I sold mine for 10 bucks with some 6.3 lens. Anastigmat?
Originally Posted by Ian Grant
I feel like I've missed out.
Last edited by Andrey; 04-09-2013 at 05:43 AM. Click to view previous post history.
Is it me, or film equipment prices have gone up?
Have you seen the prices of Polaroid SX70's lately? Or HOLGAS?? Or even original Diana's??
Impossible and Lomography are carried in places like Urban Outfitters. They introduce "young" artists to film and from there the "young" artists start to explore.
"You're shooting film?" their friends ask? And all of that attention makes them crave more. So they start looking at SLR's, instant cameras, and the almighty Hasselblad.
Before you know it, you're in a bidding war with a 12 yr old who wears skinny jeans and can spend his entire paycheck on that Hasselblad because he doesn't have grown up bills yet.
Prices have dramatically increased just in the short two years that I've been shooting film again - that's undeniable. But what I find interesting is how fast the younger photographers are catching on.
I sold four or five film cameras to an 18yr old in TN when I de-gassed my collection this last go round. And he regularly PM's me to see if I'm ready to sell more!
Cheer up Alan, it's only money
Originally Posted by Alan Klein
Did prices go up or the value of the dollar go down?
We can console ourselves about film and film gear going up by thinking that there are more analog photographers competing for film and gear.
“We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.
We are monkeys with money and guns.”
― Tom Waits
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Originally Posted by BrianShaw
Hasselblad prices have barely changed and if anything have gone down a smidge from what I'm observing. On eBay, Marc Miller's prices have pretty much been consistent for at least 4 years.
Maybe the influx of teenagers buying cameras means once they get bored, they're selling them on again for extortionate amounts for their remorse. I think mostly people just take liberties when selling classic cameras.
I'm really not sure what people are talking about in regard to increased prices in general.
Last edited by batwister; 04-09-2013 at 02:02 PM. Click to view previous post history.
'Cows are very fond of being photographed, and, unlike architecture, don't move.' - Oscar Wilde
Originally Posted by Andrey
Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!
Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
Food and fuel prices have gone up in the last couple of years in the US, but for reasons having to do with food and fuel themselves (like the increased demand for corn related to biofuel production) rather than because of the "value of the dollar" as such. Cameras have, um, a pretty limited amount of corn in them, so I'd expect their prices to be little affected by the volatility of specific commodities...
Originally Posted by batwister
Hey, it turns out that the Wayback Machine has KEH's catalog from January 1997!
The pages are PDFs; not all of them are there, but some are. Here are a few representative prices from sixteen years ago. Remember, these are 1997 dollars---multiply by about 1.4 to get current equivalent values.
Canon III rangefinder body $205, 50/1.9 Serenar $89
RB67 body with WLF $265 EX, $179 BGN
4x5 Crown Graphic, Graflok with RF, $235
210/5.6 Symmar-S in Copal 1, $429
M3 bodies, $919-1219 (I don't know what all the variations mean)
50/1 Noctilux $2370
50/2 Summicron collapsible $449 EX, $310 BGN
Nikon F3 body $546 EX, $379 BGN
I can't match all of these from their catalog today, but the Symmar, for instance, would run you $179 in EX condition (and that's for the -SMC version, which I think the one in the old catalog isn't).
Of course, 1997 was before d*g*t*l really took off, and it might be more illuminating to look at prices from 5-10 years ago. (Those should be in the Machine too, but I have to get the dishwasher loaded and get to bed.) Still and all, if you tried to fund your retirement by investing in vintage Leica bodies, you might have lost some ground.
San Diego, CA, USA
The lady of the house has to be a pretty swell sort of person to put up with the annoyance of a photographer.
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Nah. At max it would be a new car for the zeiss lenses I've offloaded a few years ago.
Originally Posted by ntenny