All my old professional cameras turmed into paper weights.
Back in the days when digital cameras were just being invented most experts in photography did not think that digital cameras would take over the processional market very quickly. So, many of us hung on to our arsenal of expensive film cameras until it was too late to recoup their value. I still have two Hasselblads, a 500 ELM and a Super Wide, plus five Nikons, some with motor drives. They are accompanies by a dozen Nikkor lens from 15 mm to 500 mm; Plus a 17mm & 600 mm Takumar lens that were converted to Nikon mounts. The two Blads cost me roughly $2500 to $3500 in the early 1970’s. In today’s money that would be equivalent to about 40K. I also kept my underwater ikelite Nikon F housing,150 Strobe, and Sekonic U/W meter.
Since i retired before the advent of digital
cameras i just hung on to my old stuff out of posterity.
I also built a temperature controlled darkroom in a Kendall Miami house. I was able to print up to 16 x20 inch prints from 35mm to 4x5 negatives using top of the line enlarging lens. I also printed color Cibachromes up to 16 x20 inches from 35 mm slides. The chemicals for Ciba’s were so dangerous I am lucky to be alive. Fortunately, I used a breathing mask made for miners, but even that was not sufficient according to documents that advised that one needed a portable oxygen system on a ceiling track to avoid nerve damage. The darkroom equipment was sold all over the world on eBay. The enlargers were sold locally due to the fragile glass condensers and the weight.
I am surprised that some of these old film cameras are rising in value. I suppose that is due to nostalgia and collectors.