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06/18/2014 10:57:04 PM · #1
My brother in law has this really old 35mm camera Minolta Maximum 300 si still in bran new shape never used and with a camea case he even has 4 bran new film rolls 200 speed, with it serial #94610890

I am trying to find out how much this would be worth because he wants to sell this kit the main lens is a 35-70 AF..
He never used this camera at all... but he paid $500 for the set before digital came out

Google is not giving me what I need to get info about this camera that I need.

He does not have the manual to it
06/19/2014 12:55:40 AM · #2
The film is probably not good. However, are you sure your brother in-law really wants to sell it. He could actually use the lenses on a new Sony digital camera. You should really ask him for sure and if he does just look at prices for what is selling on Ebay.
06/19/2014 08:02:44 AM · #3
The prices on Ebay just for that camera are under $60.00.. I will let him know that those lenses will go on a new sony at least because those are great lenses.. If I knew how to process film I might think about keeping it myself, but that's a huge thing to get into ..

When I told him about the prices on Ebay he decided to keep that camera...

Would the lenses go on any Sony or just specific ones?
06/19/2014 07:17:55 PM · #4
Unless he bought it twenty years ago and stored it in his glove box, the film is probably fine. Fresh film is always best, of course, especially for critical work, but expired film is perfectly usable under most circumstances and great for experimenting.
06/19/2014 09:54:35 PM · #5
Home processing of B&W film is actually quite easy and not a real tight tolerance thing. Color is more effort and unless you want to spend money on temperature controls, best left to Walgreen's or other places like that.

Good images are easy to do with the last generations of film cameras. Film does have a look all it's own. Some people find it worth it, others do not.
06/19/2014 10:34:08 PM · #6
I am not sure on how old it was but it was before the digital cameras came out
06/19/2014 11:19:45 PM · #7
I have a couple of Canon EOS film cameras that work quite well with my EF lenses. Also have a couple of older EF lenses that came with the film cameras, that work just fine on my 40D and 5D II.

There are a number of us, here, that continue to shoot film. It one of those things that some like, some don't. I don't think it is the end of the world, either way. I no longer use a wet darkroom. I shoot and process the film. Then scan it and move to photoshop.
06/20/2014 12:48:30 PM · #8
Originally posted by ambaker:

Color is more effort and unless you want to spend money on temperature controls, best left to Walgreen's or other places like that.

You can certainly invest in something like a Jobo, but a water bath is enough to maintain temperature, and you can do that in your sink or a small cooler.
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