Be happy its just cameras . I had my dad's pro lab to grow up in. I would like to have a full pro lab .
My toys take up space. Or how about Ron M. he would like a R&D film coating plant only a mile long.
People are forever confusing 'cost' with 'value'. Regardless of cost, if you place little or no value in an item then sell it. Some people need a price-tag to understand value. What's the word for those people?
Originally Posted by ChristopherCoy
Well, us collectors, by definition, acquire stuff we don't use, and I have a lot -- several hundreds of cameras many of which work but aren't really cameras you want to try to use. You COULD, but why, when there's a Leica sitting right there?
Originally Posted by ChristopherCoy
At times I have gotten rid of things -- gave away a dozen or so movie cameras at a camera show because they were creating a great deal of inattention at $5 each but the little kids loved them, sold the Polaroid SX 70s to some guy in Korea who paid more in shipping than he did for the cameras, and got rid of the Kodak Touristers because they were just butt-ugly.
Some I give to my kids who use them for decoration and to test their wives' patience.
But I keep the rest because they're neat, or wouldn't bring even $5 each and haven't the heart to toss.
And acquiring, and buying and selling, over the years has allowed me to acquire some nice leicas and rolleiflexes .... which are a joy to use.
Somewhere in the closet, I have a box with two 35mm kits that I will probably not use ever again, and will probably never sell. One is an original Asahi Pentax Spotmatic w/ 50 mm f/1.4 Super Takumar and the other is a very well used Pentax KX. There are a whole bunch of cool pentax lenes and accessories in there too. This stuff is far more valuable to me than the price it might fetch in the used market.
I've also got a nice Nikon kit around here somewhere...it is my user outfit...that rarely gets used. I wish there were someplace, convenient and reasonably priced to get a roll of those tiny negs developed...sigh.
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I had a large Canon FD body collection. Last year it struck me that I was only using the T90s, so purged most of the rest. I can't, however, bring myself to part with the F1 or New F1.
I have two drawers full of Minolta gear I no longer use, but can't part with. The XD-11 is such a sweet camera.
Aaaaaand I have a pile of EOS gear, multiple copies of several bodies. Hey, you never know when one will break down...
I figure as long as I'm not tripping over the stuff, it can stay.
Right now in Spain they're holding the Running of the Bulls,
followed by the Soiling of the Pants, and the Burying of the Idiots.
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A Nikon FM makes a great backup for an F100. It is an ideal candidate for a camera that can sit happily unused for a long time, always ready to fill in when the batteries in your other cameras have died.
Just store it without batteries, and exercise it a little every few months.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
I do use all of my equipment, but some as not as much as I would like to.
My rule of thumb on this is simple. If I didn't have it and I had a chance to buy it at the price I would get by selling it, would I buy it? If the answer is yes then keep it. If it is no then sell it.
You could also do the coin flip trick. Heads-sell, tails-keep. When the coin is in the air you will know whether to sell it or keep it. You won't need to see it land....
You're gonna hafta get a girlfriend
Originally Posted by Jeff Kubach
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.
You've summed up some of my thoughts. Cameras (or any item of equipment) have more value than simply their intended purpose. As an engineer, I have an appreciation of the construction and design of some cameras that I rarely or never use. Like werewolves, they tend to emerge late at night when everyone else is in bed, and I marvel at the silky smooth shutter, the amazing lack of backlash in the focussing or the ingenuity of the metering system......
Originally Posted by cliveh
Dave (better not use my real name here!)