One of The Largest Private Camera Collections In The World

Over the Christmas break, I was lucky enough to be invited for a private tour of one of the largest private camera collections in the world. To say that it blew my mind would be an understatement. It was fantastic.

With over 4500 cameras in his collection, Colin is spoiled for choice when heading out to take photos. He has an eye for a good buy and has used that eye a lot over the years! His recommendations when it came to the best old cameras to buy: “Anything Leica M6, people love Leica.””

So here are some of the shots I took of his collection. The visit was rather impromptu so I didn’t have time to prepare an interview. Only to ask the questions that came to mind as we rushed around the collection. So, eif you like cameras you will love this tour.

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  1. Hi Ben. I’ve enjoyed reading all the reviews of 35mm cameras you’ve put on this site. Now have you thought about the Leicaflex trio? I’ve used a pair of M3 and 35/50/90/135mm lenses with them since a legacy in 2007. Before I’d used Nikon F/F2/F3 ans an assortment of Nikkors. About four years ago, I was tempted by a Leicaflex SL body in a London dealer for £65 with non working meter. But everything else is good. I was amazed at the build quality of this 1971 body. As I like the 35mm focal length, I noticed subsequently that he had a Schneider Kreuznach P A Curtagon 35mm f4 lens. A shift lens. As my meter did not work, any ‘cams’ issues did not affect me at all. The P A Curtagon does not have cams. One stops the aperture down and takes the shot. Said dealer then had another, 1972 body, non-working meter. Similar price, so I bought it. I’m a fan of the Gossen Lunalite meter as it’s solid state. The 9v PP3 battery can even be bought in my rural village post office here in England. I subsequently bought more lenses: 35/2.8; 50/2; 90/2.8; 135/2.8; 180/2.8; 250/4. The latter pair are very heavy, have tripod mount and are used at village cricket matches. The 35 & 50 have series VI filter threads, the 90 has series VII. The 135 is 55mm threads. My boyfriend bought me a couple of lenses, also Jonathan East land’s book on the Leica R saga. He also sold the Nikon gear on eBay U.K. to help pay for the Leicaflex stuff.
    I sent to Germany for a black SL with working meter, although the correct battery is not available, it came with a Kodak 1.5v cell in it and readings are not far out! I use Ilford XP2 Super for mono and Kodak Ektar 100 for colour. Both have really wide latitude, so exposures with 1/2 to 1 stop out show very little difference between correct and what my meter gives me. Sometimes I back the aperture off by a half stop. These lenses have half stop detents. Although I have the M3 outfit, I also like the ‘flexes. However I noticed a while ago that the lenses were going up in price?
    Digital Johnny’s are buying them to use with Chinese made adapters to use on Japanese digital cameras. The Leicaflex SL2 was only made for two years -74-76 so still commands a good price. The original Leicaflex was slightly primitive meter and focus wise and not popular on the used market at the moment. The Leicaflex SL bodies can be had very reasonably especially if with non-working meter. Just estimate or use a handheld meter. Not difficult at all. Have a look, Ben.

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