1958 Sears Camera Catalog

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1958 Sears Camera Catalog

Unread postby bakubo » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:07 am

http://www.vintag.es/2012/10/1958-sears-camera-catalog.html

Leica M3 for $456 -- adjusted for inflation that is $3676 in 2013 dollars.
Nikon S-2 for $415.
Rolleiflex for $349.50.
Speed Graphic Press Camera for $399.50.

Lots of other cameras, accessories, film, etc. Kind of cool to see.

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Re: 1958 Sears Camera Catalog

Unread postby Birma » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:34 am

Interesting Henry - it suggests that cameras really have become more expensive.

Waiting for Henry's 4,000th post! :)
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Re: 1958 Sears Camera Catalog

Unread postby bakubo » Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:40 am

Birma wrote:Waiting for Henry's 4,000th post! :)


I think this one is 5231! Did you see number 4000? I don't recall what it was. :lol:

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Re: 1958 Sears Camera Catalog

Unread postby Birma » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:54 pm

I must have blinked and missed that one! I bet it was the next one after the one at the top of the page.
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Re: 1958 Sears Camera Catalog

Unread postby bfitzgerald » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:32 pm

Something exciting about changing a flash bulb that is no longer here. I'm sure they would have paid a fortune for a modern flash back then

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Re: 1958 Sears Camera Catalog

Unread postby bakubo » Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:10 pm

bakubo wrote:http://www.vintag.es/2012/10/1958-sears-camera-catalog.html

Leica M3 for $456 -- adjusted for inflation that is $3676 in 2013 dollars.
Nikon S-2 for $415.
Rolleiflex for $349.50.
Speed Graphic Press Camera for $399.50.


The current digital Leica M10-P sells for $7995. The Leica M3 that cost $456 in 1958 is $4035 in 2019 dollars when adjusted for inflation. A couple of things to note:

1. With the M3 one would have to spend lots of money for film, processing, taxes, etc. over time. With digital there is no incremental cost to taking photos (other than the minuscule amount spent storing them on digital media such as hard disks) so the higher digital camera price is not particularly important, IMO. One does need some sort of computer, but pretty much anyone even reading my post has one of those already. Doesn't even have to be all that powerful a computer if shooting jpegs or doing straightforward raw processing. Lots of software doesn't require very high end hardware to run well. Lightroom and some others do though need pretty good hardware.

2. There are lots of 60+ year old M3 bodies still in use. How many think that an M10-P will still be usable 60+ years from now? :) Even if it still works properly (pretty unlikely) the chances of memory cards, batteries, etc. still being available then for it is pretty much nil. Also, digital file formats may have changed so much that most or all software can no longer handle the files it produces and old software may not run on whatever people are using in 2080. There is an excellent chance though that lots of M3 cameras will still be working...as long as there is film and processing chemicals still easily available. :)


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