This is a plug for The 716, a local photography blog at which I have camera envy.
Once my kids are done with college (and I’m done paying tuition) I am re-investing in a digital darkroom. My chemical darkroom has been closed for well over ten years, my Canon AE-1 film camera still functions but who uses film anymore? And all my lenses don’t fit any of the newer, prosumer camera bodies.
The stumbling block is cost. I am not going to sacrifice quality for economy, and want something to last pretty much the rest of my life. Then there are those 10,000 or so negatives I’ve got neatly stored in my basement, just waiting to be digitized, cataloged and Photo Shopped.
I started pricing the cameras and digital darkroom of my dreams:
- Canon Power Shot SD850 IS – $400
- Canon EOS 30D Camera Body – $1,000
- Canon EF 24-70 mm f2.8 Zoom lens – $1,200
- Canon EF 70-200 mm f4.0 Zoom lens – $600
- Canon EF 2x Teleconverter – $300
- Sandisk Extreme III Compact Flash 16 GB – $400
- Nikon Coolscan V ED Film Scanner – $600
- EIZO 24” Wide Screen LCD Monitor – $1,300
- HP Photosmart B9180 Printer – $700
- Adobe Photo Shop – $650
This shopping cart holds over $7,000 worth of technology (not including any frames for those photographs that I actually print!). My choices are not arbitrary but I am sure that in 4 or 5 years they will all be different as the technology advances – but the replacements will probably all be around the same price.
My dream is to take a few courses, get back the knack I had for framing interesting photographs, and create a pictorial of the life around me.
This may remain just a dream for a long time to come.