Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 73,616   Posts: 1,622,768   Online: 798
      
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. #1
    Ian Grant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    West Midlands, UK, and Turkey
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    16,685
    Images
    148

    £1.4 ($2.19) million for a production Leica

    The BBC ran a story this evening on the radio about the £1.4 million paid today at auction for a Leica M3D, the record for a production camera higher prices have been paid for prototypes. The D just signifies it was one of 4 supplied to David Douglas Duncan a Life magazine photographer who was also interviewed aged 96 .

    Ian
    Last edited by Ian Grant; 11-26-2012 at 02:08 PM. Click to view previous post history.

  2. #2
    David Lyga's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA USA
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    1,470
    There really is something visceral about cameras, perhaps, which guarantees the future value for some of them (assuming tastes do not change).

    In the 60s, the IBM Selectric typewriter was going for USD 1000. Who, today, would 'pay' more than USD 20? Really, to some, the camera is an extension of the body and a cherished one at that. There can be no other reason for the 'unwarranted' price. - David Lyga

  3. #3
    benjiboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    U.K.
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    7,584
    This takes fetishism, and reliquary to a new level.
    Ben

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    350
    There's a Discworld novel where a character attempts to take over the leadership of Ankh-Morpork (a city state) by wearing the same boots, clothing, even the same ring as the Patrician. Funnily enough none of it makes him the Patrician...
    Matt

  5. #5
    David Lyga's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA USA
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    1,470
    I must state, Ben, that 'reliquary' is a most relevant word here. For some, the new 'God'. - David Lyga

  6. #6

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    336
    Images
    11
    While I'd love to have a Leica someday there is no way, even if I had Bill Gates $$$$ I'd pay that much for a camera....does it really take 10000x better pictures than any of the used cameras we bought for < $100 off the bay?

  7. #7
    Ian Grant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    West Midlands, UK, and Turkey
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    16,685
    Images
    148
    This particularly Leica has a provenance, as one of 4 made for a specific photography, that's important to some collectors.

    It's not quite in the same league as Neil Young playing Hank Williams old guitar


    Ian

  8. #8
    georg16nik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Germany
    Shooter
    35mm RF
    Posts
    810
    Images
    15
    Legendary camera example used by a legendary photographer.
    Very low cost of ownership.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    193
    Money laundering.

  10. #10
    David Lyga's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA USA
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    1,470
    And, Ian, just what is 'provenance' other than an excuse to rip oneself off? There really is a type of religion out there with regard to certain things, whereby reason and rationale go by the wayside.

    A while ago I bought a Canon Canonet (the LARGE one, not the small one) and I defy ANYONE to find a sharper lens (1.7/45). Alas, it lacks 'provenance' and was found in a junk box for $5. But taking it apart and cleaning it thoroughly was interesting. - David Lyga

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast


 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin