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View Poll Results: My Photographic Gear is worth (replacement value)
Between $500 - $1,000 3512.07%
Between $1,001 - $5,000 15954.83%
Between $5,001 - $10,000 7124.48%
Let's leave it at it is outside the catagories above 258.62%
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10-20-2009, 02:33 PM   #16
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Not really echoing Peter Zach, but perhaps rhyming, I have kept a spreadsheet and invoices / paypal / ebay prints for everything I own. I (unfortunately) know precisely what I have spent for this stuff.

What I DON'T know is what I spent for the stuff I bought and sold - whether I am ahead or behind - so I'm just calling it break-even, plus the benefit of having used the stuff. (I will always know I finaly had a K50/1l.2, for instance).

I'd probaly be happier with a K-7 and the three FA Limiteds as my entire kit.

10-20-2009, 03:05 PM   #17
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I just might squeeze under the $1k mark.

Seems that all my hobbies start to stagnate around $1000 "invested" for some reason...like...once I had $1000 worth of headlight stuff, I quit that hobby. My car's stereo is (now) under $1k but will go back up again come spring. $1k into computers and have only bought cheap stuff for the laptop since I got it.

Weird...
10-20-2009, 03:24 PM   #18
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ryan s Maybe cause you're a cheap Ba$tard? I admire that.
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I'm glad my wife doesn't ask how much I spend on my hobbies.

Unfortunately, when you get involved with DA* and FA Ltd lenses, the bill climbs higher and faster than a Cessna 210.

10-20-2009, 06:20 PM   #20
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QuoteOriginally posted by flyer Quote
I'm glad my wife doesn't ask how much I spend on my hobbies.

Unfortunately, when you get involved with DA* and FA Ltd lenses, the bill climbs higher and faster than a Cessna 210.
Same here - she's just pleased the hobby pays for itself...

But would we ever trade them in for a Cessna?
10-20-2009, 07:47 PM   #21
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Category 1:

I've been lucky, that by buying closeouts and finding deals here, in pawnshops and on ebay I've got a great kit.

K10D, 18-55,55-300,F50 1.7,AF360 Flash, 2 Lowe Bags, filters, extra batteries.

< 750 dollars out of pocket. Any wonder I love pentax?
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QuoteOriginally posted by ryan s Quote
I just might squeeze under the $1k mark.

Seems that all my hobbies start to stagnate around $1000 "invested" for some reason...like...once I had $1000 worth of headlight stuff, I quit that hobby. My car's stereo is (now) under $1k but will go back up again come spring. $1k into computers and have only bought cheap stuff for the laptop since I got it.

Weird...
Mate, that Honda Racing strap is priceless!...



Are we talking Zimbabwian dollars here?
10-20-2009, 08:57 PM   #23
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After careful consideration and the wife will never see this post (I hope) it's the last category. But I've been buying stuff for 35 years. I don't think I have a hobby that I've spent less than 5 grand on. Tropical fish, model railroading, and don't get me started on woodworking tools. And as soon as I get rid of the press in my outside shop that's my new studio/darkroom. So more money. But of course up until recently I made a decent paycheck from my shoots. So it really isn't a hobby.

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over what time period are we talking?

I'd be in the last category but that covers 30 odd years and includes 35mm, MF, LF, darkroom (incl fridge to hold film, chemicals & beer), film, paper and chemical supplies and digital (bought a K7 last week). Never managed to get around to selling anything much, and I've got the old thing that hasn't been used since it was replaced with something 'better'!

Ohh, BTW, this is a relatively cheap hobby, try racing gokarts... that will give your wallet a work out!
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Oh brother, if we're going to add them all up from the start, I couldn't possibly guess a total. 25 years of LBA and GAS. There's been 6x7's PZ1-P's LX's maybe 100 lenses. A full darkroom. I dunno $40K? I think we should just stick to what's in the bag right now.
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Result are about as predicted although I thought two and three would have closer results. As for time frame yeah I should have qualified it that is whatever you own now currently (so buying and selling over the years does not count , not does the fact you make money at it). I dont think any of us want to go back from the begining and add it up although for me I did because my beginning was not very long ago.

The intent of the poll was assume you had all the gear stolen so what would it's replacement value be. eg: if you bought the Pentax FA 600mm f/4 ED[IF] in 1991 just value it in todays dollars

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some paper...

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The cost of replacement would be immensely larger than the cost my gear cost... except if I could find the same gear at the same price in pawn shops or flea markets. That's one of the joys of Pentax.
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in the $ 1000-5000...nearest the latter figure in this grouping. This was all spent since 2007 when I bought my first DSLR...my K10D.

Since then...well...I have a very understanding, generous and accommodating wife .

I bought my first 'good' camera...a Pentax S1a, back in 1968. If I totaled all I have spent in the past 41 years....

But I don't smoke, just occasionally have a beer, don't bet on the ponies...so as a vice...it's not too bad an addiction.
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Counting tripod, monopod, and heads for those (all Manf. models), 2 or 3 camera bags, and CPL, I'm at $600 before even looking at bodies & lenses. If I used the original costs it'd be well over $1000, but replacement costs? I have a K1000, K100D, (my wife's) ME Super, and assorted old/kit glass. SMC-M 50 f/2 (x2), SMC-M 80-200 f/4, SMC-M 135 f/3.5, 18-55 kit lens Mk 1, an old Promaster 19-35 AE/MF, and a Promaster 70-300. Maybe adding up all of those would push it over $100) but I'm not sure...

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