April 17, 2004

Spring Camera Cleaning

Canon EOS Elan II

I’ve been thinking that it’s that “out with the old, in with the new” time for my cameras. The first step is to get rid of my non-digital SLR camera. I feel kind of rotten about this because it was a gift and never got used as much as it should. On the other hand, that means it’s in near-perfect condition. I flipped it on this morning and saw it needed a new battery so there’s one on order from Amazon I ran out and bought a fresh one. It’s a Canon Elan EOS II and would be perfect for a photography student. The Canon Ultrasonic 28-80mm lens, lens cap, shoulder strap, and manuals are all in near-mint condition as well. I feel like I should be able to get about $250 for this but that may be unrealistic. I’m also not sure whether to go the eBay or craigslist route or whether there isn’t some other forum that camera resellers frequent. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

The next phase of the plan would be to sell the digital point-and-shoot camera. I’ll write more about this one in a future post but for now it’s a Canon Powershot S30 and aside from a few tiny scratches, is also in perfect condition.

Comments

Jessyca

Yeah! Comments are back! How much for the Canon? I might need a new camera :-)

Walt Dickinson

Which one? The Powershot? I’m not ready to sell that one yet. I need to choose what the “new” is before I get rid of the old digital one.

you may think about keeping the US lens from the ELAN. the lenses are all standardized and can be used on any Canon DSLR.

If your looking for an option to eBay or craigslist you might try photo.net. I don’t know if you will get a better price for your camera there, but you will have a more focused audience than eBay or craigslist.

Walt Dickinson

Nick: You may be right, especially if I go the Canon 300D route. The Nikon competitor is compelling though…

David: Thank you for the suggestion. I always forget about photo.net even though I like the site. I wasn’t aware they had resources for selling either. Much appreciated.

Jin Kuwata

Nah. I say get rid of the lens with your camera if you can. That way if you do decide to go Canon, it gives you an opportunity to buy quality optics like a any fixed focal length (as opposed to zooms.) But I may be a rare breed in my lens preferences. Also, you might want to consider going Nikon. The worst feeling is once you have some lenses under your belt and you want to switch systems… then you have to backpedal.

My Canon S40 that I bought two years ago is sick… the lens won’t extract when you slide out the cover out like it should. Canon says it will cost minimum $150 to look at it… which probably means $200-250 to have it fixed. The camera has been one of my best investments ever — I’ve literally taken thousands of photos with it. The question is — to fix or to buy a new one? If I were to buy a new one, will a good SLR honestly ever get that much cheaper? There’s a great deal of sentimental value attached to the camera and i don’t think a four megapixel camera will be outdated for many years — I can print beautiful 12x16 prints on it.

Walt Dickinson

Jin: It all depends which brand I wind up going with. I guess we’ll see. Thanks for the advice.

Rob: That’s a tough one. If it were me, I’d buy a new camera.