Japanese buyer pays over half a million for Moon Hasselblad

moon hasselbladMr Fujisawa, founder of Japanese photography retail chain Yodobashi Camera, has just won a Hasselblad Lunar Module Pilot camera at the 25th WestLicht Camera Auction. The camera, a Hasselblad 500 EL data, was used by Jim Irwin to take 299 photos on the Moon while on the Apollo 15 mission between July 26th to August 7th, 1971.  With a start price of 80,000 Euros It was expected to fetch up to 200,000 Euros , but after a close bidding war reached 682,000 Euros (over half a million quid!)

Details of the 25th WestLicht Camera Auction here.

Nikon 6mm f/2.8 ultra rare fisheye lens

Nikkor fisheye lensBack in April 2012 Grays of Westminster sold the ultra rare Nikon 6mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for £100,000

The 220º Nikkor fisheye lens weighs 5.2kg, measures 171mm in length and has a diameter of 236mm. It’s one of the few 220º Nikkor fisheye lenses ever to be made.

Last week another one turned up on ebay : Nikon 6mm Fisheye on eBay

This one failed to reach the $49,500 dollar reserve (approx £30k), which compared with the previous sale price was an absolute bargain.

Even so is any lens really worth this kind of price tag?  Would you pay this kind of money for a lens?

We have lots of low cost camera lenses for sale here

Where to sell you camera equipment?

Sell to dealer

harrison-cameras Harrison Cameras in Sheffield is an example of a great place to trade in your old camera.

You can take to a high street dealer who will give you a trade in valuation. The pawnbroker type shops, offer to buy all kinds of things from Golf clubs to Guitars so they do not have camera specialists in store. As a result it’s a bit of a gamble whether they will over or undervalue your gear. As a rule this kind of shop will offer you the least. Reputable camera dealers, such as Harrisons in Sheffield, will offer more. They usually know what the item is and have a better chance of selling at a higher resale value. But in both cases what you get will usually be about 25-40% of what the selling price is unless you trade in to get a better deal. So if a camera sells for £100 you’re likely to get between £25 and £40. The shop will then put it on show for sale for £80 to  £100 and give a 3 to 12 month guarantee.

Advantage to you is you get it off your hands without any hassle, but you may get a minimal amount for it.

Sell to local
Another option is to sell through local classified ad service either online or local paper advert. Use the eBay selling price to get an idea how much to ask.

Advantage you get a good price, disadvantage is you will have to let someone come to your house/workplace to view and you may get messed around.

eBay is the most successful online auction site
eBay is the most successful online auction site

Sell by Auction

Auction sites like eBay take this aspect out of the equation. You can charge for postage and can send the item to the buyer so there’s no direct contact. The auction route is a bit of a gamble. Sometimes you’ll get far more than you expected other times it will go for less than you hoped.

If you don’t know how much your item is worth check out our tips on finding out how much your camera is worth