I just got a $500 bid for my Bang and Olufsen Beomaster 9000 stereo system with the 2 6-foot high Penta standing speakers.
I am delighted.
Only a few years ago, the Beomaster was ‘state of the art’. The speakers alone were about $5000, and the Beomaster probably another $5k. Today, $500 bucks plus shipping charges and I am delighted to see it go. How very fast technology now changes.
Gordon Moore predicted that processor speed would double every 18 months (with a halving of cost). So far, forty years later, he is still on course. And the impact of that seemingly irresistable law of physics is all around us.
Next, I am putting the Leica M7 on the eBay block. Now that I have the digital M8, I never even use the film based M7. So I called Ken Hansen, great guy, who sells me all my Leica stuff. Did he want to buy back the Leica (which he sold to me about 4 years ago for about $6,000, if I remember correctly. Ken sheepishly said the most he could offer was $1200 for the body. That’s a big drop, with with the advent of the M8, the market for the M7, indeed for most film-based cameras, has all but evaporated. I understand. I don’t want the M7 either.
All this brings me to my iPod.
I found it in a bag in my desk drawer. My first iPod.
I remember when I first got it. It was state of the art. And expensive.
I just bought the new mini nano. 8gigs. 5 hours of movies (movies!) on a single charge.
And… in 5 years I will look at it as yet another giant paperweight to be disposed of. (Maybe less than 5 years).
All of which brings us back to cameras, edits and the ‘revolution’.
It all gets smaller, faster, cheaper and better. And the changes come faster and faster. Video cameras and edits included.
The change is inevitable and irreversible.
(and if you are interested in the M7 (or the B&O (or the iPod, for some strange reason))), lemme know!