I've been thinking about this for a while now but just could not place my finger as to what is really bothering me and decided to just simply write my thoughts down.
So here's the context of things:
I was at the talk by David (fatigue) during the CS 10th Anniversary celebrations at SAM (and I must say it had been a most educational talk). Towards the end a question was asked about the focus ring of a 50 1.4 and why/what would cause the focus ring to become a little stiff with a grinding feel. While David was explaining the possible cause(s) and showing us how it could be fixed, I overheard a fellow Snapper commenting on why don't the owner simply buy another copy instead.
So the immediate question that came to mind is - What? But another copy of the lens would be at least 400++! Did that person misheard and thought the lens was a 50 1.8? I don't think that repairing the focus ring would cost that much and $400 would buy me 200 double cheeseburgers or 150 plates of chicken rice! (ok odd way of comparing but I used to, and still do apparently, compare the worth of something to me comfort foods)
The question is have we "lost" our sense of value? While I do admit to really find buying and using a new lens satisfying and that I've grown to see how a good lens costing four digits is often worth its price but do we simply place our money down to buy another copy of a lens we own just simply because we could? Are we being overly practical or am I being a little too attached to the things I own? Have we reached a point where we think "it's only $400"?
I wonder if anyone of us out there would ever think - "hmmm its only the price of five 24-70 lenses. How affordable!"