And so, perhaps, a dilemma...

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Isoterica, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    So I bought this wonderful X100s a few months back and outside of when I first got it, due to school and a hectic life.. it's now sitting and collecting dust and I feel guilt for having invested so much and not being able to use it. Do I sell it.. my daughter could use more towards her study abroad and selling off gear I don't use makes more sense than pulling out of the bank.. or.. I don't know, do I just wait it out, hope one day my time might free up. It doesn't seem like they are so in demand anymore either so I dunno.. I'm not going to dump it for nothing, it's flawless with a new ciesta leather halfcase/strap/lens cover, ggs lcd protector, has the adapter and hood, two extra batteries, a fuji filter, two b+h filters (polarizer and 10 closeup).. I'd have no use for the extras without it so probably would just sell it all as a package. Or again should I sit on it and let it collect a bit more dust in hopes that I will get out to shoot again? Suggestions? I felt remorse for spending so much to buy it but again Iove shooting with it, I just don't photograph anything anymore, with any camera.
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  2. Fiddler

    Fiddler Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I would keep it. A time will come when you have more time for photography, and when it does, you'll have a beautiful camera there, ready to be used.
  3. Hyubie

    Hyubie Top Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011
    If I found myself in your position I'd probably keep it if it's the only camera I have. If not I'd seriously think about which one to sell. I usually don't like selling stuff (sometimes hate it even more if I'm absorbing a loss) but I also hate sitting money if I can use it somewhere. If you think this funk is long-term I'd sell most. Otherwise I'll let it blow over.

    Ok end of rambling.

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  4. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    2 more years of school plus clinicals, if I can hack it.. including summer-- this far all the medical has been extremely time devouring. That's what I'm looking at. As for numerous cameras, I have film cameras and a little dslr that I need to keep because my daughter will have a couple photography classes and require it. That's why I'm conflicted.
  5. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    If you sell it you're going to be taking a hit on the price you paid even if you do get a good deal. Down the line if the opportunity does arise to start shooting again you'll be looking for a camera. If the money isn't urgently needed I go with Colin and suggest you hang on to it.
  6. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    I'm not a buy and sell person. But I've also not spent this much before and like I said I feel bad. I also bought web space and set up a site but have no time to put photos on it. Sigh.
  7. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    If you are not using it, sell it. Somewhere down the road, when you have more time, you can always get a pre-loved one for probably less than yours is worth now.
  8. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I do a yearly "activity check". If I haven't used a camera or lens in the previous 12 months and there is no emotional attachment (ie my film Leicas) I flog it.

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  9. I think this is the crux of the matter... you love it, but you aren't shooting (and its not worth much on the marketplace)... I'm in the same boat with nearly all my cameras, not shooting much, due to current health restraints, but I know that will change. Can you say you will never shoot anything again? If so, get rid of it. If not, keep it. The thing is, Murphy's Law being what it is, the very week you sell or give it away and its out of your hands, you'll find a use for it. And replacing it won't be cheap.

    My vote (if I have one) is to hang onto it. Thats what I've decided to do with my relatively worthless K5, which is still an excellent camera.
  10. ivoire

    ivoire All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    If it were me, based on not using it and having no interest, I'd sell now. The value will only decrease over time
  11. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    I am seriously considering buying one. If I decide to do so, it will be a keeper and rather sell the x-pro1 and x-t1. It is an "can-always-stay-with-you" camera with a hybrid viewfinder and the most flexible focal length. Perfect for walks, bike rides, family events. Even work.

    So my advice: keep it and promise yourself to bring it with you when you go out.

    Good luck with your decision process.

  12. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    With most gear I would say "sell it." But with that camera in particular, it's such a well-realized device in every important way that I would say hang on to it. You know you enjoy using it, you have a complete package, and it can't tempt you into spending more money like an ILC could. Park it on a shelf for 6 more months if you have to, but work on the actual problem at hand: the funk you're in.
  13. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    The only thing that's tempting me is the 50mm adapter lens and I still haven't gotten my bday present, and it's a month past but I also can't justify collecting just to collect. I'm not sure I will get out of the funk because going back to college isn't a funk even if it destroys all my free time, it's an important decision I had to make, regardless of my wavering health. It really is a keeper camera unless it just.. withers with disuse. Do they get bad just sitting? I did use it once, too, I took it out on a warmer day a couple weeks ago and essentially forgot how it worked, had to fiddle with it like I just picked up a new thing, nothing I shot was a keeper. I can't say I'll never shoot again, not sure anyone could say that.. and Murphy likes to kick me in the .... Btw I should be studying for a midterm but one must take small breaks or it gets to where the brain ceases to function. I say this as I stare down at the brain in my book :p
  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    it sounds like it's a burden on your mind just sitting on the shelf. I'd cash it out while it's still current. A free mind is worth more than the financial loss you will take selling it. And you still have other image making devices at your disposal should you need to scratch that itch.
  15. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Thanks all.