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Man breaks own World Record, now owns 4,425 antique cameras

By dpreview staff on Aug 28, 2013 at 18:47 GMT

Mumbai-based photo journalist and camera collector Dilish Parekh has been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the second time. The previous record holder? Parekh himself. His collection has now grown to 4,425 antique cameras, ranging from Leica to Voigtlander. 

Part of Dilish Parekh's massive camera collection. Photo credit: India Book of Records

Mr. Parekh started with 600 cameras, passed onto him by his father. Over the next 25 years, his collection grew by leaps and bounds, and he became the world record holder when he reached 2,634 cameras. 'Cameras are my life. I can't stay without them', Parekh said.

So what are some of the most impressive pieces of his collection? One is a 1934 Leica 250, of which there were less than 1000 made. Another is the tiny Tessina L, which is one of the world's smallest and lightest 35mm cameras.

If you're closing in on Dilish Parekh's record or just have a cool antique camera, leave a note in the comments section.

Via: The Verge, Source: DNA India

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boarderphreak
By boarderphreak (7 months ago)

Source: http://lavidaleica.com/content/think-youve-got-gas

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Neil Koven
By Neil Koven (7 months ago)

I'm selling off my 400+ camera collection; you can see a photo and a list at
http://www.nkpreviews.com/cameras/

or write me directly at neil@neilkoven.com

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jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (7 months ago)

The George Eastman House it's not.

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Haider
By Haider (7 months ago)

Gas on a whole other level...

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longman
By longman (7 months ago)

Not all Antique. Has to be at lease 80 years old to be antique.

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DonM999
By DonM999 (8 months ago)

This poor fellow will now be besieged with donations of Kodak Autographics, Brownies, 8mm movie cameras, and Polaroids.

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boarderphreak
By boarderphreak (8 months ago)

Source: http://lavidaleica.com/content/think-youve-got-gas

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (8 months ago)

Put a Rupee in the slot in back and everything vibrates. It's interesting that that this collection seems to have no, um, focus. Anything that's a camera qualifies.

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jtan163
By jtan163 (8 months ago)

Would it be better if he said he collected optical instruments with a focus on (boom boom!) cameras?

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Mahmoud Mousef
By Mahmoud Mousef (8 months ago)

The twist is that he has an aversion to .... film!
He only shoots digital.

;)

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Pixel Judge
By Pixel Judge (8 months ago)

It's HIM!!
I just found the guy that out bit me on Ebay the past 1068 times!

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (8 months ago)

The CONNECT version of this story would be if someone went to a cell phone recyling centre and took one truck load home.

Comment edited 37 seconds after posting
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Optimal Prime
By Optimal Prime (8 months ago)

I don't feel guilty anymore.

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anandhavalli
By anandhavalli (8 months ago)

this is just not an addiction!! rather than more out of it. But I still love Him loving like this!!

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boarderphreak
By boarderphreak (8 months ago)

Source: http://lavidaleica.com/content/think-youve-got-gas

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (8 months ago)

In that bed it is approx. 100 cameras. Multiply it with 40.

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Tom K.
By Tom K. (8 months ago)

Next week on "Hoarders"....

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AlpCns2
By AlpCns2 (8 months ago)

The wooden large format camera on the top left, now THAT will give you shallow DOF. Something for the equivalence brigade?

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MikeStern
By MikeStern (8 months ago)

I own 6999 cameras here. My dad have me 7000, I sold one on bay. Entering Guinness book, competing others or my own is not my cup of tea.
:)

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jtan163
By jtan163 (8 months ago)

Does he break and gain his own record every time he adds a single camera to his collection, or does someone else have to break the record before he can break it again?

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boarderphreak
By boarderphreak (8 months ago)

Source: http://lavidaleica.com/content/think-youve-got-gas

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (8 months ago)

Wait 'till he learns about Craigslost...

.

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Wellington100
By Wellington100 (8 months ago)

Every time he adds one more camera, he is breaking his world record :-)

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (8 months ago)

Amassing a collection of 4000 old 35mm film cameras from the 1970s and 80's would cost about...$4000 if bought in bulk. They are worth that little now and there are millions of them. You can buy a decent older SLR with a 50mm lens every day for about $3-$5. Would have been a boon 20 years ago...

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ThomasSwitzerland
By ThomasSwitzerland (8 months ago)

This man looks happy. The camera marriage is his best choice.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (8 months ago)

No, more like serial polygamy. Each darling ceases to interest him every time he spots another.

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Press Correspondent
By Press Correspondent (8 months ago)

LOL!

http://lavidaleica.com/content/think-youve-got-gas

"This site has the story, but "lost" the original credit to us (we have contacted them for correction):

Digital Photography Review"

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (8 months ago)

DPReview has a link to a site. Its probably there they have seen it. I see no problems with that.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (8 months ago)

take a look at Leica's page about the record before commenting jealously about this mans feat:
http://lavidaleica.com/content/think-youve-got-gas

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swamynirmal
By swamynirmal (8 months ago)

'Cameras are my life. I can't stay without them'
I do feel the same....
I think there are many to feel it...
But to.. Dilish Parekh ...."Life is for Cameras".

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (8 months ago)

what's that binocular-like camera at bottom left? Or am I seeing more than one just together?

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Press Correspondent
By Press Correspondent (8 months ago)

This is a fake record. I don't know what "antique cameras" this guy owns, pinhole, Polaroids, digicams, or smartphones, or may be he owns a thousand copies of the same model, but in my book "antique camera" stands for film. The world record for having the largest number of film cameras belongs to Richard LaRiviere (USA) who owns 894 DIFFERENT film cameras that he has collected since 1960.

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KentG
By KentG (8 months ago)

Well for a fact every camera in that photo is a film camera. And the Guinness record he set for the second time is "stills" cameras, meaning no video or phones or even video film cameras. Since he inherited 600 from his father in 1977 when there was nothing but film cameras I'm sure he could round up another 300 to beat Richard's supposed record. He has rare cameras going back to the 1890's. As for Richard, his collection record is for motion picture film cameras not stills. That is the only record he holds.

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Turbguy1
By Turbguy1 (8 months ago)

"Video film"?

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (8 months ago)

"Well for a fact every camera in that photo is a film camera. "
Including the binoculars? Including the lenses?
This is just bull5h!t.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (8 months ago)

Why not limit "antique" to daguerreotypes?

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KentG
By KentG (8 months ago)

What part of "every CAMERA in the photo is a film camera" don't you get?
Technically, in the USA, antique can be anything older than 25 years ago or more. And all the large cameras in the photo I can identify as large format film because they all have lensboards on them.

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mike kobal
By mike kobal (8 months ago)

i bet he uses an iphone to take pictures

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kimchiflower
By kimchiflower (8 months ago)

I think it's significant that his cameras are all spread over his bed.

"Hello luv, wanna come back and see my camera collection?"

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dstate1
By dstate1 (8 months ago)

I suppose the word "antique" is key here. I met a man in nagano japan who had over 8000 cameras but many were of fairly recent vintage. His home was like a series of caverns and valleys made soley of cameras and lenses. Most were sent to him for little or nothing as wrecks but he took pride in the fact that he had repaired nearly all to working condition.

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iAPX
By iAPX (8 months ago)

So from what I read on the comment, you must remember to use the flash indirectly, pointing to the ceil instead your subject, especially when you have nice white ceil and walls :)

I just need one camera for my work, and this is actually a D300, that I plan to change for a D300s when it will fail, but seems it's totally indestructible! I use it since 4 years now, it's totally dependable and nearly every shoot is perfect.

And I have another camera for everyday's photography (maybe the most important part for me), it happens this is a X100s, but that's not that important. What does matter is that I know it more each and every day, and use it more and more efficiently, and nearly every shoot is perfect too.

It's fun to have so much camera, but I didn't understand the point...
I think you'd better focus on one, or maybe two great cameras, to know them, to be able to take the most of them...

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camerosity
By camerosity (8 months ago)

I love this guy! I have a few dozen cameras and I used to feel guilty for having too many in my collection. I would love to see his collection up online somewhere. Sounds like he's a real camera nut!!

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tongki
By tongki (8 months ago)

4,000 cameras and STILL yet can not make a good picture of him and his cameras

PLAIN STUPID

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psn
By psn (8 months ago)

That's not his problem... it's the guy behind the other camera.

It may be stupid to you but it's very obviously not to Mr. Parekh. What do you have? From your response, I'd say you're just jealous.

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john49brown
By john49brown (8 months ago)

still using my antiques

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SteveSFO
By SteveSFO (8 months ago)

The only question I have is this.... do they work? If all 4000+ are in good working condition... that would be impressive

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Cameralady
By Cameralady (8 months ago)

This looks like he sleeps with his cameras? I'm not THAT bad but I have about 800 I have collected in 34 years........
www.martijones.com

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TLD
By TLD (8 months ago)

>4000 cameras and the India Book of Records takes a nasty flared picture of him.

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Just another Canon shooter
By Just another Canon shooter (8 months ago)

The guy needs an iphone...

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mais51
By mais51 (8 months ago)

shhhhh they were using one of his antique camera for the photograph

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (8 months ago)

Did you notice how high the angle of the photo was?

It was from one of those giant garage sized shed cameras...

.

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krassphoto
By krassphoto (8 months ago)

And my wife says I'm crazy. I have only 48.

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ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (8 months ago)

48!
Nuts

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Johannes Zander
By Johannes Zander (8 months ago)

How poor ;)

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krassphoto
By krassphoto (8 months ago)

yeah, I've got some shoes to fill..

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Minolta4Life
By Minolta4Life (8 months ago)

What's up with the telephones on the nightstand (middle right)? Are they camera phones, or is old boy expecting some booty calls from camera groupies.

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ivanlodotcom
By ivanlodotcom (8 months ago)

i don't have nearly as many cameras but i've got a website dedicated to my collection :)
http://www.vintagecameralab.com

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Graham Hill
By Graham Hill (8 months ago)

Congrats Photo Perzon!

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (8 months ago)

It would take him over 7 years just to fondle each camera once a day...

A museum should be his next goal, and earn payback.

.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (8 months ago)

Oops, sorry... It would take him 12 years to fondle each camera daily, for this new record. The 7 years was the previous record...

.

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andyvanzz
By andyvanzz (8 months ago)

Would be interesting to know the value of his collection.

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Minolta4Life
By Minolta4Life (8 months ago)

I'm sure some are worth some coin, but the value of a film camera isn't very much these days, unless it's a true classic. I think I saw a lot of 12 minoltas on ebay for $89 BIN... What a shame, but technology marches on...

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Minolta4Life
By Minolta4Life (8 months ago)

What would really be interesting is to know how many of them actually work.

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tongki
By tongki (8 months ago)

dpreview should mentioned about people having 4,000 of EOS 1DX rather than this

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captura
By captura (8 months ago)

Cool! Talk about GAS! (gear acquisition syndrome.) And because he holds the World Record, he will break that World Record each time he acquires yet another camera. Please keep us posted!

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tabloid
By tabloid (8 months ago)

As usual we have usual cretins with their sarcastic comments.

We need more censoring on these sites.

Unless a person has something constructive to say, his post should not see the light of day.

I would love to be moderator on these sites.

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captura
By captura (8 months ago)

Is funny allowed in your world?

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Dimitris Servis
By Dimitris Servis (8 months ago)

Comment nazi

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tabloid
By tabloid (8 months ago)

No problem with funny.(Frazier)
But you would be surprised what some people think 'funny' is.

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gil
By gil (8 months ago)

I thought tabloids have less censorship than regular papers. Yes, I would love to see your kind to be a mod here :-).

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Minolta4Life
By Minolta4Life (8 months ago)

More censoring??? That comment alone is far more disturbing than anything I've read on this forum.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (8 months ago)

Just looked at the Guinness website and one of today's records goes to Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest hair. Some jerk will chuckle at that one, too. What has this world become?

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Shoot Raw
By Shoot Raw (8 months ago)

Why some of these people are so NEGATIVE on there comments?

Think POSITIVE and SHOOT RAW.

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gil
By gil (8 months ago)

If we think all positive and shoot raw, our handles would be the same and it would be a boring photographic world. BTW, I am a 99.9% JPG shooter and no regrets so far.

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iAPX
By iAPX (8 months ago)

Ineteresting comment gil.

I shoot JPEG on my X100s, having choosen 1:1 square format, black & white and selective black and highlight parameters, and I use them from the JPEG, not from the RAW, because I am trying to work my ability to expose correctly and do it correctly from scratch.

But still, I record the raw too, to be able to crop it differently, use it in color if I want to, and be able to change my mind later, for example to add some of this work on a serie.

I think your comment is worthy, and may be a real great advice to give to beginners, to learn to make good photos from start, and not becoming photoshop masters (or raw managers masters!)

*** EDITED TO REMOVE SOME STUPID TYPOS ****

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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TheEye
By TheEye (8 months ago)

That's not Ben Hermann! :P

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Franklin
By Franklin (8 months ago)

No, Mr. Herrmann is the Guinness record holder for digital cameras. LOL.

You know what that's exactly what came to my mind when I first read the news.

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Ghostboo
By Ghostboo (8 months ago)

I bet his wife is more patient than mine was.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

I am not confident that he has a wife.

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