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This won't look terribly impressive in your collector case...until you mention how much you paid for it.
(Notice the line "Former property of Leitz Factory Museum"...recently, I wonder?)
Mike (Thanks to Gabriele Harhoff)
Posted on Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 09:48 AM | Permalink
I want it! It will go well with my Dymaxion!
Paul De Zan |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 09:58 AM
Gawd. That thing looks like a total deathtrap.
Mike J. |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 10:02 AM
Personally I wouldn't pay a dime over $199,000 for it. I think I'll now pay $99 for the 135mm 3.5 screwmount I've been eyeing for my Canon 7 RF. I was on the fence. ;0
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 10:12 AM
So, is it really an M5 prototype?
Stephen S. |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 10:14 AM
well, lens included!
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 10:14 AM
Oh, man oh man! I think I hit the wrong button on that page. I cannot bear to look. Was it a decimal point or a comma in the middle of all those numbers?
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 10:42 AM
It has a selenium meter which was out of date in that era???
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 11:00 AM
Photo Arsenal is always good for a laugh or ten. Why get the prototype when you can have a wood mock up for less than 1/20 the price?
Chad Thompson |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 11:03 AM
Just look at almost any of Photo Arsenal's eBay listings for a hearty laugh.
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 11:40 AM
But how good would it be in Iraq?
Nigel Robinson |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 12:00 PM
How many mp? At that price, I hope it at least comes with a battery charger.
John Roberts |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 12:30 PM
And they have already a record of 2549 transactions. Wow.
Thiago Silva |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 12:41 PM
>Gawd. That thing looks like a total deathtrap.
In 1933, it looked like the future!
I saw Fuller speak once, very near the end of his life. I was a mere puppy and couldn't follow the circles he talked in, but was impressed with the sheer number of ideas the man had come up with over time. To my dad who went with me and was born in the same year as Fuller, he was simply the ultimate egghead.
Which may explain the shape of the Dymaxion!
Paul De Zan |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 12:54 PM
>Photo Arsenal is always good for a laugh or ten. Why get the prototype when you can have a wood mock up for less than 1/20 the price?
Apparently the M5 was originally meant to be a screw mount.
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 01:03 PM
Well of course..."No payments or interest 'till 2009." That makes it a deal.
Charles Maclauchlan |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 01:08 PM
We may look at the price of the Leica and wonder at it is cost, but remember that from the stand point of the uber rich (the only buyer for such a thing), they may make that much money in only a hours of oil pumping or stock trading. To people such as the sultan of Brunei, or the sheiks of Saudi Arabia (to name only two possible examples), it is not quite "pocket change," but not a large expense.
Alexander Vesey |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 01:30 PM
How does it compare to a Zeiss Ikon (current model)...as a usable picture taking tool?
Perhaps I can justify the Zeiss, by comparing the price to the Leica?
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 04:07 PM
What?? No free shipping?? That’s it, I retract my bid . . .
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 04:12 PM
You should see how much they want for the one with the snakeskin covering.
Chuck Albertson |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 06:53 PM
Compare an contrast (Voigtlander Vitomatic II) http://www.photoethnography.com/ClassicCameras/index-frameset.html?VoigtlanderVitomatic.html~mainFrame
The Voigtlander seems to solve the same problem as the M5. Currently the camera as shown, with the Tessar style lens goes for $47 on ebay. The ones with the f2 Ultron lens somewhat more.
And I think the camera has style!
Tom V |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 10:24 PM
At first glance I thought it was one of those German Instamatics from the mid 70's. I'm not quite convinced that it isn't.
Oh my. Instamatic isn't in my spell checker. How quickly we forget.
Roger Suppona |
Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 11:58 PM
I think I know of a Nigerian Finance Minister who might be interested, he can only pay by Western Union however.
Sunday, 15 June 2008 at 12:33 AM
Coincidentally there was a recent article on Fuller (Dymaxion Man) in the New Yorker:
Sunday, 15 June 2008 at 01:30 AM
Shipping cost from hong kong are an additional (40.- euros). the same is true for VAT, but there should be no duty payable if the buyer resides in the EU.
I would collect it and bring it to any address within the EU for half the VAT.
Christer Almqvist |
Sunday, 15 June 2008 at 06:06 AM
Well if it does RAW it is definitely worth it.
Peter in Bangkok |
Sunday, 15 June 2008 at 07:55 PM
and if you live in Germany you can get it for just 8 euros postage.....!
Sunday, 15 June 2008 at 08:35 PM
I think you have to give them points for trying.
K L |
Tuesday, 17 June 2008 at 07:54 AM
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