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07-30-2009, 06:17 AM   #1
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What cameras cost in 1976



Back then 47th Street Photo was one of the top dogs - B&H and Adorama were on their way up.

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That was really interesting. Cool to see what gear has depreciated more than others or even gained value over the years.
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That was really interesting. Cool to see what gear has depreciated more than others or even gained value over the years.
trying to look for the Yashica you sold me but couldn't find it

$177.50 for a KX body
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A SMC 85mm F1.8 was $156.50. I would pay that now for one. LOL

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Leica M4 - $700, Summicron 50/2 $237 = $937
Yashica FX-1 silver with f/1.4 $310
Pentax 6x7, Penta prism, 105mm $650
Nikon F2 Photomic $380, 50/1.4 Nikkor $137 = $517
Nikkormat EL chrome $270 + 1.4 = $407
Olympus OM1 with f/1.4 $275
Olympus OM2 with f/1.4 $435
Pentax SPF with 1.8 $210
Pentax ESII w/1.8 $330
K1000 w/2 $165
KX w/1.4 $285
K2 w/1.4 $379
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I look at those prices and think "What deals"! Then I remember that I was only making $4 per hour in 1976. Still though, there were some great values on some very capable hardware.

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inflation calculator says that the $165 K1000 would be $617 today. Interesting to think about what you can get now for the same value.

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Looks like a better investment than a 401K !

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote

Back then 47th Street Photo was one of the top dogs - B&H and Adorama were on their way up.
Along with the top classic camera stores on 32 st. & Broadway, which was still "The Camera Block" back in those days..... Olden's, Camera Barn, & Willoughby's..... all out of business today.

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they at least still exist... and have some interesting used cameras in the store, but not online, it seems.

I'll scan some old Olden's yellow-page ad at some point, back in the day they advertised lots of used equipment mixed with the new.
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OM2 with f/1.4 for $435? A quick google shows that would be about $1700 now. That's pretty middle-of-the-road for modern digital cameras.
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The trick was actually getting it for the advertised price...

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The trick was actually getting it for the advertised price...

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Really? Where the advertised prices lower?
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Back about then I also bought sometimes from Cambridge Photo.

And - - - what would we have done without Spiratone for lenses, accessories, and all sorts of darkroom equiptment!

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The trick was actually getting it for the advertised price...

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Really? Where the advertised prices lower?
Sometimes they would be "sold" out, but more often they would charge extra for items that should have been in the box. They would also sell a camera with a no-name lens rather than the manufacturer's kit. Basically just sort of nickel and dime the price up.

The best thing was to inquire by mail prior to purchase to pin down the details and request an expiration date for the pricing. You would then order and enclose their reply as documentation. I bought a couple of cameras, some lenses, and an enlarger mail order between 1970 and 1985 and had no problems once I documented the terms.

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