And play with Oscar Barnack as a child.;)
(Sorry, couldn't resit, won't happen again...)
Actually your statement isn't annoying at all. What bugs me about statements such as the one I quoted is they take no account of reality (in the form of inflation). How hard was it to come by that $200 in 1979?
Facts and rational thinking can stop certain things but online whining isn't one of them.
I am sure that 40 years from now people will complain how good and easy we had it in early 2000s.
So, without further ado:
To them, right now, I say BOOOOYAAAAAAAAAA MWAHAHAHA TOUGH LUCK
Yep in $200 in 1976 money = $795.66 in todays money. Conversely speaking $48.51 in 1976 money = $200 in todays purchasing power. So that Nikon SP was not really all that cheap. Plus I remember spending what amounted to a whole months pay on a Nikon F2AS when I was in the Army. Back when I could have bought the then brand new F3HP for less money.
My Vitomatic II is my go-to rangefinder - I paid less than £20 for mine which seems to be about the normal price in the UK. I have had two Vitomatic I s and both quickly developed jammed shutters - the Vitomatic I is not a rangefinder, mind.