can't believe my 5R has lost almost half value in 7 months

Started Sep 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ed B
Ed B Veteran Member • Posts: 9,583
Re: Digital cameras these days are basically disposable items, not investments.

Lance B wrote:

You need to think of modern digital cameras as the film of yesteryear and are therefore basically disposable. Advancements in technology of digital cameras (and most other devices) sees to it that things become worthless in time and the quicker the advancements, the quicker they become worthless.

Some here may be too young to remember paying for a roll of 36 shot film and then having to pay to have it developed as well.

Back in the 80's, it used to cost me about $5-7 for a 36 roll of film and then another $8-10 to get it developed and printed.

Let's say you shoot about 2,000 images a year, which is not unrealistic for many. This equates to about 55 rolls of film and at say $10 (allowing for modest inflation) for the 36 shot film and another say $15 for devloping and printing, that is $25 x 55 = $1,375 per year!

So, you spent $700 on your Sony 5R, if you keep your camera for two years and then even if you sell it for a 1/3 of it's original cost, it has only really cost you about $470 which is about 1/6 of what you would have spent on film! Equation = Film for 2 years at 2,000 images = about $2700 (as above), the camera after 2 years and selling it for a 1/3rd it's original cost is a cost of $470 to you, means that it is about a 1/6 the cost of film.

I'll wager that many of you shoot way more than 2,000 images a year and so the cost of your cam pales into insignificance when you consider what you may have spent on film "in the old days".

Not to mention the fact that you can happily snap away on your digital cam and hone technique and get your composition right etc, where on film every time you snappped it cost you money and therefore you were loathe to do it and your learning curve was much steeper, if you actually learnt at all! The thing is, you had to wait until you got your shots back and you'd forget what you did to get a good or bad shot unless you wrote it all down. We now have instant confirmation of your technique, instant gratification, and EXIF data!l

Forget about the cost of your computer and memory etc, as you'd have that anyway these days.

2000 shots a year???

Some of these snap happy people use the machine gun approach and take 2000 pictures in a couple of days.

They get a few keepers, then post their pictures to shows their expertise

They have to have the latest and greatest camera because the one they have is either worn out or doesn't have the most recent "newbie" feature they need.

If an older model doesn't have the latest gimmick then it's not worth having and if you don't upgrade you're simply using an outdated camera that's worth almost nothing. How are you going to get decent pictures if your camera is more than a year old? Technology advances so fast that my new camera, with it's latest processor and higher resolution, will make my dog and cat pictures much better than yours and just look at the background blur on this flower picture.

Yes you can buy that older, top rated camera, for less than the price of a new point & shoot camera but you'd be a fool to waste your money on old technology when you can get this new entry level model for just a few more dollars; and the new model has smile detection.

This is the kind of advice you get on these forums and this is one of the reasons an older model camera looses its value so quickly.

I'm not criticizing any single individual but there are very, very few photography experts on these forums and most people are more interested in consumer related gadget features than anything else. On top of that, if they read a blog or review written by anyone, they consider it an expert opinion and will spread that information throughout these forums. It doesn't seem to matter to them that anyone with a computer can create a blog and be a self-proclaimed expert.

It's almost like the blind leading the blind or a case where the inmates have taken over the prison but that's just the way the Internet works.

Naturally, all of this is just MY opinion and I'm probably just as full of misinformation as the next person. Maybe I need to start a blog. I could become the next famous camera guru

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