So I just thought you might find this story a little interesting.......
So my neighbour is a cameraman for a network here in Canada, he shoots the on scene news stuff. One day he comes home, and I see him in the drive way bringing his camera from the van into the house. He puts in down in the driveway and we have a little chat.
I look at his camera and ask if I can take a look at it. It's a nice looking Sony. I pick it up and start messing around with it, he tells me it records directly onto blue-ray cartridges, which I thought was cool. I played with the zoom a little, the playback, and put it down.
As our conversation continued I tried to price a rig like that in my head. I think 10k, 12k? It is professional after all. So I ask him how much. $80,000 he tells me! The camera body is 25k, the lens is 35k, the LCD screen is 12k, and the wireless link dealio is 8k. Now I'm glad I din't drop it!
Obviously gear like this is company provided, but next time I complain about consumer level prices, I'll try and remember that.