When you guys say $3500, it equates to R40 000 (South African rands). Can you guys imagine paying $40k for a camera?
As Neuro said, everything is relative.
Even here, to put it in perspective, if someone happens to be a "minimum wage" earner and that is a good many invisible souls here in the US... after ancillary deductions, $3500 would be ~4 or 5 months’ worth of their earnings if they don't eat or pay rent...
In fact, $3500 in the US is still a significant amount of money and is beyond justifiable reach for a large spectrum of middle class earners with common obligations...those with families, bills, kids, college funds, mortgages...it is also beyond justification for many small businesses who struggle to pay commercial rent, taxes, utility and insurance bills, and salaries.
For many new graduates it would be at least 3 or 4 months’ rent.
Don't assume it is easy anywhere....most of us nutty addicts on CR may give the impression that "wonder gear" at any cost is justifiable...
Justifiable, may be... practicable or achievable...not always. And thankfully so....as it makes us cherish what we do have.