Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 31

Thread: The value of large format cameras

  1. #1
    grumpy & miserable Joseph O'Neil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    London, Ontario
    Posts
    822

    The value of large format cameras

    If anyone ever doubted the true value of large format cameras in relation to other cameras, look at these numbers from the government of Canada official surplus sales page:

    used film Nikon with lens- $100
    https://www.gcsurplus.ca/mn-eng.cfm?...1&sf=ferm-clos

    used DGITIAL Nikon SLRs, with NO lens 15 of them - $300 for all of them

    https://www.gcsurplus.ca/mn-eng.cfm?...1&sf=ferm-clos


    used MF Hassleblad with lens - $150

    https://www.gcsurplus.ca/mn-eng.cfm?...1&sf=ferm-clos

    another used Hassy with more accessories - $250

    https://www.gcsurplus.ca/mn-eng.cfm?...1&sf=ferm-clos

    and then....

    Used large format Lindhof, 4x5 sheet film camera with one lens - minimum bid starting at $1,500.00

    https://www.gcsurplus.ca/mn-eng.cfm?...1&sf=ferm-clos

    So, for all those "naysayers' out there - not that we have any on this forum ( ) - if we assume actions speak louder than words, what does all that tell you about the value of your LF gear?

    eta gosha maaba, aaniish gaa zhiwebiziyin ?

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    1,971

    Re: The value of large format cameras

    Joseph, the auction ad on my end reads:

    (Minimum Bid: 1,500.00)

    1 (lot(s))
    Description:
    Linhof Cameras and Accessories

    (1) Linhof camera, model: Technika 4 x 5
    Series: 2151063 (with accessories -please see photos)

    (1) Linhof Studio camera, model: Kardan-Master 4 x 5 (L-System), Series: 6821112.
    with accessories (small lenses, protective, framing etc.) please see photos.

    (1) Linhof lens, Technika Sironar Rodenstock 1:5.6, f = 150mm Series: 9216458.

    (1) Linhof lens, Technika Luminar 1:6,3 Series: 4618743.

    (2) Lindhof Super Rollex 56 x 72 , series: 1155144, 1151641.

    (1)Lindhof Cine Rollex 56 x 72, series: 1441114.

    (1) Linhof Viewfinder

    *** Serviceable, may require repairs ***

    Linhof Cameras and Accessories

    That is more than one camera and one lens!

  3. #3
    Joshua Tree, California
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    224

    Re: The value of large format cameras

    It's a pittance compared to digital.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Seattle, Washington
    Posts
    3,018

    Re: The value of large format cameras

    Joe,

    I'm afraid those links don't tell us much; too small a sample size. The Linhof lot includes two cameras and at least two lenses, by the way.

    A used Leica camera recently sold at auction for $100,000

    Here's a used DSLR for $10,000.

    Here's a used Hassy for $5,000+.

    And you can get a brand new 4x5 field camera for less than $800.

    What does this tell us about the relative value of different kinds of cameras? Not much-- too small a sample size.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    1,420

    Re: The value of large format cameras

    Linhof is overrated anyway. Linhof is what Leica shooters buy when they move into LF because they're so used to the idea of an expensive "best" brand. In reality, an inexpensive Super Graphic beats a Technika in every way that matters.

  6. #6
    Corran's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    North GA Mountains
    Posts
    7,523

    Re: The value of large format cameras

    Different cameras for different needs...I have digital, 35mm, MF, LF...maybe ULF someday...

    I just make pictures so what do I know.
    Bryan | Blog | YouTube | Instagram
    All comments and thoughtful critique welcome

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    22

    Re: The value of large format cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Syverson View Post
    Linhof is overrated anyway. Linhof is what Leica shooters buy when they move into LF because they're so used to the idea of an expensive "best" brand. In reality, an inexpensive Super Graphic beats a Technika in every way that matters.
    Right. Provided that very little from large format photography matters for you. :-)

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Posts
    9,472

    Re: The value of large format cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Syverson View Post
    Linhof is overrated anyway. Linhof is what Leica shooters buy when they move into LF because they're so used to the idea of an expensive "best" brand. In reality, an inexpensive Super Graphic beats a Technika in every way that matters.
    Maybe you should actually try a Linhof before you insult a lot of good photographers?

    Not that this thread deserves deep thinking, likely the OP was only making a wry assertion.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    1,420

    Re: The value of large format cameras

    No insult intended to any Linhof shooters—I'm sure they're great machines. I've only played with one in a store, so what do I know!

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    3,114

    Re: The value of large format cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Syverson View Post
    Linhof is overrated anyway. Linhof is what Leica shooters buy when they move into LF because they're so used to the idea of an expensive "best" brand. In reality, an inexpensive Super Graphic beats a Technika in every way that matters.
    Really? Perhaps you'd care to list all those ways. I don't think you know what you're talking about.
    One man's Mede is another man's Persian.

Similar Threads

  1. Interchange lens between large format cameras
    By R. Ying in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 23-Sep-2016, 02:48
  2. Large Format NANPA Members?
    By Really Big Cameras in forum Groups & Meetings
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 30-Oct-2008, 07:17
  3. What do you consider large format?
    By Michael Ray in forum Digital Hardware
    Replies: 52
    Last Post: 27-Apr-2008, 20:39
  4. Trends in Large Format Lenses and Cameras
    By alice richard in forum Lenses & Lens Accessories
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 21-Aug-2000, 07:29

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •