|View from my chair for 8 weeks!|
As I also indicated in my last post, all this time sitting has given me a lot of time to think. And most of my thoughts have turned to film.
I purchased a 35-70mm lens for my Nikon cameras as a result of all this thinking (again, see last post). I have also given a lot of thought to something else that I've been mulling over for quite some time - selling photography gear more seriously, with more intent. What do I mean by that?
Many of us photographers, whether digital or film, are gear hoarders. There's even an expression for it; GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). I, like many, have a serious case of GAS. I love buying, and using, new/old photography gear. I hate to think how many cameras I've owned in the last 10 years, although I've enjoyed using all of them.
I don't buy to collect, I buy to use. I don't really have the space (or the money) to start a serious camera collection. So if I see a camera for sale that I really want, I need to sell something else before I can purchase the next one. Therefore lots of cameras come and go. Some I do keep, but most need to be sold to fund my next purchase.
To be clear, I'm not re-training as a camera technician. I won't be buying 'bangers' that need fixing up, rather 'bargains' that at the worst will simply need a little cleaning. But I am going to try to hold to the 'double your money' premise of the show. I've heard of a quite a few young entrepreneurs who made a decent amount of money buying and selling secondhand bikes etc - so why not cameras? I've also noticed a definite strengthening of the used film camera market, although I'm not going to limit myself to just film cameras.
I don't expect to make my fortune buying and selling used cameras on the side. I'm not giving up my day job, and it will still only remain just a hobby. But as we all know, it's a damn expensive hobby! And there are lenses and other camera equipment that I would like to actually own and use. So if I can regularly double my money, while at the same time feeding my G.A.S, then I might be able to self-fund my own photography habit.
Up until now, I've only ever purchased gear that I lusted after, and wanted to actually own and use. But now, some of that emotional attachment has been removed from the purchasing decision. Bidding online will become less about desire and more about profit (although to be fair, I'm sure I'll end up putting a roll of film through most of them, if only to guarantee 100% working functionality to prospective buyers).
My first purchase with an eye to on-selling? A Minolta Dynax 3 / Maxxum 4 kit with two lenses and a camera bag. It looks like a great kit in mint condition, which I was able to purchase for an absolute song. I'm sure I will at least double my money on it, so it looks like I may be off to a good start!?