A more selective collection


As well as a photographer, I’m a camera collector. Not all cameras, only film classics. Those that have been praised for years as sign of excellence. Unfortunately, my budget is limited, so my collection is limited as well. I had to choose very wisely and scavenge a lot to gather these little gems. Each one chosen to be used, a lot and for specific purposes. Let me introduce my humble collection:

  • Leica M6 Classic, with three amazing lenses, Leica Elmarit-M 28mm ASPH, Leitz Summicron 50mm type IV and Canon LTM 50mm f/1.4 (Japanese Summilux)
  • Mamiya 645 Super, with a Mamiya-Sekor 150mm f/3.5 and 80mm f/2.8
  • Olympus 35SP Chrome
  • Canon Canonet QL17 GIII Japan black version
  • Polaroid ย Automatic Land 250, with Zeiss rangefinder
  • Polaroid SX-70 Alpha

What do you make of this list? Well, first I suppose I like rangefinders. Four of them are brilliant rangefinders. Two are bigger format SLR, which tells you I’m not a fan of full frame SLR. I have serious issues focusing with small SLR cameras, my sight is not good enough.

I have a thing for anything close to 50mm focal range, four of these are in the range 40-50mm. Each has its purpose as well.

Leica is my primary photography tool, no doubts. Olympus and Canon are two bodies for traveling where I won’t risk to bring my Leica, but also for quick B&W/Color shooting, they are very very similar.

Polaroids are for fun, I cannot afford to use them all the time.

Did you notice the intruder? And the missing one?

Did you notice the intruder? And the missing one?

Medium format Mamiya is kind of oddball here, because it’s a portrait camera in this configuration. I have a project in mind with this one, but it’s too early to talk about it.

Aside from these, I have some digital backups, that I use mostly to take pictures for this blog, mostly while traveling. I admit that I use a lot my Fuji X100 when I need high ISO at night. It’s such a good camera and delivers very film-like results. I wouldn’t have one if it didn’t ๐Ÿ˜‰

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3 responses

  1. It’s rather impressive how small your collection is ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know how hard that is, but I’m making progress in that direction, too. No rangefinders for me though.

    July 4, 2013 at 13:28

    • Well, considering some people I know, IT IS small ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, if you exclude any Leica item, you can find very good used items at photo fairs or trusted japanese contacts. If I look for a rare item I’d contact Bellamy Hunt (japancamerahunter.com) or Ebay seller sangetsu03. For russian cameras/lenses I check on caxa2002 (Ebay). If you look for some Olympus tweet @lamlux, he’s a real camera hound ๐Ÿ™‚

      July 4, 2013 at 13:39

      • Thanks for the tips. But I’m already at the point where I’m selling part of my collection. I have my favourites already (Rolleiflex T, Pentacon Six, Canon A-1, Coronet Commander).

        As for @lamlux: He’s mentioned the Ricoh R1 which wasn’t that nice of him ๐Ÿ˜‰

        July 4, 2013 at 13:42