It’s bananas…. Here in the UK, Tesco managed to get them themselves some free publicity on the BBC news website over bananas.
Apparently their inner city stores (due to increased rents) are now charging by the banana rather than weight. Effectively this means the price of said bananas has increased from between 10 and 15p to 25p each according to the article.
Now let’s put that in some photographic context:
A Nikon D850 body only was less than £3000 in May of this year. It is currently between £3249 and £3499. There is a similar price range for the Canon 5Dmkiv. A Nikon D7200 is now £150 more than in May. (Source camerapricebuster.co.uk, today’s date).
I’ve written before that camera prices have been nudging up slowly without anyone really noticing.
The new mirrorless offerings from Canon and Nikon are starting around the £2k bracket. With what appears to be at first sight an accompanying bump upwards in lens prices.
I’m not sure I could bring myself to spend the larger sums of money now being asked for the current mirrorless cameras AND the lenses. No matter how good they are, you are going to need deep pockets.
Hopefully prices of used gear will remain sensible.
It’s interesting how the price of bananas gets people riled up, but the £2k+ prices of new cameras just seems to be accepted.
The mirrorless offerings still seem evolutionary rather than revolutionary. They only took the mirror box out and that took Nikon 19 years.
I’m still thinking this won’t be enough to encourage ‘new’ people to jump onto the band wagon and give a much needed increase to sales.
From what I’ve seen so far, camera manufacturers are still largely ignoring the kind of workflow improvements needed to attract the smartphone buyers.
Eventually the big camera companies may cotton on and stop the ‘ we need to release a new product that’s good but won’t cannibalise our current models’ syndrome.
Until then will photographers quietly put up with increasing prices for not a lot more?
Cos if we do ….it’s bananas I tell ya 😀