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  1. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    ...the most expensive camera you ever bought and why did you buy it?

    Yeah, another worthless thread but I'm curious. ;)

    I'll start:

    -the Hasselblad 500ELM (with lens, WLF and back)
    -because I've always dreamt of owning one


    There!:lmao:

    Your turn...
     
  2. mysteryscribe

    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    In todays dollars the kowa 6 when new. I bought it for the leaf shutter built into the lenses. I forgot to figure in the cost of additional lenses. The secondary lenses cost more than the camera with standard lens.
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    - Pentax MZ-S. It was a pretty expensive SLR when first released (body alone $799) and I added lots of rooty-kazooty Pentax glass to make it a hideous expense. :mrgreen:

    - Why? Despite all the cool bells and whistles, it converts to fully manual, and I took all my photo classes with it and learned on it, and took it everywhere. I still love it, though I shoot more MF these days. It's a rockin' little 35mm system I have there. :heart:

    Good thread, Mitica! :)
     
  4. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Other that my Canon 1D MIIn and lenses it would be my Hasselblad. Unlucky I bought it about a year before the prices dope 40%-50%. Why did I buy it? It is one of the four cameras on my list to own one day. I have the Hassy & Rollei still need to get the Nikonos & Leica

    Hasselblad 500cm (with 80mm lens, WLF and 220 back)
    Add on 120 back & 60mm lens
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    When i first started collecting cameras (I was pretty young), everything I purchased was around the 50-150 dollar mark... I had a focus on early Asahi/Pentax/Takumar stuff.

    that was history...

    I then moved to a bit more expensive items such as my Pentax 67 and Pentax 645 systems...

    then that was history...

    I then moved on to Canon EOS stuff.... with a nice mix of primes and zooms (L and non-L) not exactly collectors stuff but so very enjoyable in their own right.

    Once again.. history..

    Then all notions of the young kid inside taking delivery on a expensive sports car flew out the window when I got a Leica. It started with an M3 with a 35 and 50mm summicron from the same era. It then progresed to my most expensive ( and will be for a long time) purchase; a mint Leica M6 Titanium with a 50mm f1 Noctilux.

    Why? Its a rangefinder, a fast lens, and a very nice "look" captured on film. Absolutely no regrets....
     
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    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Probably the camera in my avatar - a Cambo Ultima 4X5.
     
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    Don Simon TPF Noob!

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    Honestly, my new Pentax DSLR. Cost twice as much as any other camera I've bought.

    I'm almost ashamed to admit this. Partly because I've never spent so much money on a camera body before, and partly because as great as it is, I get the nagging feeling I should have spent it on a really nice film body instead - maybe a Pentax LX or the MZ-S like Terri has, a Minolta Dynax 7, Nikon F3HP... and thats before I even consider the medium format systems I could have bought into...

    Realistically I know I made the right choice... but the voice of the gear fetishist in my head tells me that no digital camera is as classy as a good film one. Hmm, now that voice is trying to calculate how many meals I would have to miss to cover the cost of an LX and a Limited lens...

    So, any advice on successful bank robbery? :D
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yes - whatever happens, don't get caught. :lol:

    It's hard for me to say anything bad about that MZ-S, ZaphodB. It's not a cheap camera so when beginners are asking for recommendations I am hard pressed to offer it up as a realistic choice, even second-hand. It was considered their "flagship" SLR when it was introduced, and it's been flawless in performance, so easy to use, plus the glass is superb - I know I made a great choice, if maybe not the cheapest one. If you start reading up on it, it can make you drool! ;)

    So far, yes, as a whole it's been my most expensive camera outfit to date. My Mamiya 645 would have beaten it out just a few years ago. Thank goodness digital is around - it makes great MF cameras so affordable. :mrgreen: I have my eyes on a 4x5 next. I aim to be well outfitted.
     
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    santino TPF Noob!

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    my Hasselbald 500CM with 80mm CF Planar and A12+A16 backs.
     
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    santino TPF Noob!

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    btw. there is a problem: I don't use my Hassy much (I just have one lens!). My pentacon is a set of 4 lenses and I use it much more often than the Hassy (besides 35mm of course). As mentioned above it wasn't cheap and I don't like it to lay around but it would be a sin to give it away. any advice? :(
     
  11. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If you decide to give it away... ;) I want it... :drool:

    Hehe...

    Well, there's the Ebay option or you can try to trade it together with the Hassy for something else.
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    I'll arm-wrestle you for it!:lol:
     

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