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McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 2005-2006 Hardcover – September 30, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras
  • Hardcover: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Centennial Photo Service; 12 edition (September 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931838401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931838408
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,012,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Rhodes on April 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the best all in one camera identification and price guide, bar none. It has been expanded each new edition and this one is no exception. It has many new photos and a ton of improved ones as well. Well worth the money if you have a collection to sell or you want to start one. It will pay for itself for sure.
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Anyone who is seriously interested in collecting antique cameras must have a copy of this Guide. It is indispensible to the auction arena, and particularly to EBay auction participation. The EBay camera world is frought with dangers and pitfalls when it comes to bidding and purchasing. It is important to know at least some fundamental levels of worth, and this book can provide you with this information. However, this "new" edition contains information that is at least 3-4 years old. So it is important to use judgement when bidding. Some camera prices have increased, but others have fallen over ranges given by the current Guide.
Another value of this book resides in the short histories it provides of the most important photographic manufacturers, such as Zeiss Ikon, Ihagee, Leica, and Kodak. Byond this, it is simply a great pleasure to leaf through at leisure all of the pictures of the multiplicity of cameras that have been produced over the last 150 years.
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I have owned the last three editions of Jim McKeown's classic price guide, and each is better than the last. It will not take much of a book to include anything Jim has left out! This is, without a doubt, THE reference book every true camera collector has on the shelf!
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No, that's not a typo - no matter how astute a camera collector or photographer you may be, until you look through this book you just don't know what you don't know!

I found the organization of the book a bit obscure at first (it is alphabetical by manufacturer and then within that roughly alphabetical by model, which can be tricky if you don't know the manufacturer).

Soon enough I was able to find most any camera I set out to identify and discovered in the process a number of other interesting cameras that I didn't know existed, and tons of trivia about cameras that I do know.

While it is difficult to produce a truly comprehensive guide about something as exhaustive as camera gear, this book does fairly well though it is at times really heavy on some areas (like Leica for example...) and conspicuously light in others (like Asahi Pentax...).

Notwithstanding all that, it is a terrific book to curl up next to the fire with and while away a few hours. That is of course if you have strong arms or a book stand!
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Although ostensively a price guide to cameras and other photo-related equipment "McKeown's" is much more. Over the years this volume has grown to encyclopedic proportions as it updates and adds to its huge inventory. In fact, I find the price quotes to be the least important of its features. Here in one giant volume we get a vast array of great illustrations, camera histories, and specifications. This is the kind of volume that won't let go once a photography enthusiast flips through its pages. Pretty soon he/she will jump to another section, as each entry induces one to look up something else. As the "Guide" takes pains to suggest, prices quoted here are not carved in stone, and various factors ultimately determine the price one pays for such photographic treasures.
I only hope the publishers will avoid the temptation of printing future releases in color, as the black and whites add to the antique "feel" of the book. Though a bit pricey, it's undeniable how much work goes into producing this comprehensive book, and for all the pleasures that this book delivers the price is well worth it!
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This is the most recent update to the best work I know on old still cameras. It adds considerable data to the earlier versions.
As film photography passes from everyday life to a specialist hobby and film cameras move from being utilitarian tools to being collectors' items, this edition of this book may stand (as there's been no update for seven years) as the definitive work for collectors and historians. I'm not sure the prices are at all accurate, but, as a collector, I don't use this as a price guide but as a research tool.
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There is no better source of information about older cameras. With hundreds (thousands?) of photos and excellent descriptions, if you collect, buy or are just interested in cameras you can't go wrong.
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If and when you need a guide on old camera equipment, and get a fair idea of what you're after or want to sell has none, or signifivant value, this is definitely the book you going to want to own. Has an enormous amount of equipment and you won't miss much! 100% of all collectible or non-collectible camera equipment it doesn't cover, but there won't be any book that ever will. This is your best bet, guaranteed!

If you are just interested in old camera equipment, this book will keep you going for hours at the time, but what's more, you will grab it over and over again in years to come. A normal book you read once, when it's a good one possibly more than once... but you'll never stop turning the approximately 1250 (!) pages the McKeown's price guide to Antique and Classic cameras offers you. I bought mine in 2005, so ten years later I can safely make that statement...

One thing I have to say though, it might not be 100% accurate on specifications, as in the 2005/2006 version, McKeowns still ensisted that the Contax RTS 1, a camera released in 1976, has a CDS lightmeter, while the RTS was actually the first camera where the revolutionary fast Silicon photo diode was used to measure the light! Then I guess the specs are not the main concern when creating a book about equipment value. I can recommend this book, with no hesitation!
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