I think Thom was right, again...

Started Mar 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
The Davinator
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Re: Digital is cheaper than film by far. Check your cost per shot.

Lance B wrote:

Let's go back to my D700. Cost me $AU$3,100 and I have taken 14,000 shots with it. That's $AU0.22/shot. Back when I was shooting film about 10 years ago, film cost about AU$7.00 for a roll of 36 neg film, thats about the same cost per shot, but if we factor in inflation, film would probably be even dearer now. Slide film was even dearer. However, I am about to sell my D700 for about AU$1,200, so effectively the camera only cost me AU$1,900, so the cost per shot is only about $AU0.14/shot, much cheaper than film.

Fast forward to my D800. Cost me AU$3,500, sold for AU$2,000 to a friend for cheaper than I would normally have sold it. That's a cost of AU$1,500 and I have taken about a similar number of shutter actuations to my D700, 14670, so that is about $AU0.10/shot, which is much cheaper than film!

You also have to remember that you have to factor in the cost of a film SLR camera back in the film days which would have been a dearer item per shot because you have to add the cost of film and the cost of the camera together. A Nikon F6 was about $2,400 new, so almost the cost of a D800 and you still had to buy film!

I think we can assume that a camera these days is just like rolls of film, basically a throw away item and when we upgrade to a new DSLR, it's like changing films.

Nikon F5....$300.  Nikon F100....$100.  Film and processing, $8 a roll.  B&W film and processing...$3 a roll.  A roll a week of each....$11 x 52 weeks.....would take 4 years to pay for the D700.  Just because you can hammer a shutter and capture 14000 photos to obtain few keeps doesn't make it money well spent.

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