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    Red face Cost per Image or ... how I can justify my Photography spend :)

    We all know about and suffer LBA (lens buying addiction) and GAS (gear acquisition syndrome).

    These conditions are incurable, so we need a way to justify our spend with Family and Friends (aka photographic subjects).

    Here is how you do it!

    What was your spend on photography in the last 5 years less any income received (lets say ~$12,000 and call that S)
    How many images have you kept in the last 5 years (not just taken) and are on your disk drives now (53,472 and call that C)

    CPI (cost per image) = S / C = ~$0.22 per image !!

    So the more pictures you take (and keep) the lower CPI becomes!!

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    you're on a rocky road if you try and justify camera gear acquisition financially ..... I prefer to go with..." you only live once"..and a all time favorite " you work hard have what you want while you can "
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    Kym, does your CPI trend with the CPI?

    I see the potential for a nightly news item...
    "...And the Australian cost-per-image index has taken a dive due to the lack of movement on the overseas camera markets..."

    Er, well, they always start with "and".
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    It's your personal CPI... If you buy hear make sure you takes lots of pics so the CPI will go down - easy!

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    A few lenses (mpe 65mm macro lens comes to mind) have produced priceless images for me, after an amazing shot you feel it is well justified. A few other lenses probably not so even though they are more expensive.

    Shooting a bit of film these days, roll of film $5-6, 10 shots, $10 development is $1.50 per image each one you do so gotta make sure it comes out nice
    1DIII, 5DII, 15mm fish, 24mm ts-e, 35L,135L,200L,400L,mpe-65mm
    Film: eos 300, pentax 6x7

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