Thursday, August 25, 2005

Used gas guzzlers

Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

James Boren of Lumberton inspects a used 2002 Chevy Tahoe he expected to buy at Classic Chevrolet in Beaumont on Friday, August 19, 2005. Gasoline prices have created an excess of large used trucks for sale while new car sales have moved toward more fuel efficient vehicles.


Arthur said...

about the stringer thing you posted before. I imagine that stringers aren't paid much. But I'm wondering how much that small amount is (for the smaller papers that one would start with). Is this something I can tell my wife that it will pay for my 70-200 lens? :)

Mark M. Hancock said...

It depends on how small the paper is. Some pay insulting amounts or nothing at all. A legitimate community newspaper will normally pay about $25 to $40 per shoot and an additional $15 for secondary images. They let the PJ keep the rights, but want perpetual use of the images they choose and pay $15 each time - if reminded.
For ambitious hobbyists, they can make up much of the difference on the back-end selling to parents.

You can pick up a used 70~200 f/2.8 lens for around $750. At these rates, it would take about 3 to 6 Fridays to pay for only the lens, but gas prices eat into profits.