretty pricey. They're big (technically 7x7), bulky (I think you could park a hassy inside), built like a brick outhouse, weigh only a little less than one, and I love mine. You just don't take the photographic process lightly with one. The glass is totally up to anything you'll likely ask of it. The 90mm and the 127mm are considered the "normal" lenses. The shutters are all mechanical, and do have a few drawbacks. One is that 1/400 is the top speed, but is rarely accurate in used lenses. Unless the lens as been CLA'd in the last couple of years, you'll want to send it out to be done.

Douglas Green , Aug 04, 2005; 09:53 p.m.

Used RB67 complete w/ back and 90mm lens & WL finder are selling for roughly $300 on ebay nowadays. Each additional back would be no more than $75 to $100 added, even if they are very clean. So, that makes the outfit your looking at to be a roughly $450-$500 on ebay. Frankly, an F2AS is worth more than an RB67 nowadays.

F D , Aug 04, 2005; 11:03 p.m.

If you see this price HERE you'd be suprised how it can be as low as $295 :)

Jonathan Brewer , Aug 05, 2005; 02:31 a.m.

Go here http://cgi.ebay.com/MAMIYA-RB67-PRO-SD-WITH-90mm-KL-LENS- 120-RFB-WLF_W0QQitemZ7535315456QQcategoryZ3352QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem hopefully the link is good, if not, you should still be able to track it down on e-bay, it's a Pro-SD, 90KL lens, and RFB, bidding is currently at $584.10.

Roger C , Aug 05, 2005; 05:56 a.m.

Just remember that all the serious bids come in the last 15 seconds. Do a "Completed items" search for a true idea of values.

Jonathan Brewer , Aug 05, 2005; 01:04 p.m.

I didn't post this to give him an idea of any early bidding, I gave him this to moniter, AND jump in on the bidding since it may bid out somewhere in the ballpark of the other deal, with way newer gear.


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