Upload & Sell: Off
True value of a camera? What does that mean? based on Yen the 5D III costs as much as the 5D II did when it was introduced 4 years ago. So what is the truth?
It is fact that the same gear in the united states is sold for less then here in germany even though the averages income in the states is higher (2010). It is fact that the same camera (5D III) is offered more expensive in UK than in germany, too. Even the averadge income (per year) is nearly 5000 $ less than here in germany. So the final prices in some countries does not seem to have much to do with exchange rates, I guess.
On the other hand UK has a great cost free health system, we (germany) have a trustable one that takes 15,5% of our income (!). In the united states (as far as I know - correct me if I am wrong) if you do not work for a great company, that insures you, you have to pay a fortune for getting any health insurance and the health care system for the average person is far away from beeing trustable.
If you respect health insurance costs, the average uk person earns more money than the average german. UK house prices are a joke compared to germany (imo), food is much more expensive. Beer, too.
I guess Robert is right. The true value of a camera is exactly what people pay for it.
If only few purchase a body at the asked price,
- it will become cheaper
- it will disappear
- or it might be sold much more expensive to a small target group
The value of any gear does not reflect its developing or production costs allone. Value is what people attach to a product:
I was planing to purchase a 5D III around december to february. Not because it might be cheaper then but just because I might be able to afford it around this time.
A D800 is cheaper. But it has no value (for me). I would not purchase one even it would cost 1000 € less the 5D III. But now there is a 6D. And it looks like this cameras value is even higher (again: for me). And again I do not care about a D600. My existing bodies value is same for me (or even higher respecting the fact that my old camera already gave me the last 3.5 years, what D600 offers now).
You have to find out yourself what value wich camera offers to YOU.