there are all sorts of threads here on apug about
what is the latest RF equipment, whats the latest 35mm and LF and darkroom yadda-yadda-yadda ...
what's the most expensive piece of photo equipment you have bought.
you can tell us the price if you want, or just type the name ... and then
the best deal so they sort of cancel eachother out :)
i bought a toho 5x7 to 4x5 adapter board, probably the most expensive thing i have ever bought
it took 3 months to ship and the price was hefty ... but around the same time i bought 2000 sheets of 5x7 tri x for 20$ :)
so im even-steven
Most expensive: The RHDesigns Stop Clock Pro and the 8 foot Delta1 sink. Both new and retail.
Best deal: The entire darkroom of a converted to digital local pro - including Beseler 4x5, 4 Schneider lenses, sink, safelights, tanks, trays, timers, chems, paper and a partridge in a pear tree - for $200.
Most expensive camera item?
The Fujifilm GF670 folder, plus accessories.
A reward for completing 2 years of tough software development skill set upgrades.
Call it about USD $2,000, or so, after shipping.
The best camera deal?
Any of the lost cameras I found while working at Disneyland many decades ago.
Took 'em to Lost and Found, waited six months, if unclaimed, they were mine!
An infinite return on investment.
Most expensive darkroom item?
A tie between the Hass Intellifaucet K250 and the Heiland TRD2/02 densitometer.
The K250 is easily the best single darkroom item I have ever purchased!
Each around USD $1,100 at the time, after all was said and done.
The best darkroom deal?
Probably the fully water-jacketed, 4-tank SS 8x10 Arkay sheet film processing line.
A little bit of Naval Jelly (phosphoric acid) clean-up and it looked brand new.
I'm currently converting it into a DIY gaseous burst system.
Original, pre-conversion cost was USD $85, as I recall.
Hasselblad 503cxi with back and 80mm = around 2k in 1998 or so.
Was given a Beseler 45MX with three lenses as well as a barrel lens in 2007 (more odds and ends, too). All in great shape.
Not sure if this is my most expensive, but it is a Super Graphic kit for about $300
Best deal was a whole darkroom with a Durst 4x5 enlarger, a Durst 6x6 enlarger, tons of Durst stuff, lots of Jobo stuff with a CPP-2, a whole lot of darkroom gear, 12 8x10 and 20 4x5 new in the box film holders; I think the list could go on for a few more lines and the whole lot was free.
Looks like the darkroom stuff are the best deals and so it was with me,Craigslist listed a Sanders LPL 4550XLG with VCCE and complete darkroom to boot all for $275.
The most expensive purchase was my Hasselblad 500CM I bought new in 1978 for what I thought was a lot of money, still use it today.
The most expensive: my first APUG membership (indirectly).
The best deal: my APUG membership
I just installed one in my darkroom and it's awesome. Seeing those valves rotate is a trip. I've never had a thermostatic regulator in my darkroom, so it's like having a full time assistant to mix my water.
Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick
Absolutely agree, Barry. Aren't they amazing?
Originally Posted by Barry S
When I was contructing this latest darkroom I charted the cold water temperature once every two weeks for a full year, just to be certain I was below 68F for enough weeks to make the purchase worthwhile. Turns out my highest low came on August 11th and peaked at 66.9F. The following year it was coincidently the same (but on a slightly different date) and to my amazement even with only a 1.4F differential the unit had no problem whatsoever supplying a rock-steady 68F.
Although not really necessary, I baby mine in only two respects. First, I filter both the hot and cold lines down to 1-micron. Cartridges are cheap, and I figure it keeps pretty much ALL harmful grit out of those solenoid-driven valves. And second, I routinely purge all residual water pressure from both sides of the valves at the end of each darkroom session. That certainly can't hurt, and it might just help protect the seals over time.
I talked to Dave Hass personally over the telephone during my purchase and configuration cycle in 2003. He was pretty darned proud of these units. Ten years later and mine hasn't skipped a single beat.
Someone once wrote that if you are going to build a photo darkroom, definitely give up something else in order to get one of these. Best darkroom equipment advice I ever got.