Well, so far my two most expensive purchases were a Nikon FM2n kit (24, 50, 105) for about 600$ and a Mamiya C330 TLR (105mm) for about the same price. Of course, I can add more bits and pieces to the kit over time, but in terms of onetime expenses, I would set my limit between 1,000$ and 1,5000$.
That would still be enough to get me a nice Mamiya 6 kit, or maybe a bargain Leica kit, a basic Hasselblad kit, or a Rolleiflex 3.5F in good condition. Which for now is as much as I should care to desire (students loan anyone?).
I would (and have) paid good money for used film cameras and lenses...
In the last few years I've acquired a 1964 Leica M2 ($750) and Mamiya RZ kit ($1500+)...actually by the time I sold off the RZ lenses I didn't want, I ended up getting the camera for free. Also an Ebony 45s ($1500) and Mamiya 7...
I'd do the same tomorrow for a nice Hasselblad and/or Rollei and/or 8x10 setup...
This is a great time to be a buyer of film cameras, esp now that the economy is sinking, a lot of folks may be having a fire sale...
What I'd pay if the budget permitted, and what I'd actually pay are slightly different...
If money and budgets didn't matter, I'd like to try renting a Mamiya 7 kit, and if it worked out, buying one new.
Of course, if I could find a Plaubel Makina 67, or a Medalist converted for 120...
If you can rig up a shutter situation, you are welcome to try out my B&J Grover 8x10. I was just talking about selling it. Not the world's greatest 8x10, but it works, and has a 5x7 back as well (and a 4x5 back). We have spoken before, and we are no more than 10 minutes from each other.
Originally Posted by PVia
If money didn't matter, I'd buy as many cameras as I could get my hands on...
But that's not going to happen, and I have too many cameras than I know what to do with, so I'll spend my money on film, paper, and chemicals and go from there.
My record to date for a single camera system is $45,000. I'm into my 8x10 set up less than $1000. It's entirely relative, and purpose driven.
Jason, if you don't mind me asking "45000" Whoa!? ;>)
I would spend whatever it took to get the camera that would allow me to express conceptual ideas in the best possible way.
As luck would have it, I will be in Tokyo in early January if they have the new Fuji GF folder then it's fate.
Spent 1500 on a F6 two months ago.
And I don't regret it one bit! Worth every cent of the price.
Arriflex SRII 16mm with zoom, primes mags, video tap and accessories. Near state of the art at the time.
Originally Posted by PBrooks