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Tuolumne
08-06-2007, 09:14
Here we go again. How much have you spent on photo equipment of any kind in the past 10 years? This includes dark room equipment, cameras, lenses, lights, meters, filters, etc.

/T

NIKON KIU
08-06-2007, 09:30
I was thinking about this very same subject last night!

Kiu

Thea
08-06-2007, 09:42
I dont even want to guess that one!!
More than I would like my other half to know about!!

mike goldberg
08-06-2007, 09:43
Really now, I didn't keep a record...

If I had kept a record, I might not have spent that much :D
Mike

erikhaugsby
08-06-2007, 09:45
Not quite $10k, though definitely more than $5k.

:eek:

vha
08-06-2007, 09:58
A scary question, think i put the amount at the vote too low . .
Have a vague idea that I one year spend 5k usd on super8 and 16mm film and gear, and that was in 98 Iīll think, canīt believe I have improved since then ;)

You buy some and sell some, have a trade going on soon, which gives me 2800 usd,
Quite sure they would be used for rent and food, unless I find a 1500 dollar Noctilux :D


vha

Finder
08-06-2007, 10:15
You expect me to leave a document of my spending that my wife can find with a simple web search????

oftheherd
08-06-2007, 10:40
You expect me to leave a document of my spending that my wife can find with a simple web search????

Which probably explains why this thread isn't moving very fast. :D :D

Spider67
08-06-2007, 11:42
1000 - 5000$ is merciful!
Even with 4999$ I can still say to myself "well I am not in the highest category!"

chris000
08-06-2007, 11:43
Well I voted $5000 - 10,000 but I'm converting from pounds sterling and with the current state of the dollar I might have to return soon and revise that! ;)

back alley
08-06-2007, 12:10
i have no idea...and i like it that way ;)

DavidH
08-06-2007, 12:15
25k+ and then some...

Good grief!

HuubL
08-06-2007, 12:20
a couple of oldies. Can't be more then a couple of grants :)

markinlondon
08-06-2007, 13:45
Who's counting, it's not like I can write it off against tax or anything?? :cool:

Chris101
08-06-2007, 13:51
I dunno! 25K seems about right.

Al Patterson
08-06-2007, 15:13
I won't answer as it would be too easy to find my house and steal all my equipment.

Actaully, since I buy more used stuff than new stuff, my total is one of the lower ones...

x-ray
08-06-2007, 15:44
Becaue it's a business I spend about $40,000 per year.

kshapero
08-06-2007, 15:46
Isn't it funny dear that someone at RFF would ask this question. Of course I checked off $100- $1000, dear. I know I told you only $75 over the last ten years, but they did not give me that option. You understand sweetheart. Now can I get the M8 and the three Leica lenses? I think the clerk said $9995. I guess that would put it over $100, but not that much.

hopelion
08-06-2007, 16:38
i have spend last year $ 372.-!!! I`m not a rich man.

BillBlackwell
08-06-2007, 19:48
I refuse to testify on the grounds that I might incriminate myself...

landsknechte
08-06-2007, 20:15
Just shift the curve one response over to the right, and the results should be closer to reality...

mfunnell
08-06-2007, 21:37
Low north of $10K. But its all concentrated in the last three years. I blame it all on digital, and on film RFs. Which is fair, because that's where all the money went. 'Till then (early 2004), the remaining 7 years had me spend only on film and developing. My XA2, OM-20 and OM-4T kept me fine (though I wasn't taking all that many photos). And I'd had that gear for considerably longer than 7 years!

And I'm still not done. I need a new printer. But after that, I'm done. DONE, I tell you. Done. Except for the "need" that will arise to update the dSLR. And there are a couple of lenses I lust after. I still haven't found the right pocket-sized film camera (though I have enough of 'em). There are fixed-lens RFs I haven't tried yet. An MP is a really nice camera. Medium format looms, if the shop can fix the Mamiya..... What might happen with digital RFs in the next few years?

Yeah. I'm done.

...Mike

08-06-2007, 22:57
Still paying 9% on the card for mine, plus I just developed 34 rolls with cd scans. The question is: will the value of the discontinued XPan II increase faster than 9%?

Igor.Burshteyn
08-09-2007, 00:24
oh... I thought I am pretty conservative with regard to spending on gear - but still, I spent ~$2000 last 5 years. Some of $$ are recoverable though - if I sell OM4ti, 16mm fisheye, 18mm and tamron 300mm f2.8. But I don't :>

Marc-A.
08-09-2007, 02:05
Too much ...

Never Satisfied
08-09-2007, 02:55
I think my last divorce cost me less!

nevin
08-16-2007, 20:01
I dont even want to guess that one!!
More than I would like my other half to know about!!

That's right.... ;-) I recall when I purchase a Contax lens from a nice fellow....only at that moment his wife ever knows the price of those stuffs.....and shocked.

I've checked my dry cabinet and found that I have spent over 25K already....damn...:eek:

eric
08-16-2007, 21:07
Did my wife call you to spy on me?

Tuolumne
08-17-2007, 10:26
Would the three people, if you are real, who claim to have spent only $100 - $1000 in the past 10 years on photo equipment please identify yourselves so you can counsel the rest of us when we have GAS attacks!

/T

Zathras
08-17-2007, 11:15
None Of Yer Business

Chriscrawfordphoto
09-02-2007, 12:09
Why do people get so silly about this? If you can't afford it, then don't buy it and if you can afford it then buy it, use it, and don't whine. And all the men here scared of what your wife would say if she knew how much you spend...ugh. If you can afford it and your wife is a b-tch about it, then find one who isn't, and if you're hiding your spending from her because you can't afford it then shame on you. My fiance (who I live with so we're basically married) doesn't care how much I spend on photography because I spend my money, not hers, and I still pay my bills. Likewise I don't tell her she can't spend all her money on music and movies (her inerests...being entertained).

I have spent about $20,000. Mostly because I am a commercial photographer as well as a fine artist so I have had to buy equipment for work that I wouldn't have bought or needed if I was a hobbyist or even just a professional fine artist. For my fine art stuff, I use my Mamiya 645 super and my OM-4T that I got in high school 16 years ago. I have bought a couple cheap used lenses for these but most of my purchases have been digital stuff and studio equipment for my paying work.

bigdog
09-27-2007, 15:48
If I include dedicated photo printer, film scanner, tripod, camera bags, filters etc. then I am surely bumped up to the bottom half of the 5-10k grouping...yikes!

jack palmer
09-27-2007, 15:57
Why do people get so silly about this? If you can't afford it, then don't buy it and if you can afford it then buy it, use it, and don't whine. And all the men here scared of what your wife would say if she knew how much you spend...ugh. If you can afford it and your wife is a b-tch about it, then find one who isn't, and if you're hiding your spending from her because you can't afford it then shame on you. My fiance (who I live with so we're basically married) doesn't care how much I spend on photography because I spend my money, not hers, and I still pay my bills. Likewise I don't tell her she can't spend all her money on music and movies (her inerests...being entertained).

I have spent about $20,000. Mostly because I am a commercial photographer as well as a fine artist so I have had to buy equipment for work that I wouldn't have bought or needed if I was a hobbyist or even just a professional fine artist. For my fine art stuff, I use my Mamiya 645 super and my OM-4T that I got in high school 16 years ago. I have bought a couple cheap used lenses for these but most of my purchases have been digital stuff and studio equipment for my paying


It's always nice to hear from someone who has all the answers to life.

MartinP
09-27-2007, 16:48
Is the total for oneself ? Or for a business ? For a business, much of the cost is written off as a necessary expense so doesn't have quite the same effect.

I was still a little surprised that I have spent over $1000 (equivalent) personally. That was bumped up by traditional consumeables, a digi p+s, several FSU's and a couple of spare bodies for my ancient Contax slr stuff (because I realised my single 139Q wasn't going to last forever). Most of the core gear for the darkroom, and photo-stuff in general, is over fifteen years old, so was outside of the poll period.

LeicaTom
09-27-2007, 19:03
The past 10 years have been slow ;)
(I do it all for ME now)
I`m in the $10k to $15k bracket.......

......now if you would have said in the past 25 years I`d say take that times 2 or almost 3 that was back in the late 80`s and early 90`s when I was a hardcore collector/seller and still in the Army and the DM to $$$ was almost 4 to 1, I bought and sold 2 or 3 Leica`s every week

Tom

DrLeoB
09-27-2007, 21:15
I second Tom's statement, and would also like to point out that if you buy one GOOD DSLR, one Good RF and a Good P&S, you've already put yourself in the 5-10k bracket.

For me the camera is a collection activity, a hobby, and work. Can't ask for better return on investment...

kalokeri
09-28-2007, 06:19
I donīt know and I donīt want to know. But I donīt regret a single Mark or Euro. It takes a long time of thinking about it before I buy and I never spent money I donīt have or do need for other things. Iīm lucky, I know.

Thomas

Benjamin Marks
09-28-2007, 07:02
None ya.

As in "None ya damn business"

Ben Marks

John Robertson
09-28-2007, 07:21
I spent as much as I needed to get the results I wanted!

DougK
09-28-2007, 08:03
I really don't know because I just don't keep track beyond the "does this fit in my fun budget, yes or no" level. That said, I haven't acquired any new photo gear in a long time, at least a year. I'd love to have a view camera, but I can live without it.

Pascal
09-28-2007, 08:44
When one is married, one tries to avoid keeping tabs on how much as been spent on one's personal interestes/hobbies :)

My recent purchase was an Olympus and it seems like I may be investing in some of the good Zuiko stuff in the near future

RHaroldP
09-28-2007, 15:23
I spent about $1,500 per year in recent years. In the last year I've decided to only buy film and chemistry. So maybe I'm over the GAS.

migtex
09-28-2007, 15:25
WHAT! I DON'T WANNA KNOW!!!
Gosh! Why you people do this!!!
From 75 to 98 was analog (RF & SLR), from 98 to today add te Digi stuff plus some analog RF....

Charles Bogel
09-28-2007, 16:31
Nine million dollars.

dee
09-28-2007, 16:42
I try NOT to think about it !

Funny - nothing since I went krazee , except a Canon G2 digibox [ $500 ]10 years ago , then , from Sept 2006 ... way way too much on 30 odd , some very odd Leicas and derivatives ...and Prakticas and Chinons/ Prinzflex - my 1st cameras !

I ain't telling how much !!!

dee

rbsinto
10-25-2007, 08:01
Charles,
Only $9,000,000.00? Were those US dollars?
I've spent about $100,000,000.00, but that's Canadian dollars, so it wasn't really all that much.

yaadetgar
10-30-2007, 03:27
Wow,
It's not fair!
Anyway, most of my photo-equip is from the last 3 years, and it's... well... not countable, I guess...


Yaad