Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/05/24

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Subject: Re: Salgado
From: Charles E. Dunlap <>
Date: Fri, 24 May 96 11:45:33 -0700

>The price of a tri-X film is about 30FF.
>P.S.: 1FF~4.5US$

Yikes almighty! There must be a mistake here. If 1 FF = 4.50 USD then 
you're paying 135 USD for a roll of Tri-X. Now, if 1 USD = 4.50 FF then 
the film is 6.67 USD which is closer to reality. A 36 exp. roll of Tri-X 
400 can be had for 3.6 USD (a routine mail order price). A new M6 + 50/2 
will cost about 3300 USD. That comes out to be over 900 rolls of Tri-X. 
Judging from conversations here, a professional photographer will easily 
spend the cost of the camera in film each year, not to mention 
processing, so your point is well taken.

Five bodies is not outrageous when they are the tools of your trade. As a 
scientist I own three calculators (and five general geology texts), and 
as an editor I own four dictionaries. I'm sure we could all come up with 
our own examples (how many mechanics own only one screwdriver?). I'm less 
impressed by the number of cameras he owns or the lights that twinkle on 
them than I am by the photographs he takes with them and the life that he 
lives in the process.


Charles E. Dunlap
Earth Sciences Dept.
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

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