Help! I’m a camera hoarder (and I love it) – Digital Camera World


I have a confession to make; I have more cameras than there are days in the week and yet I still can’t sell any of them. I’ve tried so many times to reduce the number of cameras and accessories I own, but something at the back of my mind is always telling me, “it might come in handy one day”.

Sat on my shelf I have nine cameras: a Fujifilm X-T1 (opens in new tab) that I haven’t used in over a year, a broken Canon AE-1 (opens in new tab) that I keep meaning to sell for parts, a working Canon AE-1, a temperamental Fujifilm Instax (opens in new tab), a Nikon FM2 that’s my preferred SLR, and my everyday workhorse the Sony A7 III (opens in new tab). I also have a Pentax 6×7 that I bought recently, and two semi-automatic 35mm point and shoots (opens in new tab) that I use for my non-serious film work. You could say I’m a hoarder… I prefer to use the term collector. 

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In the grand scheme of things and compared to other photographers (especially avid collectors), my collection is still pretty small but it’s only going to get bigger. There is something very fulfilling in owning a collection of cameras. Just as a stamp collector gets a thrill from obtaining a rare or unusual stamp, I get the same satisfaction from cameras (although I’m yet to own anything particularly weird and whacky). 

One of the downsides to building a camera collection is it can be more expensive than other collections – and there are often so many ongoing costs to think about (film, developing, lenses and so on). However, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages and while it might not be the cheapest hobby, I’ve found it to be one of the most rewarding.

Over the years, I’ve been pretty savvy about investing in new (and really old) kit. I’m always checking eBay, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree for bargains to be had, and whenever I go to a charity shop I check to see if they have any old film cameras. I have been known to buy cameras just because they were cheap, and it’s a habit I’m trying to break free from – but sometimes it’s just too tempting. How could I turn anyone turn down a Nikon Twin Zoom 35-70 when it was just £10 at The Photography Show?

I thought as film got more expensive, and developing costs increased, I might be warier about investing in film cameras, but actually the opposite is true. I’m …….


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