There was a time when the purchase of a professional quality camera set you up for decades of productive work. Cameras such as the Swedish-built Hasselblad 500C (pictured above) cost a lot, but they also held their value well. A photographer could buy one, use it for 10 years and sell it for a good price (in inflationary times it could bring as much as he paid for it).
The premium German-made lenses guaranteed sharp, contrasty images with lots of detail, and the much larger than 35mm transparencies and negatives ensured enlargements that looked fantastic. This camera was the work horse of the photo industry.
Fast forward to today, when digital photography has not only dethroned film, it has put a stake through its heart and cast it by the side of the road. Now beginner cameras cost what the former king of the pack is worth, and the pro level cameras (which are indeed formidable machines in every respect) cost more than I’ve ever spent on an automobile (OK, I’m a cheapskate), and loose half their value in 3 years or less.
I’ll quit complaining now, I think I’ve got it out of my system for a while.