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View Poll Results: How to spend $3000. Which is your top choice here?
Leica CL (new) 8 5.10%
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Leica M9 plus a lens; Leica M8 plus a lens 24 15.29%
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Old 01-13-2018   #201
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Old 01-13-2018   #202
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Old 01-13-2018   #203
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And buying extra memory as a box of a few chips to be fitted in the PCB and them falling out when it got hot and expanded slightly. And people would steal them one by one and it took a while to be noticed...

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Oh, the Hologon! I have peculiarly pleasant memories of seeing that lens in a shop window in Hong Kong amidst other Contax G gear. Back then, I was just getting into Contax cameras and everything was new and fresh. The Hologon in the window was almost like an Elvis sighting.
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I got an "Elvis" in the form of a Hologon
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If i had $3000 I'd put about $2500 of it into bills and paying off some student debt. I'd also get this cracked molar i have fixed. Actually, that's going to take the whole $3000, even though I have insurance...

But if I'm limited to spend it on photo stuff, I'd get a decent condition, perfectly working Bell & Howell 70HM or DR with a couple long focus Cine Ektar lenses. If I got the HM, I'd want the 400 foot magazine. Otherwise, I'd split the funds left over for film and processing.

So basically, I'd do what I'm going to do anyway but I'd have my film stock and some processing/telecine paid for.

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I would travel to an interesting, warm place known for excellent food and friendly people, and use some of the gear that I already own.
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Interesting thread, I went through all the answers and proposals.
Time now for my idea, I couldn't post earlier because of traveling and I had not my password to access RFF on the phone!

As principle I do not need more gear...but that Rolleiflex 2.8...so beautiful...

I must say that years ago I found more interesting to spend money on workshops than buying gear. This was a good way to meet other people and see what they were doing (or trying to do), get new ideas for new projects and new challenges. The biggest result I got from the WS i took part in between 1995 and 2005 is not a technical knowledge but to know what I want to achieve with my photography. Which style or better which visual language to use in my projects. So this could be an idea, we have an interesting "masterclass" which includes a series of 5/6 weekend with a photographer and later a meeting with an editor, with the aim to learn how to finalized a project into a book.
The total cost (fee + material, printing papers...) is about 2.500/3.000 EUR

Thinking only in terms of gear a Nikon DF seems me the correct complement to my M10 and I already have the lenses I need. But I'm not sure I need more gear, already said, I know!

Because I like printing very much a good inkjet printer (A2 ...) and a stock of inks and high quality paper would be also an interesting idea...

SO, no one of the proposal made by the OP is for me and if I should buy another Leica the TL2 is very appealing...I already have the EVF which is the same of the M10

Thanks Raid for letting me think about what to buy with some money which is not (yet?) in my photo expenses budget

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I don't think that the point of the question is to be practical, thus: I would buy up every Epson R-D1x. s. and blank I could find in good shape. Money in the bank!
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Old 01-18-2018   #211
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Hmmm...

Pentacon Six TL w/Biometar.

Robot Star w/Xenon.

Ricoh Auto Half SL.

Fuji GF670.

A Steinheil Quinon 50mm 1.9 and whatever camera I can mount it on.

Maybe I'd pay someone to make me an Olympus XA with the zone focusing and auto exposure of the XA2.

And get everything serviced.

There's definitely more but I can't think of everything right now.
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Probably not the announced Kodak Super 8 camera which is announced at US$ 2,500/3,000.
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Old 01-18-2018   #214
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Well, since the sky is now the limit and I already have both the Berning Robot II and the Robot Star 50, I think my thoughts have to turn to a Linhof Super Technika 23. My grandfather had one of those, with both roll-film and single-shot backs. He never used it, I "stole" it briefly a few times and shot photos for the school yearbook with it: an outstanding 6x9 field camera with glorious lenses.

I was so pissed off when, after my grandfather passed away, my father gave it to my uncle who sold it for another friggin' lens for his Nikon. It was worth five times that!

One of those fitted with a scanning back (and of course with roll-film and single sheet holders) would be a giggle.

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I am going on my fifth year with the original Sony a7 and rangefinder lenses. I still absolutely love it but it is starting to show signs of age. Eventually, I am looking to see if there will be an a7 III and what it might offer.
If I were to upgrade right now with 3 grand I might look for a bargain on the a7r ii and then slowly add lenses. The 55/1.8 I already own, but it would be first and maybe only AF lens I'd get. Wow, looks like the money's gone.
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I am going on my fifth year with the original Sony a7 and rangefinder lenses. I still absolutely love it but it is starting to show signs of age.
How is it showing its age?
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Old 01-19-2018   #218
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Since I have never owned a Leica, I would probably pick up an M6 w/either a 35 cron or 50 cron & a few bricks of Tri-X just to see what all the hubbub is about.
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Old 01-19-2018   #219
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For $3k I'd get me the best condition Hasselblad system I could find. Medium format is really something else and leaves a lot of room for giving your photography a different direction.
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Old 01-24-2018   #220
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Contax 645 or a Mamiya AFD with digital back, assuming these 3000$ would be meant for that and no other far more sensible purposes.
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If its cameras then probably a Sony A6000 used and the 85mm 1.8 so I can double duty the lens as an 85 on the A7 and a near 135 on the A6000. Then I am at a loss, I can't bring myself to spend over £1k on a digital so it would be a few odd things that might be interesting to use or try, perhaps the original A7r?
Now if its photography then a load of derv, accommodation (Static caravans) and go round various photographic and linked galleries round Europe as much as the money takes.
Alternatively what about a reasonable used van create a lens mount on the back and make a big camera, that could be fun.
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This is a thread about "small dreams". Don't take it too seriously. It is about letting some thoughts out ...
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I've always wanted a digital Leica M, so I would choose the M9 with lens; not fond of the crop in the M8. I simply cannot support another Leica lens mount like for the new Leica CL. My dream Leica M would be the MM Monochrome, but that's way outside of your 3K limitation.
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$3,000, a new life

$3,000? Shrits! If I had a spare three Gs, I could have a new life...

As usual, some excellent posts in this thread.

Me, I'm now retired, so I now have a bare-bones budget for anything photographic.

This is not to criticise those lucky ones with the dosh to buy gear, but as I'm keen on stirring the pot about this, I have today started a new thread, for those who like me, are faced with having much less to spend than a fistful of thirty Ben Franklins for new equipment, have their say about photo gear.

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Let the fantasy work in a free way...3.000 $ as a bonus to spend in a photo related way?

That Rolleiflex 2.8 ....

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This is an easy poll for me. I sold my M240 and bought a CL. It was the right decision
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I always wanted a digital M with AF. Since there's no such thing, I'd buy an X-Pro2. I'd hold on to the the rest of the 3 grand while I wait for Fuji to build a 16mm f/2.

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If you use Leica wideangles, the XPro won't make you happy...
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If you use Leica wideangles, the XPro won't make you happy...
Why?

I use a 21mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/1.4 wideangles on my M10 and M6.
I use a 12mm f/2 Rokinon, a 16mm f/1.4 Fujinon, and a 23mm f/1.4 Fujinon on my X-Pro.
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If you use Leica wideangles, the XPro won't make you happy...
XPro makes me very happy. I've been using multiple XPro1 bodies for the past two years or so and I really love using them. I'd like to try the XPro2 but can't justify it at present.

As for wide angle lenses, the Fuji 14mm is one of the finest lenses I've ever used. And the 23mm and 35mm lenses (both f/1.4 and f/2 models) are excellent. I'm not so keen on the 18mm, however. I long for Fuji to introduce a small 16mm f/2 lens. And, no, I've not used any Leica wide angles lately--haven't owned a Leica in about 10 years. I'm sure the Leica wide angles are superb but without AF they're pretty much useless to me because of my eyesight.

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Taking the intent of "if you suddenly had $3,000 to spend..." as a "gimmie" and nothing but what you fancy, at the moment, I'd fancy spending play money on a B&W-only printer (piezography) and a workshop to learn how to use it. Under this scenario, the downside is zero...

If I had to put skin in the game, I'd probably pick up a lens, flash, or other lighting solution.

As a Sony owner, I would caution that the A7RII fixed bugs with earlier Sony A7's (floating sensors, CMOS memory issues) and so this is the one to chase rather than the others. As a former Fuji X owner, Sony's IBIS has a lot in its favor for adapted lenses, but the menus are a bit less tidy. Not as bad as advertised, but a bit clunky. In my imagination (and perhaps reality) Leica is better at this. And if you're going to run M-mount lenses, that's the best option. Adapters can be clunky. Just sayin'.
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Ok... redo. $3000 to waste on camera gear...

Used Nikon Df - $1300
Used Nikon 50mm 1.8d - $75
Used Fujifilm 56mm 1.2 lens - $750
7Artisans 35mm 1.2 - $140
Fujifilm X-T20 - $675
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Your Leica Ms and the SWC had a baby:

- Mamiya 6 w/50mm

or if you sell the M8

- Mamiya 7 and 43mm
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I love this thread. I already have more gear than anyone except maybe KEH. So I'd get rid of my canoe and buy a small flat bottom boat with a motor. Or maybe a cruise to Antarctica. But the boat would be first on my list-
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I love this thread. I already have more gear than anyone except maybe KEH. So I'd get rid of my canoe and buy a small flat bottom boat with a motor. Or maybe a cruise to Antarctica. But the boat would be first on my list-
Hmm. I already have the boat, just need a motor. I see them for sale locally at about $100-200. That would leave me with about $2800 to spend. But what to spend it on?.......

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I'd take that $3000 and i'd go and buy a used triumph bonneville.... at least, that's what i'm doing this weekend.
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