Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/02/01

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From: "C.M. Fortunko" <>
Date: Sat, 01 Feb 1997 21:48:58 -0700


I have no problem with collectors. My problem is with collectible cameras
that have never been used. As a result, they are probably in the same shape
as a car that was driven one mile a day for thirty years.

Best of light,


At 07:43 PM 2/1/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Mr Cardish: Dear Sir I to am a collecter and I just do not understand how
>I can be a problem to those folks that are users! I will not buy ANY
>camera that is not mint, how does that effect you as users? If I pay
>$600.00 for a mint III-F RD you can find one for $350 if you do your
>homework,also if it were not for collecters there would not be a thing to
>pass on to our children or am I wrong? Just a thought...      A.S.
>                          TEMPUS VITAM REGIT
>On Sat, 1 Feb 1997, Dan Cardish wrote:
>> I think that some people are guilty of being collectors without even knowing
>> it.  I can recall Marc Small claiming to use all of his equipment, implying
>> that he is a user, yet he also claims to sell some of his cameras and/or
>> lenses for more than he paid for it.  That appears to be a characteristic of
>> a collector (the worst kind, for that is what is driving up prices)!
>> Dan C.