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Another Jogger

25 September, 2008 (09:17)

squirrel-jogging-4165 Another Jogger

A few days ago, my dad called to tell me that someone he knew had died, and that they had a bunch of photo equipment that might be worth selling, but he wasn’t sure.  One or two of the cameras were called - LYE-KA, and something else, what was it he tried to remember, oh, Hass-something.

It wasn’t very long ago that I would’ve jumped at a chance to at least see this stuff.  Maybe I could get a good deal on a Leica.  Who knows what was in the guy’s collection.  But now I just told dad that I wasn’t interested but that I was sure that whoever had the cameras could get rid of them on e-bay.

I remember a similar situation a few years ago.  Someone had died and left Leicas.  I went out to Long Island to find out what they were, but was dissapointed to find that they weren’t even rangefinders - but old SLRs with all the trimmings - but the widow knew the worth of the stuff and so it was a trip for nothing.  But nowadays, you don’t get that.  And with digital stuff - can you imagine jumping at a 40D 30 years from now?

It would be like buying an early IBM PC.  Maybe for a collection - but not for use.  Will the early digital cameras appreciate in value for collectors?  I have no idea.



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Comments

Comment from Elliot
Time: September 25, 2008, 8:06 pm

I’d love to walk around with a LYE-KA.

Comment from j
Time: September 30, 2008, 2:38 pm

its the squirrel that makes the shot for me…

Comment from dave
Time: September 30, 2008, 2:41 pm

That’s the “other jogger.” :)

Comment from rick
Time: October 1, 2008, 3:09 pm

Timing is everything. Beautiful shot!

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