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    Out-of-date equipment, anyone?

    It occurred to me recently that I have only out-of-date photo equipment.

    Not only do I not own any of the currently fashionable camera phones or DSLR's, the only cameras I own that are still being made are a Holga and a Zero Image pinhole camera.

    Oh, I have perfectly fine equipment that I use regularly--a couple of Leicas, 3 Canon EOS's(es?), a Mamiya C330 and a couple of Pentax 645's. But none of them are current models. Looking over the newer camera models, I really don't see any features I find worth the expense. The last four cameras I bought were used, discontinued models.

    Other than autofocus, multi-pattern metering and various autoexposure programs, there's little to distinguish the new stuff from the cameras of 30 years ago. Since none of these features are very important to me, improvements in their performance are not attractive to me.

    Okay, which of you out there must have the newest camera models and which of you are as anachronistic as I am?

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    As long as it works, and fits my budget (which is very slim) I'm happy!

    I can make images as good with my crummy cameras
    Mama took my APX away.....

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    Let me put it this way. Most of my stuff was made by companies that haven't exist for years. Other then my Pentax,Kiev and Shen hao bodies all the companies are either dead or out of the camera making business.

    OTOH I do have cameras with things like TTL flash and even motors-) All of them are at 20+ years old.

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    I don't know what to say. We have one digital camera, but apparently that model is already so old, that it could show up on a photography fair dealing with antique stuff...

    but surely out there must be some newer model camera that we'd like...haven't found it yet though.

    If we'd had the money, we would probably design one ourselves that fits our wants and have SKG or other company make one. But that will never happen, I fear.

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    I guess I have a few LF lenses that are in current production--purchased used, though.

    The only digital camera I own is a Nikon CP 990--_Time_ magazine's "Machine of the Year" for 2000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Shively
    It occurred to me recently that I have only out-of-date photo equipment.
    I had been considering buying an autofocus SLR. Last year my wife wanted a DSLR, so I thought I'd get the same brand in a film body and we'd share lenses. She ended up buying an EVF, rather than an DSLR, so I bought a Maxxum that's probably about 10 years old.

    I also have a Fuji GS645 (80s, early 90s ?) Mamiya c220 (bought used in 1970), 2 Kowa Sixes (70s?) 3 Spotmatics (60s) 4 SRT's (60s) a Nikkormat and who knows what else. I really need to take inventory some day

    Bottom line: it's all got some miles on it. I never buy new. Why? I've accumulated a lot of stuff over 35 years because it was all cheap!!!

    I've even used some out of date film ...

    Cheers y'all

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    My most recent aquisition is a 1930's 6x9 cm Voigtlander Bessa II (and I've been agonizing about sending David G a PM about his "modern" Bessa II).

    I few days prior to the Bessa came my (brand new) Docter 240mm Germinar W...
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    Most of my stuff is 10 - 15 years old. I especially love my Nikon F4 to bits - it has real dials and knobs, and not millions of menus to go through. I bought it in '90, and it still works like a dream.

    The photo industry has been trying to revive the market for years (just think of all the different formats like pocket cameras and APS) - but as you said initially, most 'improvements' were marginal and really did not add a lot to the picture quality and the way pictures were taken (does anyone here REALLY REALLY need a motor in his camera?). No wonder that digital is pushed so massively - this is what the industry has been waiting for.

    Like David, I bought most of my equipment used. I have quite a Contax collection, and I would not have had the money to buy that equipment new....the nice thing is, you buy a 20 year old Contax, and it looks and works as new!

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    My current "oldest" camera is a Korona Pictorial View that I finished restoring a few months ago. My newest camera is a DSLR that I wish I'd not spent the money on. Most of my equipment is older than I am (i.e., pre-1960), although I do have a Nikon FE2 (one of the few things that I actually purchased new) and a Fuji GA645.

    But every one of these cameras and all of their attendant accessories (lenses, filters, tipods, etc.) are far from "Out of date", as I can use every one to make photographs. Each is useful to me for a different reason (with the exception of the DSLR, which I've held on to because my nephew is majoring in Photography at school and it's useful to him for certain classes).

    I've tried not to be a collector of equipment, but given that I sometimes find things that I want to do that are more easily done with something I don't own, I've found over the years that a camera or two will enter my life with each passing year. I've noted that I'm generally buying more old equipment as time goes on ("old" in this case meaning pre-1950 to me)...and I'm finding much more satisfaction in using equipment that doesn't make any assumptions for me or try to outsmart me.

    I sense that I'll become more of a Luddite as I age...but at least I'll be a happy Luddite.
    Film is cheap. Opportunities are priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Shively

    Okay, which of you out there must have the newest camera models and which of you are as anachronistic as I am?

    All of my LF cameras are older than me. Two lenses are older than I am, and I did buy one new low end lens when I got my first view camera. The rest of my cameras are no longer in production.

    There is no way I can afford new stuff.

    And no I do not own a digital camera. I like to think I am waling the opposite direction-Away from technology. Pretty soon I'll be making cave paintings.
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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