Camera collecting and memorabilia
My grandparents and family. My mum is in the back row, right side.I always liked to go to my grandparents down the road to look at old pictures in their photo album. Here were pictures of people all dressed up in long black dresses and black suits with funny hats and nobody was smiling.

As our family grew up, we ourselves became the subject of many a relative's camera lens, we hated the dressing up, but at least they always asked us to smile. Much later, guess what, we subjected all our kids and relatives to the same ordeal. As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by cameras and the hocus-pocus of seeing an image develop. As life progressed, obsession with cameras and gadgets was replaced by mortgage and more necessary things of life, until about five years ago, when I was given a McKeown's camera catalogue. Wow, here were more cameras than you could poke a stick at. That started it all. I polished up my old Praktika IV and put it in the china cabinet. For a while, no Box Brownie in a junk shop was safe from my gaze. Some of my fellow camera collectors and I thought it would be a good idea to promote the hobby by displaying some of our accumulations on the 'net in the hope that others too may develop an interest in this fascinating hobby. If you live in Australia, there is a worthwhile bi-monthly magazine called "Photographic Trader", run by Neil Smith neil@phototrader.com.au which offers a national marketplace for collectors to buy and trade their collections. The magazine is sold at most of the larger news agents, or you can subscribe direct. Every issue, a number of contributors discuss the intricacies of some of their collections. If you have any interest in collecting, buying or selling your collectible camera, feel free to click on the mail button beside each picture and send me some mail. I will endeavour to reply quickly.

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If you wish to submit a photo of your collectible camera, please mail to Freeman Planning and we will consider it for inclusion. Photos will be updated at least monthly if we have your interest. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger picture and download if you wish. Have fun!

Press the button at left to see a list of items wanted for our collections. Press the button at left to see a text list of items for sale or swap.

Buttons at the right of the following table denote whether the camera is for sale, part of a collection, or we want to buy

A green reply button: the camera is for sale A yellow reply button: the camera is part of a collection, not for sale, but if you REALLY want it, send e-mail A red reply button: sorry, this item is not for sale
Sinar "P" outfit, three lenses, lots of accessories. In excellent-plus condition. See "for sale" page for full description. Swiss precision at its best.
Nikon F2 AS DATA set. One of the rarest Nikon SLRs, with only around 1000 made. No problems with Year 2000 compliance: it has a mechanical clock and calendar!
Leicaflex "original" Introduced in 1964. With Black Summicron "R" 50mm f2 lens (not shown here).
EHO Altix 4, 1955 model, first 24 x 36 mm "standard" format from this maker. Trioplan f2.9 lens. Made in Dresden, Germany.
Paillard Bolex anamorphic lens WANTED, for H16 reflex with turret as shown on the picture. Please click on the button at right to reply by e-mail, stating condition and price.
Argus C3 camera, affectionally called "The Brick" (wonder why?). Made in the USA from 1939 to 1966, so there must be squillions of them. Not common in Australia.
Voigtlander Bessamatic SLR of about 1959, with 135 mm telephoto lens next to it. Still a very usable camera and looking quite smart.
Rodenstock 300 mm f5.6 MC lens for 8x10, in Copal #3 shutter, T,B,1-125 sec, shown here mounted on ToyoView 159x159 mm lensboard, magnificent lens for large format portraiture. This lens is being offered for sale with the "Sinar" outfit at the beginning of the list, or separately. See the "for sale" page.
Kodak six-20 Box Brownie "F", the last model and the rarest. We are looking for one in MINT condition, preferably with matching flash, for one of our members.
Canon "P", 35 mm CRF Camera, metal FP shutter, Screw mount CANON, lens 50mm/f2.8, factory lightmeter, desirable collectable camera from around 1958.
Another Canon "P", 35 mm CRF Camera, metal FP shutter, Screw mount CANON, lens 50mm/f2.8, factory lightmeter. Also from around 1958.
Contax 1a. 35mm CRF. Body & back have matched ser. nos.in the "AU" range, Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar f2.8/5cm, Very uncommon in this condition. Think back to 1932 for this one.
Contax 3a, first model, 35mm, CRF, T,B,1-1/1250 FP shutter, uncoupled meter, in almost pristine condition. Made about 1952.
Crystar model 15 (?) But marked differences as this one has a range finder. Dual format 120 film camera from Japan. About 1954.
Nikon F2S photomic, chrome body, 1-2000S, last of the all mechanical Nikons, with all the go-fast bits that make this a collectable edition. Made around 1973.
FED 3 35mm camera from about 1962 / 63. Industar 26M lens (52mm f2.8). We accidentally found out that the letters FED are the initials of Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky, founder of the Soviet secret police. How about that for trivia!
FED type 5 CRF, FP shutter, B, 1-500, flash synch at 1/30, Industar 61 lens, 55mm, f2.8, in almost new condition. The FED that no longer looked like a leica copy.
Ross Ensign Fulvue Super camera for 120 film, about 1950. Two-piece injection moulded plastic with metal removable back and two flash contacts on the left side.
Hewlett-Packard oscilloscope camera, Polaroid back, mains operated, electronic shutter, internal bellows focussing. Unusual!
Zeiss Ikon Voigtlander Icarex 35 model TM, with Carl Zeiss Ultron 50mm lens. Magnificent German precision and guaranteed to outlast the original owner! This one from about 1971.
Kiev 4A camera. Originally made from genuine Zeiss Contax parts, later models like this one were only slightly modified from the Contax 2 "look". This one as new, from 1958.
Leica 3C, 1946, CRF camera, with Summitar f2/50 mm lens. Classic!
Lens shade, professional bellows type, for medium format still, Cine or video camera, includes camera mounting platform. About 1963. They don't make 'em like this any more.
Nikon F "red dot" model, 1965; factory modified to accept the photomic head. Much rarer than regular Fs of the same vintage. As most were sold to working photographers, few remain in original condition.
Nikon F, 1972; the last "F", and except for the squarer edges, looking like the F2, production of which had started the year before.
Noct-Nikkor 58 mm f1.2, AI model, boxed, original Nikon warranty, both caps. Never bettered!
Agfa Optima 1, supposedly the first fully automatic camera in the world. We are looking for the twin-lens reflex version; see the "wanted" page.
Praktiflex FX, with the optional Carl Zeiss pentaprism, which made the viewed image appear as though it was at the end of a tunnel! Made in 1955 and the forerunner of the Praktica 4.
Rolleiflex 3.5F, model 5, commenced production in 1979. Even though many thousands were made, this model commands a 30% premium over other Rollie 3.5Fs.
Super Rollex Cine film back, 56 x 72 mm format, for Linhof Technica 70. For when you want to shoot 120 forever.. New, boxed!
Rollie "T", almost matched pair, one black (T2, 1966 to 1971), one grey (T1, 1958 to 1966). Synchro Compur - X, Tessar f3.5/75 mm. The black one still had its first film inside when bought. About 100,000 of each model were made. Wonder where they all are!
ROLLEI 35mm, Triotar 40mm/f3.5, Singapore model. Not as sought after as the Made in Germany model, but very collectable nonetheless.
Zeiss Super-Ikonta 531/2 ("C"), around 1938, 120 format camera, Zeiss-Opton Tessar f3.5/105mm, Compur Rapid shutter to 1/400, this one takes 6x9 only. No flash synch on this model.
Drawing of a Sinar model "P". Made in Switzerland and often described as the best monorail camera ever made… the owner now wishes to sell; click on the drawing for a picture of the actual camera.
Unfortunate story attached to this little gem. Whilst in transit to its new owner in San Diego, it was lost in transit, suspected stolen in San Diego. The serial number is 6217. If you have any information on this depth sounder, please contact detective Ron Hall of the San Diego Police Department, quoting case no. 99026381. We appreciate your co-operation!
Another Zeiss Super-Ikonta, 531/2 ("C"), around 1938, 120 format camera, Zeiss-Opton Tessar f3.5/105mm, Compur Rapid shutter to 1/400, this one takes 6x9 only.
Braun Super Paxette of about 1955, early model with black lettering; the later models had coloured lettering on the top dials. Beautifully engineered small camera.
Polaroid SX70 de luxe, made from 1972 till 1977. Quite advanced features and immensely popular in the USA. One could spend hours trying to figure out how to open it!
Linhof Technica 3, 4" x 5", drop-bed, all movements, rotating back, coupled rangefinder, spirit level, triple extension, cammed for 127 mm lens (cam matches lens number). With original Linhof box. Came with a 1962 Linhof pricelist. Looks hardly used.
Linhof Technica 70. Often called "Baby Linhof", with magnificent Xenotar 100mm f2.8 lens, revolving back, lots of movements and very fast to use rangefinder bellows camera.
Voigtlander Vitessa L from around 1954, known as the "barndoor" model. Unusual advance plunger advances the film and cocks the shutter when depressed. Quite complex mechanically and often found not working. The hard part is to find one in the first place. I would love to have one.
Voigtlander Vito B of 1954. One of the smallest full-size 35mm cameras made, along with the Rollei and Paxette. Quite common and mostly found in extremely good condition due to the quality chrome plating used.
Voigtlander Perkeo 1, 1952. Vaskar 75mm f4.5 lens, takes 6x6 cm pictures on 120 format.
Yashica 124 TLR, chrome model, Yashinon f3.5 80mm, Copal SV shutter, B-500, CDS lightmeter, black leather case. Indistinghuisable from new.
Same again, but shown with its brother in black, the 124G. Both these models are again finding favour with budget-conscious medium format photographers.
Yashica 35, looks like a Zeiss Contax 2 copy, but obviously from a later era (around 1963?). 35 mm CRF, Yashinon f 1.9 / 4.5 cm lens, Copal shutter S/N 582476xx, B-500, M/X/V synch, self timer. Leica screw tread lens. You can feel the quality!
Nikon 43 - 86 mm Lens, 1:3.5 constant aperture, AI, fitted with lens scope converter in this picture.
Krasnogorsk Zorki 4 of 1972, slowly losing its Leica copy look. CRF, 42mm screw mount lens, focal plane shutter. The most common Zorki, made from 1956 to 1973.
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