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A photo-journalist from Mumbai has broken his own world record with a collection of antique cameras. The Guinness Book of World Records states that Dilish Parekh has collected 4,425 cameras, which has broken the previous record also held by Parekh.

His collection previously amounted to 2,634. Most of the cameras are antiques and he now officially holds the record for the largest collection.

Parekh announced his news on August 19th, World Photography Day. He admits to having a passion for antique cameras and has a wide range of makes and models, collected over the last 25 years. The collection of cameras includes some well-known makes, including Canon, Leica, Kodak, Nikon and Zeiss.

Parekh became fascinated by cameras when his father handed down his personal collection to him, which numbered around 600. Since that time, Parekh has searched flea markets, old photography studios and advertised to find more antique cameras which aren’t already in his collection. One of the most treasured cameras held by Parekh is the Leica 250, made in 1934. The camera is hard to find elsewhere, as only 1,000 were ever made. He also owns a Tessina L, which is one of the smallest cameras in the world, weighing only five-and-a-half ounces.

About the Leica 250 Reporter (from Wikipedia):

The Leica 250 Reporter is a body variant of the Leica screw mount rangefinder. It was designed to take bulk film by rolls of 10 metres, allowing 250 exposures. The film was charged in special film cassettes (code KOOBF).

Two prototypes Leica 250 DD were made based on the Leica II. According to Luigi Crescenzi in Classic Camera issue 19, s/n 114051 was later modified to a 250 GG and s/n 114052 still exists (in chrome finish).

The Leica 250 FF was based on the Leica III, with slow speeds, and the Leica 250 GG on the Leica IIIa, with 1/1000 top speed. Most were black but some existed in chrome. Less than 1,000 were made. There were many small variations: some had no slow speeds (see here for example), some were coupled to a motor drive.

Independent craftsmen have modified ordinary Leica cameras to load bulk film. The work can vary from crude to excellent, but these are not Leica 250 Reporters.


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