Cost of LF books on Amazon sky rocket. Why?
I bought Steve Simmons book on using the View Camera and Jack Dykinga's book on LF Photography just a couple years ago. I don't remember exactly what I paid for them, but the receipt is probably in the books as I usually keep those. Anyway, I know it was in the $18-$25 dollar range each. Now those books are selling on Amazon for nearly $100. I don't understand why books are shooting up so much. Are these discontinued and there is such a high demand for LF books that the law of supply and demand is calling for such prices? If they are in such demand, why are they not being published? I'm thinking that as much as I would like to keep these as I hope maybe someday to get into LF photography, I could buy a lot of stuff if I sold these on ebay. Any one out there know something I don't? Thank you. Ric.
I thought these were new prices...
I thought these were new prices but maybe not. I would think the authors of these books and others would not like to see their books listed at $100 as that would discourage buyers. There are other books listed on Amazon for the person new to LF and they are selling in the $18 range. If Simmon's and Dykinga's books are out of print, well then perhaps they are worth that, but I would hit the local librarys before forking over that much coin. I wonder how LF books are selling these days. With MF systems going so cheap, it must be a hard sell. I had to sell the RB67 due to a lack of money, and after seeing the difference between 35mm and a 6X7, I'm thinking that when and if my ship comes in, I will look at LF. Otherwise I would sell the books I have. It is funny that you can hardly buy a new MF camera, but there must be 5-7 LF camera makers still going strong. I guess they will be until someone comes out with a 450 megapixel digital camera. Ric.