January 1984 Prices


johnriley

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 14:37
I thought we might be interested in the prices from the Eric Fishwick catalogue, dated January 1984. We can all equate the info to what we earned at the time.
24mm f2.8 A 117.00
28mm f2 A 176.00
28mm f2.8 A 65.00
35mm f2 A 130.00
35mm f2.8 A 75.00
50mm f2 M 34.00
50mm f1.7 A 40.00
50mm f1.4 A 65.00
50mm f2.8 A Macro 113.00
135mm f2.8 A 75.00
200mm f4 A 103.00
300mm f4 A* 318.00
24-50mm f4 161.00
35-105mm f3.5 155.00
28-135mm f4 272.00
70-210-mm f4 155.00
100mm f4 Dental Macro 143.00
Close up lens set for above 72.00
Best regards, John
Last Edited by johnriley on 14/06/2012 - 14:38

MattMatic

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 14:59
The Historic Inflation Calculator is quite fun to compare these prices to today
http://www.mattmatic.co.uk
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Frogherder

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 15:00
My gross pay on 31st Jan 1984 was 663.58.

Might be called as SAD but I recorded my pay from the day I started work. In September 1966 it was 21 8s 4d (362 per annum)

In my entire working life I didn't gross 1/2M.

regards
Bernard

greynolds999

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 15:11
I had a paper round at the time. I think I earned 1 for the evening papers and 50p for the Sundays.

I saved for a year to buy a second hand camera (I think it was a Cosina) for 50!

And at the time I could then afford to buy and develop 1 roll of film a week.

I had (literally) no money for anything else!

(Who says school days are the best of your life? What utter rot).
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steven9761

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 15:42
I can't remember what I earned way back then. I do remember that when Pentax launched the ME Super I bought mine for about 150 from Dixons at the corner of Gordon Street, and Union Street in Glasgow. Since I worked a couple of doors along from there, I knoew the staff quite well, so I managed to get them to throw in 10 rolls of Kodak Colour 100ASA/ISO 24 exposure for free. Through time, I added lenses and stuff from other shops such as Elena Mae in Sauchiehall Street, or Lasky's in Buchanan Street (before they moved to West Nile Street - it's now the China Buffet King, I believe)....

Aaaaaah!!.. MEMORIES!!

beakynet

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 15:51
Interesting to note that in 1988 or 89 when I purchased my 50mm f1.4 A it cost me a staggering 100! The 50mm f1.2 A was 200 - I passed on that!
Bodies: K5IIs, K7, MZ5n, LX, MV
Lenses: DA*16-50, DA18-55WR, DA18-135, DAL35, M50 F2, A50 f1.4, FA50 f1.4, DA*50-135, DA55-300, Tamron 70-300, DFA 100 WR Macro, M135 f3.5, Sigma 120-400 APO DG HSM, Tokina 500 f8.0
Flash: Metz 58, Metz 48
Accessories: BG4, Pentax right angle finder, Pentax mirror adaptor lens, O-ME53 Viewfinder Loupe
Auto 110 System: Auto 110, Winder, 18mm, 24mm, 50mm, 70mm, 20-40mm, AF100P, 1.7x telecon

hkwiles

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 16:43
Dunno about 1984 but can remember my first wage after leaving Manchester Uni in 1966........900 a year ....remeber thinking ....1k would be nice.

Yes ...I'm one who managed to see England win a World Cup ..might not happened again in my lifetime .
Body: K7 of course !!
Lenses: DA18-55WR,DA50-200WR,FA50-1.4

steven9761

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 16:56
Quote:
Yes ...I'm one who managed to see England win a World Cup ..might not happen again in my lifetime .

I'm Scottish, so I'm saying nothing!!

Gwyn

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 17:00
My first wage, age 16 as a trainee draughtswoman was just 11 pounds a week. 10.52 after deductions. Somehow I managed to learn to drive, run a car, pay my mum bed and board and save money on that!

My next job, a year later, as a computer operator gave me an astounding 23 pounds a week take home pay.

Algernon

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 18:06
Jan. 1984 the UK photo industry was probably still in recession
and some dumping was probably going on

Zooms were all the rage around that time and the 50mm f/1.4 sounds
like it was being dumped. Evidence of the lack of interest in prime
lenses is that the A 135mm f/2.8's are very rare on the SH market
nowadays so they mustn't have sold well due to most zooms covering
135mm.
Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi

johnriley

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 18:08
Those were standard prices at the time Algi, no dumping going on as you put it. Prices just steadily and slightly increased as the years went by.
Best regards, John

greynolds999

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 19:05
Gwyn wrote:
My first wage, age 16 as a trainee draughtswoman was just 11 pounds a week. 10.52 after deductions. Somehow I managed to learn to drive, run a car, pay my mum bed and board and save money on that!

My next job, a year later, as a computer operator gave me an astounding 23 pounds a week take home pay.

There were computers when you were 17?
(Going to hide now)
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gtis

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 19:19
hi
when i started my apprenticeship in 1969 aged 15
i was paid 3-12-6 and out of that
i got 1-25 spending money
when i qualified at 20 i got
a staggering 40 a week
neil
cheers Neil
pentax k3
DA* 300 f4 DA* 50-135 f 2.8 smc DA* 16-50 f2.8 50mm f1.7 pentax1.4xhd converter





Panasonic Dmc Fz200
Last Edited by gtis on 14/06/2012 - 19:23

Frogherder

Link Posted 14/06/2012 - 20:30
The company that took me on for the above astounding salary in 1966 bought, for the drawing office, a calculator that was built into a desk the size of an A0 board and had to employ a girl especially to enter the data. She was called a computer.

In those days we all aspired to Otis King slide rules and only a very few years later I built a Sinclar Cambridge calculator that did everything that the drawing offie one did apart from printing the answer.

regards
Bernard

Oso

Link Posted 15/06/2012 - 09:03
Some prices from The Photographic Blue Book, Wallace Heaton Ltd.
dated July 1954:

Box Cameras
Ensign Ful-Vue Super 2 19s 8p + 12s 8p for Ever-Ready Case
Agfa Synchro Box Camera 2 9s 0p + 8s 0p for Canvas Case
Six-20 Brownie(Brownie E)2 15s 8p + 7s 3p for Canvas Case
Zeiss Box Tengor 6 2s 0p + 8s 8p for Canvas Case
Luxette with flash contact 5 14s 6p + 1 1s 6p for Imitation Leather Case

Roll Film Cameras (3.25 x 2.25 in.)

Ensign Snapper 5 10s 8p + 1 1s 11p for Ever-Ready case
Ensign Clubman 12 8s 6p + 1 1s 11p for Ever-Ready Case
Voigtlander Bessa I 23 10s 5p + 2 19s 8p for Leather Case

35mm Miniature Cameras

Zeiss Ikon Contina 20 2s 10p
Reid Camera 120 0s 0p + 4 0s 0p Leather ever-Ready Case
Wrayflex c/w 50mm, f2 95 8s 0p + 3 3s 7p Ever-Ready Leather Case
Alpa Alnea c/w 50mm f2.5 Xenon 215 6s 3p + 9 2s 2p

Hasselblad 1000F 299 0s 0p Lens not included, e.g.Sonnar f3.5,
13.5 170 18s 7p

Note on Leica & Rolleiflex Cameras

These Cameras are at present not freely available owning to import restrictions. Genuine priority needs are, however, considered by the Board of Trade.

etc. Regards

Oso
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