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    No More Collecting For Me!

    Today I got my pics back from the lab. I shot a test roll of Kodak High Definition ISO 400 with my recently purchased Nikon F3HP and an old 50mm 1.8 lens. I was not expecting anything spectacular, but boy was I wrong! The colors, sharpness, tones, and overall quality just blew me away. I have recently been using Nikon DSLR cameras and was somewhat happy with the results after some PS work, but the images straight out of the camera from my F3HP are light years ahead in terms of resolution and tonal range. So, I have decided to stop collecting film equipment for the sake of collecting and shoot as much film as possible. After all, what is the purpose of collecting old equipment anyway? To carefully hold on to it for several years and sell it to someone else at a higher price? In the meantime, imagine how many outstanding images are not being taken just because you want to maintain that "mint" condition on that old F2 or FTN? Now where did I put that old 105mm 2.5...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snegron
    ...So, I have decided to stop collecting film equipment ...
    No one on this forum will believe you :rolleyes:


    Quote Originally Posted by snegron
    After all, what is the purpose of collecting old equipment anyway?
    There will be a day when you decide that only one camera is not enough for a grown man (read: boy)

    Have fun!

    G

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    Quote Originally Posted by snegron
    After all, what is the purpose of collecting old equipment anyway?
    The only good reason to collect anything is aesthetics. And old cameras are often lovely.

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    They are safer not cheaper than drugs. Besides, I use all my gear.

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    "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you might just miss it."
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    Quote Originally Posted by snegron
    After all, what is the purpose of collecting old equipment anyway?
    I primarily shoot with a Speed Graphic, and often abuse it quite well, so in my world, there is a simple term for collecting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by argus
    No one on this forum will believe you :rolleyes:




    There will be a day when you decide that only one camera is not enough for a grown man (read: boy)

    Have fun!

    G

    After the next mint FTN, I'll stop, I promise...

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    I am NOT a collector. I NEED all of these cameras. Now, quick, someone help me convince my wife.

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    I agree!

    I would never "collect" cameras -I "acquire" them!

    I use all of my cameras. I'm not like those Japanese collectors who shrink wrap them and put them in the deep freeze. And only fondle them once a decade!

    Besides, I need that room in the deep freeze to store my film.

    Buy cameras and shoot the heck out of them - that's what they're for gosh dangit!

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    I have been collecting them for years and the one criteria that I have is that the cameras must still be able to take pictures.

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    I don't collect, I accumulate. I use them all--except for a couple of sentimental favorites I wore out years ago.

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