Post by paulhofseth on Nov 4, 2019 12:12:34 GMT -5
There might be a problem with a narrower group of readers here than the actual numbers of collectors out there. If you take a look at the prices that for instance Westlicht auctions achieve, you will find collectable cameras starting to compete with the art market.
There may not be so many of us who both collect historica and use it, but highly differentiated cathegories like for instance those of mr. Halgards website may increase the number of correspondentss
Good to see you again François. Glad that you are still with us. Since many of our "experts" stopped posting I'm afraid I only dip into this forum infrequently. I've not bought an old camera for many years and likewise have not shot film equally as long. Got no room really for "new" cameras and much of my collection(!)I have reboxed to store them. Still got a freezer full of film but I don't know if I'll ever use it. Hope that some of the "new blood" will revitalise the forum.
Post by belgiumreporter on Nov 6, 2019 5:11:58 GMT -5
I had completly forgotten about the Westlicht auctions but when i had a look on their webpages i was amased of what was on offer. What Paulofseth said in a previous post is oh so true, these exclusive classic camera's do fetch prices wich can be compared with what fine art goes for.But then i wonder if these cameras are bought by (very whealty) collectors or as with so many exclusive collectable items, bought by investors who know(or speculate) that such items give a higher profit (when re-sold) than money in the bank. I'm in doubt if these people will find their way to the camera collector forum (would be nice though if someone would come forward and made a posting on the 500.000€ black low serial Leica MP he or she has just won at the Westlicht auction :-) ). So who's (still) collecting cameras on a more down to earth level and is willing to share their thoughts on the diffrent subjects discussed in this forum? and what prevents people from doing so? I'm under the inpression the forum has grinded somewhat to a halt mainly because of it's own succes, it seems like allmost everyting is said and every possible camera had been covered in postings and discussions. Afterall, what can be said once more about for instance the pentax spotmatic, nikon F, minolta srT,and so on wich hasn't ben said before? Am i putting the finger on the wound or am i seing things just to pessimistic? Anyway, Rachel thanks for the warm welcome back! Let's hope the forum will keep inspiring people to talk (and post) about this lovely hobby we share.
I’m a new join to this forum but a lifelong collector of, in its way, a Lot of things. Cameras though interested me all my life and it’s getting stronger all the time. I’m enjoying the ability to get those super cameras of the past, and be able to use them today. Maybe buying is a risk, but today ebay is a collectors godsend, search and ye shall buy. I’ve been through coins in a big six figure way and over the years sold many off. There’s nothing you can do with a PCGS AU 55 1870 S Gold dollar but look at. Boring. So Cameras geez it’s a Great time to buy, I’ve been able to add real Gems recently, for reasonable money. Things like Stereo Realist Custom, Contura Stereo Camera, Wollensak 10 Stereo Camera, Bell and Howell Foton, Ansco Automatic Reflex, Leica A, Leica 0,.......••••I’ve found this forum and like its diversity, yet focus on Vintage and Collector Gear. I’m all for getting interest spiked!
Philbirch - thanks for trying to breathe a little life back into this spendid forum! I've just edited a few of my old posts, deleting deliberately "fuzzy" Photobucket-marked images and replacing them with directly posted copies.
I confess I have shifted my focus to using my m4/3 digital cameras. I'm going to try to return playing with (and discussing) my ancient film burners.