I'm pissed that I thought of it first but didn't do it!
Though I never would have thought of charging that kind of money..
I'd been thinking about this idea too, damn them.
I think they look great and if they revitalise a camera and it goes to a good home, rather than locked up in some cupboard in bits, then that's ok, isn't it? If the business model works, hats off to them. I'd be pretty stoked if someone bought me one of these as a present.
I certainly woodn't (did you see what I did there?) buy one myself though. The mark-up is ridiculous, but it's no different to me buying a VW Beetle, de-chroming it, tinting the windows, adding a nice pastel two-pack paint job and some tear-drop rear lights, and selling it for more that it's worth. Up until the 80s you could pick up a Beetle for next to nothing, until enthusiasts started pimping them up.
I had to register just to add my two cents... I actually did an Argus C3 in wood covering some years back. Wish I'd known it was worth nearly two grand...I would have started making them like crazy! Though perhaps it is not too late... Here's the one I did: http://www.megley.com/argus/wood.html Wesley (ps - sorry - not sure why my line breaks are disappearing and making my message one ugly blob of text...I tried to make it look nice!)
For a real challenge; when I have a few days with nothing to do, I think I will try to veneer my F4. I think making the grain match each segment will be the real B*****d. Just trying to decide which wood to choose. No! I will not provide updates on progress.
Why are there no speaker jacks on a stereo camera?
you guys are being kinda harsh -- a full cla on any camera costs about $125-$175 or so and their site seems to claim a more extensive job than that -- plus hand-fitting a veneer covering, plus the snob mark up -- what the heck, if they can make money at it, let them, it's supporting film use.