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    Quote Originally Posted by Yashicano Alemán View Post
    Ben,

    I could not agree more with you. One of my pals on flickr once compared that 'collector's itch' to an addiction, and I guess he's right. At any rate, it's a prestige thing, and a surrogate thing. In the words of German philosopher Erich Fromm, we're basically trying to replace being with having through this constant craving for more and more and still more...

    One caveat though; I think by buying into different camera systems you can also--by trial and error, as it were--learn a lot, namely, what type of shooter you are and where your individual preferences and strengths might lie. In other words, how do you know what you're really looking for unless you have the opportunity to give things a try?

    Come to think of it, it was sheer GAS, this typical 'must-have' itch, that led me into buying the handful of cameras that I really love working with, e. g., the Kiev 4A (a Ukrainian Contax II rangefinder copy) or, quite recently, the Pentacon Six. When the latter arrived in the mail, a couple of weeks ago, and I unpacked it and opened the viewfinder, I knew immediately, this it it...! (I find myself sort of 'moving back in time' anyway, preferring solid mechanically-operated cameras over gear stuffed with electronic gimmicks, but that's another issue.)

    Then came the hard part, that is, parting from some good cameras which I had that collector's pride of owning yet never really got the hang of. And--hooray!--I actually made it, sold off my minty Yashica Electro 35 GX rangefinder and my medium format Pentax 645 which I knew I would hardly ever use again, and was rewarded by a completely new sense of pride, the pride of being reasonable, for a change.

    And it is some relief to rid yourself of things you don't need (and even get back the money you invested).

    So I've now made a vow to myself (and my wife), saying...

    ...(1) for each of my five favorite cameras I am allowed one--and only one--backup or organ donor
    ...(2) for each new camera I acquire another one must go
    ...(3) every camera I do not use within one year will have to be sold.

    I know this might seem pretty childish to some of you, but I guess camera junkies like me must simply learn to discipline themselves, some way or other...


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    I like " replacing being with having " very much Michael it's very apt. even though I have only bought two cameras in the last 25 years I recently got rid of 2 cameras and two light meters that I haven't used for a long time and I found it strangely liberating I now have five Canon FD 35mm SLR bodys, three of which are F1's, that are all in good working order and a set of lenses, my outfit makes sense to me because all the lenses fit and work correctly on all the bodys, and I doubt very much if I will ever buy another camera.
    Obsessive collecting like any obsessive behaviour Isn't a healthy thing, and in it's most extreme form can become a mental illness, but I admit I'm not qualified to say at what point.
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    I don't expect to use every camera I have. I collect inexpensive cameras that appeal to me. I especially like Smana cameras and use them often.

    I have a Kodak Tourist that my grandmother gave me back around 1977 and I've only put three rolls of film through it since. But I don't see myself selling it.

    Collecting cameras is fun. At least I'm not collecting cats.

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    Hi all - new here!

    This week added this nice Nikon FA to my collection. Really looking forward to whapping a film through it


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    2002 Nikon F5.

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    Sweet Kerik. What's the max f/stop?

    I've wanted one of those ever since I peered through Jamie's that had a 10" f/3.5 Xpres on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerik View Post
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    Graflex 5x7 home portrait with 300mm Heliar
    Hi Kerik,

    How is that BagMag working out for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    Obsessive collecting like any obsessive behaviour Isn't a healthy thing, and in it's most extreme form can become a mental illness, but I admit I'm not qualified to say at what point.
    I still can stop when the fun vanishes.
    But that term GAS has not been invented for nothing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    I still can stop when the fun vanishes.
    But that term GAS has not been invented for nothing...

    I'd stopped but had to re-start as my wife was pinching cameras I wanted to use (in the UK) to put on display in our apartment in Turkey. The upside was I only paid peanuts (typically £2/$3.10) to replace the recent ones, and I think I've already posted about the bargainRollieflex Automat.

    These days I buy at flea markets and camera fairs and only buy when the price is right. Typically a body here @ £2, a lens there at £10 and then I have a camera worth at least £40, or a £2 camera that sells for $70 in the US

    The only vice recently has been the5 or 6 British SLRs I've acquired in the last 6 maybe 9 months (all inexpensive) , I don't mean 35mm all pre-WWII one 6x9 made 1929 the rest are larger formats, but then I specialise in restoring Thornton Pickard shutters and supply shutter curtain material to leading US restorers. Somehow I recieved a Compact Reflex Graflex as well - from Paris (France not one of the many in the US).

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    Canon P that I bought just a week ago. FP4 loaded.
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