I had the opportunity to use the Hasselblad H4D and PhaseOne P45+ and IQ160 on several occasions.
I'm really stoked by the image quality they deliver but felt really comfortable using the PhaseOne system.
So I've been thinking about making the move into the medium format world for about a year at least.
Living in uncertain times right now I'm not sure if it is a good idea to spend so much money.
I'm just finishing my bachelor thesis in about 2 months and from there on everything still seems doubtful in terms of future work or internship abroad.
I'm not a starving student are anything like that. I do have to money for a medium format system and I do not need to raise a credit to buy me into the medium format world.
But with all that in mind I was thinking about how good the resale value of a PhaseOne medium format system is right now.
It might be the case that I'll need that money in one or two years and will have to sell the whole system.
So does anyone of you know anything about the resale value? Any experiences?
Other than that where would you sell the system? Would you insert it on a forum like this or does PhaseOne buy those used systems?
Also I'm thinking about an IQ160 or IQ260 right now.
I'm not shooting a lot in a studio... most of the time I'm on location and need to judge the image on the screen. So the P+ series is not an option for me right now.
I hope someone can help me with my decision.
Thanks a lit in advance and Happy Easter to everyone!
Hi Sebastian -
Anytime a client mentions concerns over money, there is reason for caution. You may have your own reasons for your financial concern. You are probably the best shepherd for those concerns. However, one thing for sure - digital camera depreciation is very real. Typically digital cameras can lose 2/3 of their value in just a few short years. This goes for all digital cameras
, not just medium format. However, medium format costs more, so the dollar cost of the loss of value will of course be higher. You just need to know for yourself if your purchase puts you into a position you'll regret later. It may or it may not, you'll know more than others not as familiar with your circumstances. But don't count on the resale value of any digital camera holding up so well.
That said, in general, I like to think of medium format digital products as long term investments. They are not just a computer that takes pictures, as Nick's friend said. Computers really only do one thing of value - which is make fast calculations. Cameras, on the other hand - even digital cameras - create images of a certain quality. From that standpoint, if the usability is adequate and the image quality suffices for anything you would use it for, then the longevity of a digital camera can far exceed a computer. From that standpoint, a digital camera could actually have greater value and even usability, compared to a film-based camera. I have many clients using the same digital back they purchased 5,6,7 years ago - damn them!
*The digital camera you purchase will lose a majority of value over 3 years or longer
*If it is medium format digital, it could be a big number!
*If you buy what will resolve your needs regardless of whatever comes next, you may be ok and use that product for a very long time
*If you feel some concern about needing that investment back in cash in 2-3 years, listen to those concerns and proceed with caution. Don't rush things.