Cameras & Optical Equipment Premium Positioning At Catawiki we auction cameras and optical equipment of premium quality which are hard to find and appealing to passionate camera and optical equipment enthusiasts.
Because potential buyers come to Catawiki looking for special and rare cameras and optical equipment, our in-house experts select every piece for our auctions, ensuring they are of premium quality and are presented in the best possible way. We do this because we aim to keep our bidders excited, allowing them to find the pieces they’re interested in and to ensure our sellers have great selling experiences.
At Catawiki, we move constantly forward. Our positioning is evolving to a strong premium segment which opens more opportunities for success for us and for you. From the 14 million visitors that come to our platform every month, we gain valuable information on what they are passionate about and what they prefer to buy. With your help, we want to make sure we continuously meet this demand and offer the special objects that our growing number of bidders are excited about and want to buy. In these guidelines, we’ve defined what the special pieces are that bidders look for in our camera and optical equipment auctions. We’ll also state what we require from you to successfully place them in auction. These guidelines serve to create a level playing field between all our sellers. We will be happy to make room in our auctions for your lots that meet this high quality demand, and we will aim to shape ourselves to better fit you. Our experts and account managers will be fully supporting and guiding you for success on Catawiki. Thank you for being with us on this exciting journey!
For our auctions we seek and select: ●
a wide range of analogue and digital cameras, film and darkroom equipment as well as optical equipment
from a selection of reputable brands
items that are in at least good condition if younger than 20 years old, or in at least fair condition if older than 20 years
lots that are commercially attractive with a value of at least €50
Product Guidelines At Catawiki we auction analogue and digital cameras as well as optical equipment.
Desired cameras, bodies and lenses We seek a wide range of cameras and equipment, from all periods and by various desired brands and models, including: ● ● ● ● ●
Analogue cameras Digital cameras (compact cameras with less than 8 megapixels need to be offered in a lot of 5 pieces or more) Point and shoot cameras (without zoom) DSLR bodies and sets with lenses Lenses for cameras (e.g. Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Minolta, Hasselblad, Leica, Zeiss, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Voigtländer)
Desired camera equipment Next to camera bodies and lenses, bidders are often interested in various camera equipment such as: ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Camera brand lenses (Nikon, Canon, etc.) 1 lens per lot - for other lens brands, (Vivitar, Soligor, Sigma, etc.) 3 lenses per lot Camera bags (Billingham, Lowepro, Pelican, Nikon, Leica, Canon) Tripods (Manfrotto, Gitzo, Slik, Vanguard, Cullmann, Linhof) (dedicated) Flashes (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Leica) Metz 45 and 60 flashes (if working and complete) Remote controllers Gimbals Filters (in batches with multiple pieces or larger dimensions > 72mm)
Desired film/video and darkroom equipment Film equipment ● ● ● ●
Analogue video cameras (Hi-8, S-VHS) 8, 9.5, 16, 35, 70mm cameras and projectors Mounting tables 16 and 35mm 8, 9.5, 16, 35, 70 mm films
Darkroom equipment ● Enlargers and enlarger lenses ● Development tanks and trays ● Powder chemicals (no liquids) ● Photo paper and paper cutters ● Timers Items that are not suitable include ✘ 8mm, s-VHS video cameras ✘ Developing liquids, KMZ quartz and other amateur 8mm cameras
A selection of optical equipment ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Microscopes Microscope parts (ocular lenses, mirrors, etc.) Binoculars and theatre binoculars Telescopes and mirror telescopes Monoculars Theodolites Land survey instruments
Optical instruments that are not suitable ✘ Widely available binoculars (e.g. made by Auriol, Cresta, Rocktrail, Maginon, Tasco, Revue)
Items that are not suitable for our auctions The following create little bidder interest in our auctions and are therefore not suitable: ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘
Compact cameras with built-in zoom lenses Autofocus SLR cameras from 1985-2000 unless they are professional equipment Digital action cameras other than GoPro Nikon F301, F401, F501, F50, F60, F70 Canon EOS 650, 700 series, 800 series, 1000 series, 300 & 3000 series, 500 & 5000 series Minolta 5000-7000, 3xi, 4xi, 5xi, 7xi, 300SI series, 500SI series Agfa Isola, Agfa Silette, Agfa Click, Agfa Clack, Canomatic, Agfa Instamatic Kodak Instamatic, Kodak point shoot, Kodak instant cameras Polaroid Swinger, Vision, Colorpack, Polaroid 100 series, EE-series, Zip Olympus OM101 / 707 (unless complete sets), Olympus IS 100-3000 series APS cameras Russian Zenit SLR and Praktica SLR camera (unless sets with 3 lenses) ‘Analogue’ flash units not in bulk, flash units from Mamen, Jinnet, Mcoplus, Yongnuo LED macro ring flash No items with swastikas or Nazi propaganda made after the Second World War
Examples of desired camera brands and lenses
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Mint (in new, working state, unused)
Near mint ( used and in working state with no visual signs of use)
Very good (used and in working state with minor signs of use)
To be of interest to bidders, items should be in good working condition. Highly collectable cameras and equipment made before 1950 may be offered in non-working condition, e.g. cameras without film and plates.
Good (used and in working condition with visible signs of use and minor defects (e.g. Good condition, the glass has a little haze))
Condition Fair (used and in only limited working condition, with major signs of use/visible damage)
Items in poor condition or loose parts of equipment are not suitable ✘
Poor (heavily used/no longer working with major damages, parts missing)
Parts (parts for repair or if not working, for collection)
Submission Guidelines Potential buyers are more likely to bid on lots with a good description, all relevant information displayed clearly and, of course, beautiful photos.
Lot description To help encourage potential buyers to bid on your lot, you should include a detailed description of your object(s). This should be thorough and honest, and follow the guidelines on the next page.
Lot description If you are using our website to upload your lots, tips will appear to give you guidance about what information we need to know about your lot. The fields that you fill in help to present the information in a way that’s easy for the buyer to read. The required information includes: ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Object/camera type Lens type Brand Lens mount type Film type Condition Serial number: This is particularly relevant for professional equipment and high value items (e.g. from Rollei, Hasselblad, Alpa or Leica)
Additional details required for digital cameras: ●
For digital single lens reflex cameras, the shutter count is a kind of odometer. It is of great importance for the value of a camera to add this information to the lot description. You can use the following websites to determine the shutter count: www.camerashuttercount.com or www.freeshuttercount.com
Submission Guidelines Including strong photographs is key to catching buyers’ eyes, ensuring they bid on your lot. Of course, buying online means potential bidders do not get a chance to see your lot in person, therefore detailed and high quality photographs are very important.
Photographs To allow our experts, as well as our bidders, to get the right impression of an item, we require a minimum of 5 high quality photos, giving: ● ●
a 360 degree view of the item close-ups of important details, according to the guidelines on the next page
Image Guidelines ●
Photograph your item in front of a plain and neutral background, preferably a white wall.
Only show the item(s) you want to put up for auction. Avoid any bare hands or self-portraits.
If you offer several items, please add an overview image including all items, as well as photos of each item individually.
Provide specific, in focus, detailed images of all sides of the camera and lenses.
Accurately show the condition of the item(s) giving close-up photos that clearly show any signs of wear and tear, visible defects or (minor) damage as well as repaired or restored parts. Please cover or blur any swastikas or offensive marks, runes or SS markings in the photos.