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my mother just gave me this old camera and I was wondering if you could tell me about it and maybe how much it is valued for. im don't want to sell it but I just want to know what I have.

thanks, eric

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Hello,

That's a Contina II (catalog code 527/24), an old school "point-n-shoot" 35mm camera, made by Zeiss Ikon of Germany from 1956 to 1958. Very common, not a great camera, and not much of a treasure today. In truly excellent condition, a Contina II would only sell for around $25-$35 in the current collectible camera market. Unfortunately, they seldom work properly after all these years, the meter is usually dead and the shutter gets sticky, so the majority are considered pretty worthless. Obviously, the sentimental value far exceeds the market value here...

Best wishes,

David Silver  

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I'm an expert on all types of antique, classic, and contemporary cameras, as well as the general history of photography. Everything from ancient box cameras to modern single-lens-reflex; from simple Kodaks to sophisticated Leica and Nikon; from glass plates and roll film to movie and 35mm. I can identify and appraise them, explain how they work, and offer insights on their restoration and care. I can also provide historical background on vintage cameras and equipment, and guidelines on their purchase and sale.

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I've been a professional photographer and a student of the history of photography for nearly 30 years. During that time my collection of vintage cameras and photographic paraphernalia has grown beyond 2000 significant pieces. I've published nearly 70 articles in the field, including 16 in the popular "Buying Classic Cameras" series for PHOTO SHOPPER MAGAZINE from 1995 to 1997, I'm currently a contributing editor for CAMERA SHOPPER MAGAZINE and McKEOWN'S PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAMERAS, and I've written numerous entries for WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA. Portions of my collection have been displayed in museums and special exhibits in the past two decades, and many of the items were photographed as illustrations for books. In 1985 I founded the International Photographic Historical Organization (InPHO), which eventually evolved into its intended purpose as the best first resource for information on the history of photography. I'm also a founding member of several e-mail forums dedicated to specialized areas of photography, and I'm the moderator of the Internet Directory of Camera Collectors (IDCC), which remains the largest and most successful such group in the world. For more information about the International Photographic Historical Organization and its many services, please visit its web pages at:

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