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What are the criteria for your condition examination?

Here at our shop in Tampere, Finland we have authentic film-era machinery and tools which we use to test all testable items before listing them online or repairing / refurbishing when needed. We rate each item individually according to our findings to give it an accurate condition rating.

Each item gets three different ratings from 1 to 5, based on their optical, mechanical, and cosmetic condition (when applicable).

See the table below to understand our product condition rating at a quick glance, with more detailed definitions below that.

Rating Item Condition Summary
⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ 5/5 New or Serviced
Like the item you would find in the store when it was like new .
⬤⬤⬤⬤ 4/5 Excellent
Like the item that has just been checked by a repair shop and is not in need of any service .
⬤⬤⬤ 3/5 Good
Like the item you buy from a friend who has been using it with good results for years .
2/5 Poor but useable
Like the item you find at an outdoor market .
 1/5 Untested or broken
Like the item you use for decoration or spare parts .
   

1. Optical Condition 🔎

New or Serviced
⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ 5/5

No flaws can be found. The condition is equal to the original factory condition. Some stray particles of dust may be visible under intense inspection.

Excellent
⬤⬤⬤⬤ 4/5

No scratches on front or back elements. Front element can have very minor markings on the coating. Minor internal dust possible. Blemishes do not affect image quality.

Good
⬤⬤ 3/5

Satisfactory and recommended for use. Internals may have dust of varying size and slight haze. Not considered “collectible condition”. Front lens surface may have scratches or coating damage. Back lens surface may show signs of use but no scratches. Any of the above should affect images in extreme lighting conditions only.

Poor but Usable
2/5

Poor optical condition but usable. Internals can be very dusty or very hazy, with some large dust specs or signs of fungus, any of which will likely affect image contrast. Front or rear lens surfaces may have scratches or coating damage which may cause image aberrations.

Untested or Broken
 1/5

Lens surfaces and interior may have big scratches, fungus, haze or other deficiencies that affect both sharpness and contrast. Potentially unrepairable.


2. Mechanical Condition ⚙️

New or Serviced
⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ 5/5

Camera (or other product) New or just serviced by our professionals. All functions tested with applicable testing machinery and shown to be accurate/operational per original factory standards.

Lens New or just serviced by our professionals.

Excellent
⬤⬤⬤⬤ 4/5

Camera (or other product) All functions tested with applicable testing machinery and shown to be accurate/operational per original factory standards.

Lens Smooth, even, and precise focusing. Aperture blades move evenly and are clean. Friction may be slightly more or less than if the item were new.

Good
⬤⬤ 3/5

Camera (or other product) Most common condition for a working item. A few functions may have issues which won’t disturb most users, such as a broken self-timer, one speed inaccurate, or overly tight/loose button/lever. We can’t call these items “excellent” but can happily call them good. Light seals can be imperfect (unless newly replaced by up – noted in product description).

Lens Focusing is good and usable without difficulty, possibility for slightly inconsistent friction, small wiggle or play. Aperture blades may have clear signs of use or oil which will have no effect in performance.

Poor but Usable
2/5

Camera (or other product) All functions tested and some have shown to be inaccurate/non-operational. Typically still usable with consideration of noted defects in mind.

Lens Focusing is fully functional needing extra care to control. Focusing friction may be inconsistent, have wiggle or play. Aperture blades may have clear signs of use or oil, will work manually but may not work with automatic functions.

Untested or Broken
 1/5

Untested or broken, repair may not be possible!


3. Cosmetic Condition 👀

New or Same as New
⬤⬤⬤⬤ 5/5

No signs of use visible. Often original packaging and accessories included.

Excellent
⬤⬤⬤ 4/5

Minor and difficult-to-see scratches, blemishes, or wear possible. No dents. No big scratches.

Good
⬤⬤ 3/5

Clear signs of use are visible. Small dents or bigger scratches can be found and paint/texture loss is visible. Refer to photos.

Poor
⬤⬤ 2/5

A lot of signs of use are visible. Big dents or scratches and a lot of wear and tear are visible.

Very Poor
 1/5

Considerable damage has been done – condition can be so bad that even repainting/coating might not be possible.