May 29th, 2005

marcus 2013


I've been selling off some of my old photographic kit on eBay. Today I thought I'd put up one of the SLRs, a Canon AE1 with an F 1.4 lens, data back, and winder. None of it particularly remarkable kit, all reasonably nice condition but nothing truly special.

So I set the minimum bid low and the "buy-it-now" price to the maximum I thought I was likely to get, sixty pounds plus postage.

It sold in twelve minutes, and the buyer paid before I even had time to send an invoice. So either I got that one seriously wrong or the buyer did, and knowing my luck it was probably me.

Never mind - it's sixty pounds in my pocket, and I really wasn't using it. But it'd be nice to know why that went so fast, when there's plenty of (to my eye) comparable kit that's just sitting there, including at least a dozen other AE-1s. Here's the description, for those in the know does anything look rare or unusual? The lens is probably the nicest part.