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05-05-2009, 05:55 PM   #16
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The same thing happens to food you know. You can get a good deal on Corn-flakes that have expired a couple of years ago. Or - even better - medicine.
I am sure you're reading this in your ZX Spectrum while listening to your 8-track.
A 20 year old camera with working shutter can take picture just as well as the top of time F6/MZ-S film camera. What kind of dumb comparison is that. You are the kind who buys 1000-dollar n90s and sell it to me for 40 bux 5, 10 year later. Hey I got no complain.


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Ok, kidding aside, I would not buy a 5 year old camera that has been used by God-Knows-Who in God-Knows-What-Way. Quite possibly it would end up being a classy paper weight. I'm not against buying used material, just not cameras from unknown sources. I would rather try a second-hand store that offers some warranty. Lenses ,especially manual ones, I don't mind. I have a great technician nearby who can fix most kinds of damage, but I would hesitate buying a hi-tech item like a used DA*60-250 after a couple of years - unless of course it was a ridiculous bargain.
Camera store sells used items on internet nowadays with warrenty.
Notice I said bodies, not lenses. Lenses don't depreciate.

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snip... Lenses don't depreciate.

Don't forget the Canon FD mount....
05-05-2009, 06:50 PM   #18
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Don't forget the Canon FD mount....
Check the top tier FD lenses on ebay and then check this ad.

b&h 85 ad on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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Check the top tier FD lenses on ebay and then check this ad.

b&h 85 ad on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
I don't know the top tire FD glass,

But on my first look I see a 75-200 f4.5 at 114.50 1985 dollars, and the same lens on ebay for $25.00 2009 dollars...

Yup holding their value just fine.

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Or an FD 600 4.5 at 1389.00 1985 dollars VS ebay BIN at 1400.00 2009 dollars

Ok, so they hold their value if you ignore inflation?

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You don't need excellent quality FA or DA lenses to get into the PPG. My first shot was taken with the Sigma 18-50 "kit" lens.
Sure. There are lots of 18-55 kit lens shots in the PPG, also in the Premiere Collection.
05-06-2009, 01:55 AM   #22
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I don't know the top tire FD glass,

But on my first look I see a 75-200 f4.5 at 114.50 1985 dollars, and the same lens on ebay for $25.00 2009 dollars...

Yup holding their value just fine.

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Or an FD 600 4.5 at 1389.00 1985 dollars VS ebay BIN at 1400.00 2009 dollars

Ok, so they hold their value if you ignore inflation?
They validate my point that lenses hold up their value alot better than camera bodies, especially electronic bodies.
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They validate my point that lenses hold up their value alot better than camera bodies, especially electronic bodies.
Your point was that lenses do not depreciate.

My point is that they do. Certainly not as much or as quickly as digital bodies, but they do none the less.

In the two examples the fist lens is reselling for about 10% of the initial cost. The second lens is reselling for 50%.

What cost $100.00 in 1985 costs about $197.00 in 2009.

The Inflation Calculator

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Well...

If my lenses will last even 10 years I will be happy, and I am not worried about value as much as if I will be able to work with these lenses on future bodies

I am about to get the 21mm Ltd and the 70mm Ltd.

Right now with the K20D thats what I need,

but I'm curious for how long this $1000+ will last before pentax will change system , go FF or what not .

that was my dilemma with pentax since day one. at the beginning I thought I will only get FA lenses but then FA lenses are so much more expansive, rare , 2nd hand and so on.

And I can't find a wide auto lens that is also FF .
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Five years from now I will be shooting medium format RAW+JPG+video at 30 frames/second with a camera body smaller than my hand. I will still be the only journalists covering the Cowboys winning the Superbowl with a Pentax.
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