I bought new legacy lenses

Started Sep 22, 2017 | Discussions thread
Sjak Senior Member • Posts: 3,319
Re: I bought new legacy lenses

Suave wrote:

The difference is that car parts stores never really have gone out of business, whereas cameras stores are long gone. So, yes, somewhere in Iowa there's a garage owner whose great grandfather ordered a headlight for Ford T that a customer never picked, but that's not the case with the camera gear.

Not really... models disappeared, brands disappeared, manufacturers disappeared. And the number of dealerships and carpart stores also steadily decreases (the latter due to cars getting less and less home-mechanic-friendly.)

More importantly for the NOS-availability, the remaining dealerships or carpart stores (or wholesaler behind them) do not keep (to them) obsolete stock forever, and besides also tend to merge into fewer but larger and more generic places. The stuff that somehow did not end in the shredder sometimes ends up for sale.

So maybe not that different than the situation with camera stores, where some old stock may somehow not have landed on the garbage heap....

Or, to get back to your example: a local photo-store may still have some old stuff in a forgotten corner. Not very common, but it does happen, just like the shiny model T-part

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