Anyone with photography experience will attest to the fact that setting up with the correct camera equipment can be very expensive, especially if the person is hoping to make a career out of it. The camera body is just the start, but a good lens, a tripod, SD card, and so much more is needed to complete the package, not to mention having it all properly insured. But all these costs pale in comparison to the high asking prices of the following cameras.
1. Mamiya Leaf Credo 80MP
This is a camera that has been on the market for a number of years thanks to its advanced design and versatility.
Its high definition Live View functionality that offers a wide viewing angle on top of a multi-directional spirit level means it comes with a price of $36000. Its designed is based on open platform philosophy, and its compatible with a range of medium format cameras.
2. Phase One IQ4
The IQ4 is the latest from extremely popular camera producer Phase One, and the company is asking for over $50000 for one of their creations. It comes in three medium format models that are based on the brand’s well-known Infinity Platform, where the cameras come with image processing capabilities baked directly into the hardware.
The Phase One range is totally open platform and modular, meaning that buying it is a once in a lifetime investment as the camera can be modded and upgraded down the line.
3. Hasselblad H6D 400C
At the forefront of modern film making is the H6D 400C, a powerful camera that is able to combine six different exposures in a single image that can be up to 400 megapixels. The camera is most often used to create artwork pieces in museums around the world, or for art reproductions. Due to the niche nature of its usage, getting a hold of one of these would set the photographer back around $50000.
4. Panoscan MK-3 Panoramic
The MK-3 Is a popular choice for anyone that needs the gear to take birds eye view photography. It has the ability to scan 360-degree cameras in a single shot that require no post processing once completed.
It’s most commonly used to create those very flat panoramas, or to make virtual reality-based movies that are becoming more popular among VR players. All this technology isn’t cheap, however, as it comes with a price tag of $60000, which is the kind of money that is usually found through big bets for fans.
5. Leica 0-Series Number 122
Arguably the rarest camera in existence, this Leica was first released in 1923, and was bought by a private collector for a massive $3 million during an auction that took place in Vienna. There were only 25 of these cameras ever made, and only three of them have been officially confirmed to be in original condition. Today, the company is still going strong, and is still producing high quality cameras for average users.