Yahica TLR is about the cheapest option I see to get into "professionaly looking" medium format, about 200-300 USD, it comes with at least semi-decent lens, I'd need a wide angle gizmo for it. I could probably afford an used Mamyia or Kiev 88 in a year or so, but this hardware needs repairs way often, than I could afford. Not sure about other brands, I know only prices with those. My friend bought Mamyia 645 in working condition, borked it in a weekend or so, serviced it, got it back, fired once, borked, and serviced it again. The service was about as much, as a body itself.
Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour
We're not talking about craftsmanship here, but market needs, this is why the thread is here. My question was if it's reasonable to organize a workshop around 35mm gear. People's answers varied from selling lemonade (which was brilliant) to getting into LF (which sounds most reasonable). I assume I'll have the set of skills to start with.
I live in Poland. Despite being 31, I'm still a student. I can earn as much as 200 "dollies"/month (I guess we're talking USD), still have to pay for food, trains, flat, electricity, laundry, water, films, prints etc. Prices are about the same all over the world (shipping to Australia maybe changes something, but you guys have bigger market anyways). I can't work more and be able to study as hard, as I should - in fact it's too much work already. No point trying, I've lost a year this way, and there's no reason to waste another. I can work for more cash/hour, which I'm trying to do. Polish wages are funny, but this is how neocolonialism looks like, I'm either providing cheap labor here, cheap labor elsewhere, or I'm being labeled with "unemployed troll" and left to starve. I'm daring to break out of this stupid circle, just need to get some more experience with what I do (hence I troll the forum).
I can sell something to buy something else, or borrow some gear. Borrowing makes possible to eat cookie and have cookie. I've sold Pentacon Six that needed some service, it was with TTL prism (I hate both the camera and the prism with passion), and I still can borrow one, in working condition. I could buy lighter tripod this way, and it was something left, so I got Moskva. Eat two cookies, have three. I won't haul any Pentacon up a hill, regardless if mine or borrowed, it's too heavy to take it with me.
How much MF "click" costs? 1-2 USD is my estimation, for a color film, development and my own scanning. How much do you think I can afford? If I write "it's too much", well, maybe for some odd guy somewhere "up there" it somehow is. I'd be happy to live a bit different life, really. I'm during fixing my stuff, and I think I'll finally do what I want, that's hiking and photography full time or after hours, even if I got myself into some impassable swamp that will take years to get out from.
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