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 Post subject: 1932 Minolta Semi
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:58 am 
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I recently got a 1932 Minolta Semi, but I can't find much info on them, or their value.
Any and all help is appreciated.
Thanks...........

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 Post subject: Re: 1932 Minolta Semi
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:44 am 
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The camera is not worth as much as it should be - it's the very first Minolta (named) and it does use film which you can buy now. The lens is a Tessar copy, and the camera is more or less a copy of a Zeiss Ikonta, which model I can not say precisely, but probably something like a 630/16. The main problem with the camera is the lack of lens coating and the very soft glass used for the front element - which also tends to discolor with age.

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I'd value a mint and perfect boxed specimen with original paperwork at anything up to $500, but a normally used one with no box, no instructions, could be as low as $100. A realistic price would be $150-250 depending on condition.

The postwar versions have a single coated lens, but they are still not as valuable as 1950s Zeiss Ikonta or Voigtlander Bessa models, which are considered the best folding rollfilm cameras for continued use with colour film today.

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 Post subject: Re: 1932 Minolta Semi
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:26 pm 
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Dave,
Thanks for the info and help!
I have a huge task ahead of me, as I am cleaning out the home I grew up in.
It's going on the market soon, and my Mom saved everything one person could possibly save in one house.
This camera is just one of the items.
There are THOUSANDS that I have no idea what any of them are worth.
The camera is in very good condition, and since Mom was a "saver" I'm sure I'll find all the paperwork that came with it.
When I get out the other camera's, I'm sure I will be back for more info.
This is a great site, and again thanks very much for your help!!


Goodwood


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