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Nikon FM2 Sell or keep?


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I have my dad's old Nikon FM2 which was barely used and a few old lenses. Near mint condition.  I see that they are going for anywhere from $2-400 online. I was thinking about selling the gear, as I need some cash, but at the same time was wondering if they might appreciate in value if I were to hold onto it for a while.  Just wanted to get some opinions

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If there is any brassing at all, it will never become a collector's item. Brassing reduces the camera from A or A+ to B to B+ even if it is otherwise mint with low mileage. Even a Mint or Mint- camera will probably not increase in value as time passes as they were made in such large numbers.



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If there is any brassing at all, it will never become a collector's item. Brassing reduces the camera from A or A+ to B to B+ even if it is otherwise mint with low mileage. Even a Mint or Mint- camera will probably not increase in value as time passes as they were made in such large numbers.

Examples of brassing? never heard this term before how do i know if there is brassing on my camera?  Sounds like its probably not likely to be collectable



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Brassing is when the brass starts to show through the enamel from wear. As the enamel on the corner in front of the winding lever is relatively thin and the strap touches the camera, there is nearly always some traces of brassing on black metal Nikons.



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I think I would keep that camera. It looks very nice and the FM series were among some of Nikon's best film cameras.

 

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the thing is i have zero plans on using it. I think film is going to die a slow and painful death and unless there's some kind of technological apocalypse this thing is going to do no more for me than a paperweight... unless its collectable or somehow will appreciate in value if i keep it for another 20 years. Right now ebay sold items has it selling from between 250-350


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I totally understand. I literally have a closet full of old film era gear that I don't part with mainly because it wouldn't be worth my while to sell it. Basically worthless.

 

And, while film isn't quite dead, it's not doing well at all. Still, just judging by the photo, you should be able to sell this camera and lens and make a few bucks. You have to decide whether it's nostalgic value is greater than it's monetary worth. It was, after all, Dad's camera. 

 

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