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Old 01-04-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
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Do you hang on to your old cameras or do you sell them?

Just curious.

How do you decide whether to sell or keep?


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Old 01-04-2013, 06:06 PM   #2
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I generally use a camera too long for it to have any resale value.

I could understand the selling thing if I bought a new camera every year.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:17 PM   #3
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Agree with hakepb.... That and laziness. Just out of ease, I did send my Sony A100 into Amazon for about $40. If I had gone through the trouble of selling it on ebay myself, maybe it would have gone for $100-150.
But for example.. and old point and shoot that I bought for $300, that is worth $40 on ebay now.. Not worth the trouble of selling, and I can always give it to my kids, or have an extra backup camera.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:23 PM   #4
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I gave my point and shoot to my daughter.

I gave our original digital Rebel to my sister.

I use the XSi as backup with the 60D as my main camera.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:48 PM   #5
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I keep all of mine. I become emotionally attached to my cameras and just can't say goodbye.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:49 PM   #6
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I have always used mine until they died. Until this time. I kept my Xsi as a backup to my T2i. It's nice knowing I won't be caught without one if something happens. When I sent the T2i in with a couple lenses for calibration, it was really nice not freaking about how long it might be gone.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:28 PM   #7
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In most instances, I will sell my old camera to finance the purchase of a new one.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:38 PM   #8
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I sold all my DX gear when I went full frame and don't regret it. However, I kept my D700 when I recently bought the D800. They each serve a different purpose now.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:04 PM   #9
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As long as they are functional, I will keep them. I'm currently using my older DSLR as my second/backup camera. When I carry two, I will use my f4 zoom (100-300) lens on the newer camera because it has a more usable ISO range and my f2.8's (70-200 or 28-70) on the older one. The DW also has her DSLR and her film SLR.
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I keep them all and hope to pass them down to my son and daughters. I would love if they picked up the hobby and went out with me.
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I have kept all of my cameras in the past but have been considering selling my current body when I get a new one. It's still got enough value to make it worth it.

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Old 01-04-2013, 11:49 PM   #12
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I hold on to all my old stuff, mostly just because I like collecting old photography equipment, other times to be able to go back and shoot film. Shooting film really keeps your skills sharp and I think makes you a better digital photographer. Though I still shoot mostly digital.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:16 AM   #13
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I do a little of both.
I just sold a d60 that had not been used in quite awhile, still have my Pentax K1000 from 30 years ago, cannot bear to part with an Nikon fm2 that I will probably never use again but it is in mint condition. My main camera is a d90 that is getting older but not seeing any need to upgrade.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:03 AM   #14
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While I still have all my film stuff from back in the day, I do sell the digital. I have sold my D70, given my son my D200. Like William I am getting ready to sell all my DX stuff since I have gone full frame. I would give some of the stuff to my son but he also is looking to go full frame with the release of the D600 so I will probably sell the D300 and assorted DX lens.

I too become emotionally attached to them. I could never sell my F2 or FE and will sometimes attach the old manual focus to the Digital. the 55mm macro is still a great lens.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:39 AM   #15
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I sold my D40 with kit lens and put the money towards my D90 about 18 months ago. I was able to buy the body only as I had already purchased the 18-105 lens when I had the D40. However when I do eventually upgrade from what I have, I would rather keep the D90. I love my camera so I'm not looking to change for at least another year, or possibly longer and I doubt it will fetch much to make it worth the hassle of a sale by then.
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