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#1 Chad Stockfleth

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 02:39 PM

With cameras and technology changing at such a rapid clip, does it make more sense to purchase a nice set of glass than a camera system?

In the past, 35mm systems could last for decades (and continue to) but digital cameras are outdated in 5 or less.

So instead of spending $40k on a camera, would you buy a set of primes instead as the longer-term investment?

Discuss. ;)

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 02:40 PM

Lights. They're the only thing that is always needed. Mount's change ;)
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#3 Chad Stockfleth

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 02:51 PM

You'll end up trading all your bulky, hot tungstens for those new-fangled LED's.

Stick to the topic Adrian! ;)
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 02:57 PM

Lenses are a good investment, but seriously, though you're still a bit limited in application. Not everyone will need/want your lenses and it's a lot of eggs in one basket. Best bet, me thinks, isn't cameras or lenses, but lights :P
While the lenses won't become as "outdated" as quickly as a camera it might attach to, it's still a bit limited in terms of application. You're working with just PL cameras, for example; whereas other investments are more universal.
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#5 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 03:23 AM

The problem with lenses right now is that every Tom, Dick, and Harry owns a set. I called Visual Products about two years ago and they didn't have any expectation of having a full set of used lenses in stock any time in the future. I asked them to try to find me a set (any set) and they basically told me that wouldn't happen. I looked into buying a new set, but the rental prices have been driven down so much by the huge amount of Red owners that also own lens sets that it just wasn't worth it to buy a new set. I like the Red camera, but it's driven down rental prices on cameras as well as lenses quite a lot. There's very little money to be made right now with lenses in my opinion. I wish I'd bought a set 5 or 10 years ago though.
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#6 Serge Teulon

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 07:49 AM

Hey Chad,

I wouldn't buy a camera as it seems that every 5mins a new one comes out, plus the maintenance costs, plus the prices (ok, I know....red).
If I could afford it I would love to buy a set of prime lenses....something like a new set of Cooke's.
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