If I can afford it and I think I'll use it (or even if I don't) then the sky's the limit on how much I'll spend. Realistically with my current income I'm looking more to sell a camera or two than to buy any, but if I really wanted one and could do a month or two without some of the minor luxuries I indulge in I'd spend $300-400.
The most I have ever spent was £500 ($1000) for a mint RB67 with two backs and three lenses. I don't think I will spend that much again unless I get tempted by the Fuji 6x7 folder.
The last camera I bought was a Kodak Retina Reflex III with Schneider f1.9 50mm lense for £20 ($40). That's more my sort of price.
[QUOTE=david b;699134... how much would you spend on a film camera?[/QUOTE]
As much as I could afford -- I dream of a 7"x17", but must settle for my 8x10 (and an occasional 4x10 to satisfy the panoramic urge.)
But I have been having great fun lately with my newest camera - an old Diana camera I bought for 75 cents (marked down from a dollar) at a local thrift store (opportunity shop).
Hard to say, as I don't really need anything right now. An F6 would be nice, but I can't really justify the expense in terms of the use it would get.
I'd consider more lenses for my Hasselblad or Rollei 6003, but they are not critically needed.
How much I would spend would depend on how much I wanted the camera and how useful it would be for me.
If for instance Hasselblad made a new medium format XPAN rangefinder that shot 6x6 and 6x9, switchable on the same roll, some nice lenses in the lengths I like.
I would probably spend usd$3,000 on a body / standard lens (part financed by selling other gear)
Well, I have spent over 2.500 USD on a Leica M7 - this includes the VF upgrade and the elimination of the 75mm framelines. I feel this camera is expensive, but very reliable and sturdy, and for the time being I do not see a digital camera of the same kind on the horizon capable of challenging B&W film performance, which is what counts for me. An SLR equivalent of this - a Nikon FM3A, has cost me much less, so have the Hasselblad and Rolleiflex. In MF the bargains are really incredible.
$14.00 Spotmatic ll w/50 f2
He meant film camera, not film camera ...
Originally Posted by JBrunner
Originally Posted by John Koehrer
I have just ( a month ago) spent 2300$ on a bran new Hassy 501CM 80CFE and A12 back.... The outfit came from freestyle
I am close to have payed it back with contracts... Seriously, I am totally into film and don't mind paying high price for gear that I will use for many years to come. What Kind of dSLR you get for 2300$ and will it be good in 5 years.... At least the Hassy can be fitted with a di*ital back if needed I mean if film really dies next year like salespersons keep telling me since 2005.
And honestly, if I manage to get enough money for a bran new Leica MP + 50mm Summicron. I will buy it witout any second thought