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Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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Old 05-31-2011   #1
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I wish I'd never sold my...

... doesn't matter what. Two questions. First, why did you sell it? Second, why don't you replace it?

For me, the answers have almost always been first, I needed the money, and second, to be honest, I don't miss it that much. Occasionally, it's true, the second answer is that price is now so high that I can't afford it, or I simply can't find it; but even then, I can't help feeling that if I liked it that much, I'd find the money, or find the lens (or whatever).

What are your answers?

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Black Konica Hexar AF.
Sold it to buy my first M2.
Now I have 2 Leica film bodies and 2 digitals, so I don't really need another film camera.

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Sold for money and not buying it back because of money. It brought me good cash and I really needed that, but I keep being sad about it...
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Black Konica Hexar AF.
Sold it to buy my first M2.
Now I have 2 Leica film bodies and 2 digitals, so I don't really need another film camera.

Phil Forrest
Dear Phil,

Exactly. Neither need nor really want all that much. The nostalgia is in effect separate from the camera.

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Minolta Autocord. Has a lovely lens on it. However, 1/30th was inconsistent and PC was corroded. My cameras don't have to be pretty but I prefer everything works. The prices have really gone up more than my desire to replace it.
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Minolta Autocord. Has a lovely lens on it. However, 1/30th was inconsistent and PC was corroded. My cameras don't have to be pretty but I prefer everything works. The prices have really gone up more than my desire to replace it.
Beautifully phrased!

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Konica-M 90 / 2.8.

I now have another 90mm that I love, and use, even more. BUT I took two images I really like with the Konica. So if I'm emotionally attached to the images, I'm emotionally attached to the lens. Do I know that the Konica is the reason I like these two images? NO, it was probably just the right shot at the right time. Yet the lens gets all the credit...
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My old Contax G1 with 45mm Planar.

I sold it as I was saving up for something or other I can't remember. In the end, I got so little for it at the time that thinking back I kick myself for not just keeping it. Mostly, I miss the lens. I always seemed to get great shots with it (this is most definitely a statistical aberration which distorts my memory and emotions, but nonetheless...).

Currently, prices are so inflated that it's just not worth it. Maybe in the future I'll get another.
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I wish I never sold my first 35m camera, a Canon FTb bought brand new back in 1971. That's the camera which really got me interested in photography.

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Mamiya 7 with 65mm lens.
Sold it to buy a screwmount leica kit.
Will probably buy one again after I get a couple of Leica M lenses.
I have owned a Hasselblad SWC/M, and I actually liked the Mamiya even more! It's one of my favorite cameras that I've used.
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Old 05-31-2011   #13
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Had a camera stolen and only sold one over the years. About 25 years on I did replace the one that was stolen and it ended up being the only one I ever sold. It wasn't as good as I remembered ;-) and my eyes are not as good as they use to be.

I was able to sell it for what I paid, so no loss except for a few rolls of out-of-focus images.

Did move on from a few cameras that were left with family and friends but other than that I tend to keep what I buy...

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My word, i could hit with that beautiful machine.
sold it when i was in college to buy a zenit slr and couple of lenses. what a mistake, in effect trading one of the finest examples of firearms industrial art in the world for camera kit that immediately set about frustrating me.
no need to replace the shotgun. my father-in-law a few years ago gave me a world war II military police riot version of the winchester model 12. it's in 12 gauge and is all business.
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This is easy: My M2 with 35mm Summicron and 90mm Tele-Elmarit. Sold it 35 years ago to pay the rent. Times were tough, and I got terribly ripped-off by a grandfatherly man in New York. "The lenses are a disaster!" he said. "Fungus! I'll give you $200 for the two, and another $250 for the camera." Never having heard of fungus before, I caved, feeling guilty about my sloppy camera-storing habits. It wasn't until years later that I looked at the perfectly good final photos I had taken with the lenses, and realized I had been had. The end of youth, the beginning of cynicism.
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1989. Sold my Rolex Submariner for $600 to a pawnshop. I bought the watch a year earlier and pawned it once for money. Got it out of pawn before it's time was up and decided to sell it because I needed money. Back in those days I was carefree with money and never considered saving. Now it's kinda funny. I spend +$5000 for an ala carte M7, but think +$5000 for a watch is too expensive.
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I sold a handmade classical guitar to pay a fee instalment during my M.A. year and got but a fraction of its value. Having been through that I've never truly regretted selling anything since. For a while I missed a summicron r that had seen much better days & which I sold to get one in better condition. The replacement was never as good & I eventually sold all my r gear. More likely to regret purchases than sales - such as a CV 21/4 I just got to try ultra-wide again; immediately realised it's the wrong focal length for me.
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Νοthing really Roger... I've sold some expensive gear but never looked back. My test is infallible: if it's been sitting on the shelf for more than 6 months it's dead money and it has to go. Even if it's very cheap it still has to go to make room for books.
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My couple regrets include my Contax N Digitals and the related 85/1.4 N Zeiss lens. I miss the NDs as they have/had massive pixels that created a very unique look. The 85mm in N mount was a re-worked version of the 85/1.4 in C/Y mount and it was probably my favorite lens I have ever owned, very unique signature.

Why did I sell them... I wasn't using them that much and was concerned their prices would fall through the floor. They didn't. Oh well, live and learn!

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PS- Also regret selling my black S3 2000 Nikon but that is purely due to the fact it is the most beautiful camera I've owned, nothing to do with actually making pictures.
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My M4 IPSC race gun (rifle) & 12 gauge shotgun
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On a little different note, I've never sold any of my gear. Nobody wants it!

I did trade a MF camera that I wasn't using for store credit at our local real camera shop, though. But I don't miss it.

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I've never sold anything. I've traded away a few cameras and given away more, but the only one I regret letting go was my Pentax SL - and that only because I later found a 50mm f/1.4 SMC-Takumar, 50mm f/4 Marco-Takumar, and 35mm f/2 Super-Takumar sitting in the bottom of my box'o'bits and in need of a mount (manual-everything lenses on my Pentax K20D having lost their appeal by this time).

The tale has a happy ending, though - a £10 punt on eBay provided me with a tidy Fujica ST-705. Now I just have to avoid the temptation to use this as an excuse to buy more M42-mount lenses.
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I regret selling my 1966 Ducati Diana Mk3. Although it was a rational decision to sell, being rational isn't always rewarding, it is only being rational.
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My enlarger, darkroom timer and light. I never thought I would use it again - then I bought into M cameras... I haven't replaced it as I am not quite ready to rebuild a darkroom; I'm just frustrated I have to replace what I already had and liked.
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I haven't regretted selling anything yet. I am thinking of selling my M4 and I am not so sure I should do it. I have three other very nice Leicas to use. Jim
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My Nikon F and F2. I was moving out after a nasty breakup and offered up my Nikons to a guy at my epic yard sale. Sure, the meters in both were toast, and I got more than I paid for them, but still. Thinking of getting an F with a plain prism (cheaper than an F2 with same).

The FM I spent $3 on at KEH (an As-is I tore apart and fixed) netted $75 at the same sale. I do not miss that, hehe. The broken Canonet 17 G-III I sold for $50 made me happy, too. The couple crudely AI'd lenses that went with the cameras are not missed.

I only kept an old Ricoh my mom gave me, my F3 and an FM I bought on vacation. Only kept the F3 because it had a meter, and I had just bought the FM 2 months before and felt it hadn't had a good enough shake. Thinking about ditching the F3 and FM shortly (Don't need the meter, and the finder's too small on the FM for my taste). I keep forgetting to take pics of the cameras for a classified sale .
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Wish I'd not sold any Leica M lens as they are now almost too expensive to replace!
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51 ford pickup

it was many years ago .
1951 ford pickup - flat head v8 with dual water pumps .
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