What makes a Camera a Collectible?

WHAT MAKES A CAMERA COLLECTIBLE?

Of more than eight thousand camera models now out of production, modern collectors seem to have focused their attention on a relative few. Most cameras that are highly collectible today are rangefinder cameras manufactured between 1930 and the 1970’s. By the 1930’s, the camera was no longer simply a dark box, but a precision instrument incorporating the highest technologies available at the time. Most cameras of this era are fully mechanical and were hand-assembled by skilled technicians who gave each camera a personality of its own like a fine Swiss watch or a vintage car.

Popular collectible cameras are usually made from materials that give them a feeling of substance and precision that plastic, electronic auto-everything cameras cannot match. They also tend to come from countries that are associated with high quality precision products like Germany, Japan, and Switzerland.

The value of a collectible camera can depend as much on cosmetic condition as rarity. “Run of the mill” cameras in pristine condition are often of more interest to collectors than unique models. For example, a mint condition Leica M3 which was manufactured in about 220,000 units will often bring as much or more than a WWII military Leica of which only a few hundred exist!

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