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Rolleiflex Camera
Rolleiflex Camera  
Mr. Silver - Here is another camera that I have recently inherited.  Can you please give me some information and possibly its value?  

Do you know of an appraiser in Jacksonville, Florida?

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Hello Karen,

This is the very best of all the things you've shown me. This is a Rolleiflex Automat MX twin-lens-reflex camera, made by Franke & Heidecke of Germany from 1951 to 1954, for 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch "medium format" exposures on #120 roll film. This particular model of Rolleiflex was a professional's camera of that time, and still highly regarded today for its extremely fine overall quality. Although this style of camera is considered archaic by modern standards, there are many users as well as collectors who prefer it for studio and portrait work. Since you left the cap on it, I have no idea what lens it has, and obviously I have no way of determining the functional condition. Assuming it's truly excellent throughout, with sparkling clean optics and smooth focus and accurate shutter and bright reflex viewing, it could sell in the $250-$350 range. A classic German medium format camera from the 1950's.

Best wishes,

David F. Silver - President
International Photographic Historical Organization

silver@photographyhistory.com  

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I'm an expert on all types of antique and classic CAMERAS, vintage PHOTOGRAPHS, and the 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; from daguerreotypes and tintypes to the black & white images by the 20th century masters. I can identify and appraise, explain techniques and processes, offer insights on restoration and preservation, and provide guidelines for buying and selling.

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I've been a professional photographer and a student of the history of photography for over 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:

http://www.photographyhistory.com




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BA and MA in anthropology

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