How long do you keep your equipment

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by sridip_nag|1, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. Just as a general point of discussion / inquiry, I am curious to know how long people (non professionals) keep their camera bodies?
    I figure there are two ways to about it. Either use it for a year or two, and sell of the body before the new body comes out, so as to get as much money out of it to put back into the new body, or use it till it drops dead. For me, the latter seems to be what works best.
    My first dSLR was a D90 (bought late 2008), which I still have and continue to use on a regular basis. In 2012, when the D800/E came out, I purchase the "E". I tend to use the "E" for paid jobs, and the D90 for personal photography, but from time-to-time, do use the D800E for personal family portraits when I know I want to produce a certain image (portrait of my kids / family). Along with the two dSLR bodies, there is the Sony RX100-II, which was bought for the purpose of a vacation camera, as I did not want to carry any of the bulky dSLR and accompanying lenses to Mexico. The RX100-II worked beautifully for all my vacation photography needs, as it has full manual control along with RAW shooting capabilities. One of the things I love to do is take long exposure photos (at the beach, etc..). So, for this purpose, I got a nice magnetic filter holder for the RX100-II. I was able to produce beautiful long exposure pictures with the RX-100. I will keep this camera for family vacation purposes until it dies, and then replace it with some sort of equivalent unit when the time comes.
    So I would like to hear from others on this. How do you approach life cycle of your equipment?
  2. I still have Dad's Argus C3 and Rollei E2 TLR. I still have the first Nikon FTn I ever owned (sold the rest years ago to finance buying the FM2n+MD-12 arsenal), three FM2n cameras and my entire Bronica ETRS outfit (which I'd love to sell). I sold my Mamiya RB rig but it pained me to do so, even though I hadn't used it in half a decade.
    Some people roll their hardware over frequently, others seem unable to let go of favored pieces with sentimental attachments. YMMV
    Henry Posner
    B&H Photo-Video
  3. Sold my early Nikon film cameras to a friend, but that was primarily because I was having trouble using manual focus. If they had had auto focus, I'd still have them. Still have an Argus C3, although I haven't used it in ages.
    When I switched to digital, my first was a Canon A95 which I still have and use on occasion. My current Nikon stable includes a D300 and 700, both of which I use on a regular basis. I see no reason to upgrade to the "latest and greatest".
  4. People get rid of cameras?
    Never heard of such a thing!
    I confess I have got rid of a few cameras early on, but I rectified that by buying replacements for them. I have every piece of Nikon equipment I ever used, still. My Nikon F, my Nikkormat FTn, my Nikkormat EL, .... you get the idea. With film cameras so cheap now, I've also acquired the models I wanted, but never got when they were new.
    I have passed on some digital equipment to my daughter, if that counts as not keeping.
  5. I bought my first camera in 1972, a silver F2 Photomic, and a second in 1973, a black one. Kept them until 2006 when I traded them in for two D70s bodies. Then in 2011 replaced them with two D300s bodies. I don't plan on replacing those in the foreseeable future.
  6. Nikon FE, 50mm f/1.8 AIs, 1983. Still going strong, yielding 25 megapixels of super saturated Velvia scans. So, what's that .... 31 years so far!
    I have picked up other bodies, Rolleiflex 1938, Agfa Billy Record 1952, Kodak Retina iia 1952, tons of Pentax and Nikon circa 1983. They all work great!
    Planned obsolescence is for pixels.
  7. Still have my NIKON F which I
    purchased new in 1967. I get rid of
    Leica cameras when they get to be
    problematic, I sell lenses I don't use
    very often, especially aftermarket
    brands, I try and buy only benchmark
    Nikon digital cameras new (D700,
    D200) and they are generally worth
    keeping after newer versions are
    introduced. I buy used Nikon film cameras (recently an F5) because they are so inexpensive and great fun to use and I don't think their $ value will be much less than what I paid for them
  8. I don't yet know the answer tto the question because I have not been able to wear out a Nikon
    F yet.
    Of course I have been using newer equipment too, but at this rate I'll keep it all.
  9. I still have my first 35mm camera - a Zeiss Contaflex IV. I do not use it very often, but it still works.
    I had and used my Nikon FTn from the time I bought it in 1970 until it was stolen in 2002.
    My main camera is my Nikon F100, which I bought in 2001. It takes great black and white negatives which I print and color negatives which I scan.
    I still use my Bronica S2A with 75mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens which I bought in 1972.
    For digital, I have a Canon PowerShot Pro 1 which I was given in 2004 and my Nokia N8 phone which I bought four years ago.
    For Holiday Season 2015 (never be the first kid on the block with a new toy), I may purchase the D750, unless the collective wisdom in the forum decides it, too, is yet another faulty piece of equipment or that none of my lenses will give a satisfactory result with it. <grin>
  10. I still have almost every camera I ever owned, including the Tower 127 and Montgomery Ward 126 cameras I took my first snapshots with and the Nikon F2 I save my pennies for in high school. For many years, I didn't have any excess equipment to speak of. At this point, the stuff that I might get rid of (the film cameras and some of the manual focus lenses) would only bring pennies on the dollar. Yet if I decided I wanted them again later they would be difficult to find and I'd probably pay 10 times what I got for them.

    At one time I did trade a Bolex B8 movie camera (B8, not the classic H8 which I would have kept if I had one) and an Elmo Dual Filmatic (8mm and Super 8, a relatively rare camera) for a mint Yashicamat 124G. I was never going to use the two movie cameras but got good use out of the Yaschicamat. I have sold a few lights and miscellaneous things as I got better things to replace them. But not many.
  11. Nikon F3HP-1984
    Nikon FA-1985
    Contax G2-1998
    Pentax 67II-1998
    Nikon FM3a-2005
    These are the remaining of the current group, excluding, Hasselblads, and a Fuji GX-680.
    I use all of these camera's regularly, not daily, but semi weekly.
    I use great care in keeping these camera's alive, and their lenses. I continue to be impressed with the great films that we aspire to today. In spite of the films we've lost, we continue to have the best. Another words if one can't get it done with todays films, it simply a case of denial.
    No doubt, the equipment of yesteryear is built to amazing standards. My camera's are the obvious testament to that. Take care of them, and they'll be there for you, even the 30 year olds!
  12. I still have my Eos 300D, because by the time I didn't need it as a back-up (because I'd got a D800e to complement my D700) it was worth more to me for sentimental value than for sales. I kept my D700 expecting to want it for speed and low-light, alongside my D800, but I've barely used it since. If it's still worth enough to merit it, I may trade both it and my D800e in on a D810. Unfortunately, I recently discovered that I may have scuffed the paint on my D800 slightly, which is likely to have had an unfortunate effect on its resale value. So my D810 may not be coming any time soon. Not that I've got the hang of having disposable income these days...
  13. I've only once gotten rid of a camera that was still working. I still have the Exacta RTL 1000 I got as my first "real" camera, and all the OM stuff I got later on. In the digital era, I did sell my D70 when and lenses I switched to the "other brand", but I still regularly use the 20D I got to replace it (in fact, it's sitting in my car right now).
  14. F401 (1988; sold to brother)

    F801 (1989; gave away to friend)

    F3T (1994)

    F4 (1998)

    D200 (2006)

    D300 (2011)

    D800 (2012)

    ..With collection of old and new lenses.. and some Nikkormats.
    So in fact I keep most of my gear. And only the first two and last one were bought new.
  15. I bought a Nikon f3 when the camera first came out and I have never regretted the decision. As soon as the f4 came out I ordered it and I had nothing but trouble with it and went back to the f3. I have NAS and it has not always worked out for me.
    In the days of film significant upgrades to an F series camera came along every eight or so years and were more or less worth the upgrades. In the digital age I wait until there is a VERY compelling reason to upgrade. I recently got d810 as a gift and I look forward to a long life with it. The simple economics of automatic upgrades in the digital age can kill you. Ask my wife.
  16. My strategy has been to buy every other generation of Nikon digital. I also buy historical/collectible cameras and will sell one if a better copy comes along. My general rule of thumb is if I haven't used something in a year, I should sell it.
    Kent in SD
  17. Kent:
    I agree with your strategy and your rule of thumb, except for my old F3HP. I tkinl I will be buried with it.
  18. I once sold a Minolta SRT-101 to buy a Bronica S2A. That was forty years ago. So I continued buying cameras but I just haven't sold any more. I have never counted how many I have. Between fifty and a hundred I would guess.
  19. Good question: I have been in photography for over 25 years and I have not sold one single piece of my equipment until a week ago, when I attended the local camera fair. Mostly got rid of some lenses I don't use or don't like. Simply had to downsize for more new things. I have terminal GAS.
    Still have all the cameras I acquired over the years. Film cameras I will keep as they are very sturdy and difficult to wear out and they don't sell for much. Digital cameras I would upgrade only when there is great improvements, usually means 2 or 3 generations apart. It is better to upgrade lenses these days, as they last a little bit longer than bodies.
  20. SCL


    I sold my Leica M4 after owning and using it for 43 years, but then turned around and bought an M2. Sold a bunch of cameras and lenses a couple of years ago when I ran into some financial difficulties, but still have a lot from the 1950s & 60s. I did go thru several generations of digital cameras, but I've had my Nikon D300 for about 3-4 years now, and see no reason to sell it. IMHO the only reasons to sell are to fund a new purchase, not using a camera for more than 5 years, or it is broken and too expensive to repair. But to each is own.
  21. I still haw my first 35mm rangefinder, Zorkij C, working, ( a Leica copy) Practika Super TL, and the serious staff, Nikon F, several, F2, F3, FM2, FE2, Nikkormat, Nikon EL, Nikkormat EL, FA, F5, some of those multiple bodies and all in a perfect working order. New on the list is a Nikon S2 with 3 lenses, 5cm.. 3.5cm & 2.8cm, I used them yesterday, film in the lab. Digital? Not keeping them, only the last models, like D3s, D4 & Df. The favorite is the Df. For film, the NIKON S2, the new guy, for me.
    Inherited, Olympus OM-2 (x3) with a set of lenses, kipping them as a masterpiece of mechanical engineering marvels and artistry, like Swiss watches in cameras. To bad, camera companies producing monsters for 35mm format to day, compare to the Olympus OM system.
  22. I still use our Nikon D40 weekly. It's our only DSLR. I have been thinking of
    upgrading to a D90!
  23. Either use it for a year or two, and sell of the body before the new body comes out, so as to get as much money out of it to put back into the new body, or use it till it drops dead.​
    I am somewhere in the middle as far as cameras are concerned - certainly not upgrading every model cycle but also not holding on to cameras until they die.

    Saw no reason to hold on to my film cameras - with the exception of a 32-year old F3, they are all sold now. My first DSLR, D70, is sold, as are the subsequently acquired D200 bodies. Currently shooting with D300 and D700 - though a refurbished D7100 is on the way - to be used for avian and aviation photography. Generally sell equipment I don't intend to use anymore (or haven't used for a while) to upgrade to something newer or better. Probably would have sold off most of my DX gear if it wasn't for my wife transitioning into digital right now and wanting to use it.
  24. erik_christensen|3

    erik_christensen|3 Self-employed

    The status for me is:
    Minolta SR7 1961 - donated it to "Street Childrens Photoclub Saigon" in 1994
    Minolta ST 101 1966 - donated it together with 4 lenses to "Street Childrens Photoclub Saigon" in 1994
    Voightlaender Vitamatic 1963 - still on my shelf
    Nikon D90x 1999 - still on my shelf
    Canon G2 - damaged/thrown away
    Nikon D200 2007 - sold when D300 was release
    Nikon D300 2007 - still in use
    Nikon D700 2008 - still in use
    Unfortunately, there is no b/w film available here in Vietnam, as I would like to "play" with the analog cameras again, and buying them online is extremely expensive, and nobody can develop them here!
    No I awaiting a D750 or D810 with GPS build-in then I will probably buy but without selling the D300, if the budget allows!
  25. I still have the Canon VI that was bought new when I was 1 year old, and took most of my baby pictures until I was about 10. I used it as my main camera until I bought an FM when I was 21.
    My last year of college, I used the FM for slides, and the Canon for black and white prints. The last roll stayed in the camera for 30 years, until I developed it a few years ago.
    I have put a few rolls through both the FM and Canon VI in the last few years.
  26. I still have my Argus C-3, Nikormat EL and F2AS. I also have an N80 and F5. I have a Super Speed Graphic and Yashica D. Sold the RB-67 and all of its stuff. Glad to see it go. As for digitals, I have no special affinity for any of them. I have sold them when I replaced them. I have a D2Xs, D7100, D3 and D4 now. They are tools and will go when they are no longer needed. (I keep the D2Xs for rough service but almost never use it except for backup at rodeos.) I can't love digital cameras. Perhaps familiarity breeds contempt. That and I miss the drama that made me love my film cameras twice. Once when I took the shot and once when roll came out of the dryer.
  27. I've never sold a film camera body and the price they command on the used market today doesn't make it worth while. I still use my D300 (purchased in 2008) as my sole DSLR. It still works well and gets the job done for my needs. Nikon hasn't yet released a camera body that I desire at a price point I can justify and therefore the D300 lives on for me. When/if I do finally upgrade within the Nikon lineup I will most likely keep it.
  28. Until it breaks or isn't cost effective to repair.
    My nine-year-old D2H is too glitchy and undependable for most stuff, but has found a second life doing infrared. So I'll keep using it until it dies. But I probably won't have it repaired. For the cost of repairs I could buy a better camera and have it converted to IR.
    I've regretted selling only some gear I thought at the time was superfluous, especially a Rolleiflex 2.8C TLR that would be difficult to replace now for anywhere close to what I originally paid. But I don't really miss most of the stuff I've sold, swapped or given away. I like good tools, but it's mostly just stuff. I'm mainly interested in the photos.
  29. I seem to keep my equipment even "too long". I am proud of a few resales. The Kodak Disk 2000 which was my first own camera, A Seagull TLR which generated too soft images when shot at my Mamiya's side. Grandpa's Agfa box A broken electronic shuttered k-mount body with winder a Pentax film body still shooting & exposing but AF motor broken. An Optio 6MP P&S which was like the Disk just too unresponsive for my taste.
    I'd have little issues handing certain stuff down, but I am sticking to a lot of what I acquired. My first SLR, a Super A will stay as a paperweight in case it should break.
    I see no sense in reselling my surely outdated *istD. Monetary value dropped to less than 10% but it is still going pretty strong I hadn't replaced it ("I'm a poor shutterbug and thats the only 3rd DSLR I have to cover this event for the Internet") until a year ago, when I spotted the Samsung version of my top body K20D for little money in the local store's used stuff window.
    By now I am realizing I made a few bad purchasing decissions. - I am stocked with a pair of "I don't care about them, if they vanish out of my saddlebags" film SLRs & matching lenses and bought also a pair of surely awesome MX at the dawn of digital, so like others above I own probably too many 35mm film beaters.
    Not sure what to say about digital. - I feel seasoned enough to claim: "I know what this is and I believe its doing its job well enough for me." about my old bodies in most cases. - Yes, Pentax shelled out next models. But there was nothing that made me drool over my keyboard when I read about them on dpreview, like back in the days when Minolta brought out their 7D which offered in camera anti shake and seemed the just right tool for concert photography paired with some 50 & 24mm primes, but arrgh, my $$ were spend on an M3... - A few paychecks later I got hold of a K100D for that job and was glad to not have ended switching or mixing systems.
    The biggest issue I see: Remaining gear dreams tend to become fairly expensive. - I would like to be able to gun down sports with decent zooms on pro bodies once in a while but these seem 25k which would maybe make me happier spent on a pair of simple Leica monochroms for general photography.
    Budged DMF appears tempting too but will probably repeat all issues with smaller DSLRs just with multiplied price tags.
    While safing up and wondering what to do when the thought of carrying money for a camera less than 2 football fields from bank to store feels uncomfartable the old stuff has to do. And upgrades of that should be quite stunning specs, or tempting price wise to shake me out of my shopping hiatus.
    The big question is always: do I with my lensline as is (in reach) need that at all? And tech progress isn't made very transparent.
  30. I try not to have too much digital stuff... in my experience it becomes obsolete before it breaks. So it is not worth to me to be upgrading after short periods (too much expense for small image quality improvements). I don`t even have a really usable backup camera (actually, my kids have a lot of old, abandoned digicams... not a good deal).
    Also, I`m afraid I`m not a big technology freak. I don`t feel so bad using my 12Mp DSLR; honestly, I`m aware that a better camera will not improve my photography that much, now limited to casual and family photos.
    Against NAS, I use to shoot regularly (film or digital), it is the best antidote. Another great antidote is to keep the money waiting for the very latest model, just in case my D700 breaks... ;)
    Not the same with lenses, I got rid of almost all AF/AFD ones (few exceptions), as well as AI/AiS zooms, replaced with current AFS zooms. I think I did it right. I`m pleased.
    Film gear is another topic; I still use them regularly, specially larger formats, and given the current value, although I have way more cameras I can use (many of them are in good shape, -in known shape-), I`m not willing to sell them. Traditional photography still is my main motivation source.
    If I were into business (I`m just an amateur), for sure I`d upgrade my gear after short periods, trying to offer the latest technology and services. This is what I try to do in my daily job.
  31. I have a Voigtlander Petzval lens, 7 in. f3.5, made in 1847. I'm the original owner.
    Kent in SD
  32. My digital equipment gets flipped more regularly, every five years or so, bodies anyway. Like some others, I have film cameras from long ago, mid-1950's-90's, that still work great. Longevity was a feature of film cameras that is not so much touted on today's cameras that change considerably as imaging technology progresses. That said, many years ago I gave my wife the original 6MP Canon 300D that she still uses today for her eBay business. I've offered to upgrade it for her but she'll have none of it. She says it meets her needs which, I guess, is the bottom line for any camera.
    Kent-too funny!
  33. I keep my equipment until it is no longer economic to maintain it -- repairs cost as much as replacement, or my imagination outruns the capability of the equipment and there is a camera in the market that is capable of filling the need. Back in the day when I was doing a lot of location work nearly every day, I would replace about 1/3 of my Nikon bodies each year -- mostly because I gave them very hard use and could not keep the shutters calibrated. I had a colleague who bought about a dozen Pentax bodies at a time an treated them almost as disposable cameras -- he put a Nikon lens mount on them. I wore out my D-1 and my D70. My D7000 is working just fine and will be around for a while longer.
  34. I once thought every camera I bought should be of pro build quality, and last forever. With the advent of digital it slowly dawned on me that pro build quality was largely pointless because a dslr typically becomes a dinosaur long before it wears out. Hmmm I thought, these middle of the line DX cameras have IQ as good, or better than the pro models of only a very few years ago, and cost way less.
    Unless you're a truly prolific photographer you wont get near to wearing your camera out in the months it takes for the new model to appear. I say buy the middle of the line camera, and buy frequently. The D90, D7000, D7100 etc. It's not like these cameras are cheesy either, and should last quite a long time if you want, and take reasonable care of them. Nope, no more brick shoothouse camera builds for me, I'm not hammering nails with my D7100, only taking pictures. That new D7200 must be coming out soon....oh boy! ;)
  35. Kent, I recognize that lens -- you may be the second owner.
  36. I have a Voigtlander Petzval lens, 7 in. f3.5, made in 1847. I'm the original owner.​
    The lens is 147 years old. Something tells me you are slightly younger, Kent. Original owner means the person who purchased or was given the lens new - the first owner. So how are you the original owner (this should be a good story - involving either time travel or creatures with fangs and a taste for human blood <GRIN>)? Unless the lens sat on the store shelf for about 100 years.
  37. I recently sold off all my OM stuff, which I had started accumulating in the 80s, to finance the purchase of an OM-D EM-1. Also sold my F4S, which I never really warmed to. I had always kept everything, but after packing to move house, I realized I had three large shipping boxes full of film stuff (and that doesn't even include the darkroom stuff) that was getting very little use. Once I sold off the OM SLRs on fleabay, getting rid of the Zuikos was pretty easy, and then I just kept selling until I was down to a core collection of the cool stuff - couple of Fs, couple of F2s (early and late versions of each), F3HP, 1st generation Canon F-1 and a Minolta XK, and a set of primes (24, 50, 85/100, 200) for each system - these will live in a display case except for the occasional roll put through them for a change of pace. It was actually pretty liberating moving all that stuff out.
  38. I still have my film camers from the 70s. I still have every digital camera I
    have bought. Still use them all - mostly Olympus stuff. No need to sell
  39. There are two kinds of hanging on to a piece of equipment.
    First is for nostalgic reasons, after you have upgraded to newer equipment. One could just keep it, especially if it is not worth much, or occasionally use it. For example, I still keep my Yashica Mat124 TLR and Nikon FE2 cameras, although I never use them.
    Second is using it as your regular camera or lens without feeling a need (or be able to afford) to replace it. For example, I still use my Nikon D200 as my only body, because I don't shoot action and low light scenes and it serves me well for what I do (even though I get tempted occasionally to replace it). All of my lenses (Ais and AF-D) fall under this category, too. They still are in frequent use. Some are 30 years old.
  40. As long as I had just one film body (FE2) and later one autofocus (F801s), I used them quite frequently... then came digital, and the easier it became the less serious my photography became! Then the old film bodies were available so cheap that I strated acquiring them (F100, F4s, luckily stopped there!), a couple of medium format bodies, but not really for actual use... Now I've finally started disposing off some of the stray bits and pieces, out-of-order old bodies, maybe even the old film bodies. I use a Nikon D7000 as my main digital body, and a Canon S95 for convenience.
    The old Nikon bodies like the F100 and F4 and FE2 are mainly to touch and feel and handle and listen to... like a pet :)
  41. I mean my dad still has a fungus smelling 2nd hand camera Fujico or something rangefinder fixed lens auto only camera no shutter or aperture selection from at least the 1970s but hasn't been used or taken out in nearly a decade or two haha and we have a Canon film SLR that hasn't been used for a roll in about 10yrs it has been taken out and looked at thou.
    Maybe the question is how long we we hold our "main camera" for or at least how long we we hold our regular used camera(s) for.
    I got a D70 in 2004 and got a D600 in 2013. As for my film camera still used, both used bought at 2006 and other was later - F100 and FM2N. If I get a medium format and a large format - I'll only have one. My bro now still use the D70 nearly every 2 weeks. I don't have any point and shoots other than my phone. I still have film in freezer and shoot film and develop the b/w film myself.
  42. "How long do you keep your equipment?"​
    It depends! I keep my equipment until...
    1. It proves to be unreliable. for example, when my first SLR (a Miranda Sensorex) broke three times within the first two years of its 3-year warranty, I sold it and replaced it with a Nikon F.
    2. It is replaced by a significantly improved model. For example, when the Nikon F2 was introduced in 1971, I replaced my Nikon F with the F2.
    3. It does not fulfill its purpose. For example, when I discovered that my bad weather camera (the Nikon EM) stopped working in the rain, I replaced it with the Nikon Nikonos underwater camera.
    4. It appreciates so much that I am afraid to use it. For example, when my two Nikon F2 Titanium cameras doubled in price, I sold them and purchased two lower priced Nikons that I was not afraid to use and abuse.
  43. Nice to see that a lot of people are still using their film cameras. I will continue to hold on to my film bodies (N70 and F5)... can hardly get anything for them, esp. the F5, considering that I bought it new at full price.

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