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Inheritance

burned428

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Hi all,

My grandfather passed away recently. He lived an an incredibly full and impressively long life, over sixty years of which was spent as an amateur photographer. I recently acquired some of his equipment, and perhaps inherited a bit of a penchant for the art myself. Could any of you guys tell me whether his cameras are usable, especially for a novice, and whether or not they are worth servicing? Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi and welcome to the forum.
Sorry I can't answer your question but we do have members on here that are very much into old cameras so someone should be able to help.
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Hi
These are intersting cameras.
The Rolleicord with the Zeiss lens is a Rolleicord IIb from 1938-9, and the one with the Schneider lens is a Rolleicord V from around 1955. They may be working as they were reliable,and are worth around £80 - £100, so it would not be worth having them serviced unless you wanted to use them. They were advanced amateur cameras, highly regarded.
The Minolta is an excellent little camera with automatic exposure from the 1970s and would be a great camera to use. They sell for about £50 on Ebay, and may need a new button type battery, compatible ones are readily available, . CLICK HERE
I don't know anything about movie cameras except they are not worth very much and are extremely expensive to use.

HTH

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Take them to a camera store for an opinion about the serviceability and value. The Rolleicords seem to me to be the most valuable. Timeless in a sense.
 

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The movie cameras may be of interest to a student taking a film course. Both have "24 Frames Per Second" which is a feature that was desirable for film classes. The Sound movie camera can be used with standard silent cartridges, magnetically striped "Sound Super-8" is no longer made.

The Rolleicords use 120 film, shoots 2.25" by 2.25" negatives. They are well regarded cameras. 120 film is available, but you will probably have to order it. The Minolta uses common 35mm film.
 

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Take them to a camera store for an opinion about the serviceability and value. The Rolleicords seem to me to be the most valuable. Timeless in a sense.
I would not take them to a camera store that might give a low value. They would of course consider what they could sell them for.

I would check prices on E-BAY,that would give you an indication of value.
 
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