Monday, July 10, 2017
McKeown's coverage of the film camera world really is exhaustive and pretty much unique. Every camera entry is accompanied by a clear illustration along with model history, production dates, features, and average used-market values. While "Price Guide" figures prominently in the title, by the time of the 7th Edition that aspect of the publication was very soon to be superseded in usefulness by up-to-the-minute price listings available on line.
Another interesting fact to note is that the prices listed in McKeown's from two decades ago are very little different from those seen today. In fact, if you take inflation into account, most old cameras have substantially decreased in value. A few iconic brands like Leica, Nikon and the Rolleis are selling now for two or three times the amounts listed in my 7th Edition, but again taking inflation into account, there has been only minimal increases in real value. I think what that reflects mostly is the phenomenal effect of the rise of auction sites on the World Wide Web. On line accessibility just overwhelmed the market.