We first reviewed McKeowns in
Classic Camera Magazine issue number 7, when we compared
it with another price guide. Many of the points we made
then are no longer applicable, so we have not reproduced
the review here.
The McKeown's guide contains
"instructions for the use of this guide" and we recommend
anyone who has never used McKeowns before to read this
section. Many of the common myths of camera collecting
are exploded here. For instance, the Guide does not claim
to be prescriptive, handing down prices from on high.
There are no set prices.
Even McKeowns does not contain every
camera ever made, but it has a very good try. Coverage of
cine cameras, perhaps reflecting interest, is poor and
seems worse as a comparison with the excellent still
camera section is inevitable.
Prices are in dollars and mainly
reflect the American market, although increasingly market
differences may disappear with the growth of Internet
commerce. Where there is a significant difference, this
is usually indicated in the text. Guidance is also given
on adjusting the price stated for condition. We have
often observed, as dealers, how vendors ignore - or gloss
over - condition but it is important to collectors and
McKeowns is probably the most used
book we have. We have two copies now that we have the
shop so that when someone walks in with something we have
never seen before we can look it up; it will almost
certainly be there.
The 2001-2002 edition of McKeown's is
out now and claims to have over 6,000 new pictures and to
contain over 25,000 cameras.
The cine camera section is still small
but at least some cine cameras are covered. There is also
a section dealing with camera-shaped novelties but again,
this is a small part of the whole book, the bulk of which
is devoted to still cameras.
A couple of sample entries from the
Kodak section should show the coverage of this book, as
well as hopefully go some way to exploding the myth that
old = valuable.
No. 2 Folding Autographic
Brownie Camera, 1915-26. Two and a quarter inches by
three and a quarter inches on 120 film. Very common.
$12 - $20
Instamatic 500 - 1963-66. Made in
Germany. Continental-style metered model with
Schneider Xenar f/2.8 38 mm. in Compur 1/30 - 1/500
shutter. Hot shoe and PC sync. Common. $30 -
One minor irritation for regular
McKeowns users - having trained us (over several years)
to look under "E" for Eastman to find Kodak cameras, they
have now shifted Kodak to "K"!
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