It's madness. I personally cannot stand the idea of a camera having been made and it not being used. Think of all those lost photographs!
If someone collects cameras and can afford to spend $49k on a rare one to add to their collection, then why shouldn't they? I suspect that they can probably afford a few dollars more to spend on one to use (and some more dollars to build a display case to keep the historically important one in good condition).
It's only marginally better than my IIIA :D OK a BIG margin :) But not $48,700 more . . . .
We call that "couch money". :D
Why does the serial number end in #2 ? Was #1` a prototype?
I'd buy it, but I want two of everything... :D
This kind of rot brings out the bolshevik in me. It really does.
Hey, this one is Just 12.000$ cheaper:
But, still too expensive for me. And It's for collectors, collectors don't shoot as we do.