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Re: Welfare concern...

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Many people compare camera and other purchases with a pint of beer (I don't have a clue how much that is), a meal out (easily 60 for two) or some other everyday expense.

First and foremost, photographic equipment is an investment, which is still worth something after a few drinks or that meal out, and will still be worth something in five years time.

More importantly, my cameras are valuable to me, allowing me to work and to earn a living. I also enjoy photography as a hobby, (not necessarily using the same cameras), and I would hope that the end results give some pleasure to others.

Money and cost is all topsy turvey these days, so I tend to think of major purchases in terms of 'how many tankfulls of fuel is that?

At about 100 a time the answer is invariably 'not many'!

However, using that comparison, and with fuel costs tumbling, do I have to reduce what I spend on photography, or can I spend even more?

Gosh ! your fuel tank is small lucky person ... our diesel is 145 per tank full so can I spend more (than you) ?

Nigel it does not really matter WHAT we compare with you and I just DO IT ! spend n kit because we do sooo lurve the rewards of our investment every darn click of the shutter
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Re: Welfare concern...

Chevvyf1, Nigel...I totally agree.
Way back I calculated that the cost of any hobby be it Squash club membership, cycling whatever cost about £200/year...that was back in the 80s....so if money has a half life of 20 years...that £200 is now £400-£500. I think thats about the cost of depreciation of our camera gear per year...assuming we have £2-3k of gear.
Thats how I see it....cost of ownership.
The fact that we have a few k of our capital invested in camera gear is inconsequential because we can recover so much of it. Just my thoughts.
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Brian Cost of EXTREME volumes of great pleasure images
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Re: Welfare concern...

Its lots cheaper than drinking and smoking!
This is a golden age of photography....in the days film I could not afford too many rolls of 36 in any one month....maybe two or three.....ok I'm better off now but there is no cost per shot - used to be about £20/month just on kodachrome.
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Re: Welfare concern...

Have you noticed that although I sold my last bit of Olympus kit on friday...I'm still here.....someones going to tell me to b***** off soon!
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I'm still here.....someones going to tell me to b***** off soon!
I can't imagine anybody would want to do that Brian.
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Re: Welfare concern...

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Gosh ! your fuel tank is small lucky person ... our diesel is 145 per tank full
The question is Chevvy, how far can you get on your 145 fill? If I was patient I could manage over 700 miles on a 100 fill of V Power (at about 45 MPG), which I reckon is good for a powerful V6 engine, but that is British engineering for you!


But look on the bright side, there is a heck of a lot less tax on camera equipment than on road fuel, (which actually has tax on tax on tax), so I feel the government is giving me a bargain when I buy anything photographic - but then I still have to travel to take photographs.
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