Monday, March 20, 2006

March 20

On March 20th 2006 Paul Daniels sold two different Mamiya cameras on ebay making £328.80 in the process. Well done Paul!

I'll do what I can to describe the two auctions with as much detail as possible although it might get complicated because they both had multiple bidders involved.

So... his Mamiya C330 Professional F Twin Lens Reflex Camera in a padded camera bag went for £157.80.
It had with it a 46mm Mamiya-Sekor lens with UV filters and a 135mm Mamiya-Sekor lens with Skylight (1B) filters and lens caps (front and back) and a Courtenay Light Meter in Belt Carrying Case (as new) [needs a standard 'oblong' 9v battery]and Paul declared the condition of the camera and all the parts to be very good.

Paul had wrongly identified the lens as 46mm (that was to do with the screw in filter size, d'oh... the lenses are actually 80mm and 135mm) but even so it didn't put bidders off. pandapoops kicked proceedings off with a derisory bid of 99p. philiplloyd2006 then took control with a £2 bid rising to £10 and £11. He was seen off by a bid of £20 by juanito6cars who hung on for a while with bids of £24, £26.50, £35.45 and £40 but then it was robbagley0's turn. His £75 bid wasn't good enough for long and he was soon up to £85 and then £90 before losing his grip to rentadora who also had a 3 bid tenure. First £94 was enough, then £100 and £105 but rentadora was unwilling or unable to best 1117shelteredtree's bid of £115. mikkyblue took the lead with bids of first £120 then £125 but oligh spoiled his party with £131 and then £141. rasibuz bid £152.80 which looked like it would do the job but ianf4 managed to offer up a further fiver and £157.80 was enough to make it his. Well done ianf4. Well done Paul.

The other camera was a MAMIYA 645 1000S. Paul declared it to be in really good condition. It was also in a padded Camera Bag and came with a HOVE PRO-GUIDE Mamiya Book on Medium Format Systems, a Mamiya Sekor C 80mm Lens and a 220 Roll film adapter in original case. Paul added that it was fitted with a Cokin Filter Holder.

There were even more bids for this one. Again it started with a 99p bid, this time from snifferhann. kang123456 made it £12, annt15 made it £15 and both donnelly109uk and mart007uk put in bids of £20. As donnelly109uk had got in there first the pressure was on mart007uk to up the ante and he/she did with a bid of £25. That was soon doubled by rcdrake but eleganceglassware stole a march on them with bids of £55, £59 and £63 before dewdropn announced a presence with a £70 bid. mahluf was in the lead with an almost unbelievable £70.03 but surat19 made a more sensible offer of £75. dewdropn reentered the game by also bidding £75 and so surat19 went to £77. dewdropn had one last try with £79 but soon got out of the way when ross9635 stormed in with £90. rodrigoqbo bid first £94 then £98, £102, £106, £110, £114 and £118 and then mikkyblue popped up with £120. Do you remember mikkyblue from the other Mamiya camera auction? He must have really wanted to win one of them. rodrigoqbo was having none of it and came back with £122 and then £126. mikkyblue came back again this time with £131 and then £135. ross9635 who we'd last seen back at the £90 mark came in with £140 but half an hour later noahstephenson's £150 snatched it away. If you thought we'd seen the last of rodrigoqbo you were wrong. His £150 must have got in just before noahstephenson and so was technically winning the auction. So noahstephenson steps in with £155. mikkyblue returns with £160, noahstephenson parries with £161. rodrigoqbo just won't give it up and makes a last ditch effort with £166 but then right at the last noahstephenson puts up £171 and steals the day by buying the camera. Wow. What an auction.

Both the buyers were delighted. ianf4 gave Paul top marks with his feedback saying, "Very good ebay deal, excellent camera and safe delivery. Top marks!!!" while noahstephenson who was making his first ebay purchase said, "my first buy on ebay and paul made it a very pleasant one. no problems at all." At present Paul hasn't given either of them any feedback so it's impossible to know what he thinks of it all. But I'll bet he's happy.

I think Paul will enjoy spending his £328.80. Not a lot!


Ian Tindale said...

Hi. Would you say, over the past couple of years, that the Mamiya C series TLRs are generally losing resale value, or holding (or even increasing?). My theory is that the currently available high-quality flatbed scanners (eg, Epson 4490) are helping to resurge an interest in 'proper' film based photography but with a tight digital workflow - shoot, dev, scan, upload. All we need is a rumour to spread that the C series TLR 80mm chrome lenses are vastly superior to the Rolleiflex planar, and the whole market would implode (p'raps).

Anonymous said...

Ever considered psychiatric help? Get out a bit more and enjoy your life, instead of wasting your time on this inane tripe.

Cee-Dod said...

May i say what a pleasure it is to have at last come across a no-nonsense, factual, and very readable record of TV magician and entertainer Paul Daniels' ebay transactions. Such a site is long overdue and can only be applauded, especially with details like 'pandapoops kicked proceedings off with a derisory bid of 99p'. I look forward (not a lot!) to keeping myself informed of any future online auction activity via this site.

Anonymous said...

Hello! ;)
wow... what distracted newz!
what do you consider about it?

Paul Daniels said...

Hi Ian... you have an interesting theory on the Mamiyas but I'm not sure. I think digital cameras are also of a high quality and they eclipse the scanner's potential effect.

Paul Daniels said...

Hi anonymous! I haven't ever considered psychiatric help. Have you? I do get out quite a lot thanks and do enjoy my life and as other comments demonstrate this is not a waste of time and not inane tripe.

Besides if it is so inane... why are you reading it? Not so smart now are we?

Paul Daniels said...

Hi cee-dod: thanks for your kind comment. Let's hope Paul gets good and active with the auctions so I can keep my blog good and active too!