Camera Collections: Lomographer earlybird's Treasures

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We were just whetting your analogue appetite with the "Show Your Stash" series. This time, we're presenting the mammoth mother lode of photography acquisitions by some of the world's craziest film camera collectors and up first, we've got @earlybird from Germany who had to buy a new fridge to keep his hundreds of film!

Credits: earlybird

Hi, Hannes a.k.a. earlybird! How did you start collecting film gear? How long have you been collecting?
I think everybody here in the community knows the fear of running out of film. So I bought films in the crowd so I could be sure that this does not happen to me. But when Kodak stopped producing slide film, I was really scared so I started buying every thing! I could buy and my income could manage. So I think the last half of 2012, I quadrupled my amount of film. I had to buy a separate film fridge to get a suitable place for my “treasure.” Every time I see a film, I think about the possibility to buy it and not starve because I have no money for food. I love the smell of film and the size of the package and the sound of a bag full of films and I love the colors of the brands and and and… I love film!

Credits: earlybird

Can you itemize every camera, accessory, and film you own?
Yes! Here is my list! (Ed’s note: His camera list is so long and well-inventoried that we couldn’t possibly put the whole thing in here! From his impressive stash of thousands of 35mm, medium format, 9×12 large format, and 110 films, to his insane collection of high-value cameras like Pentacons, Plaubels, and Voigtlanders, see the full list and drool here.)

Fast Camera Collection Facts:
Number of cameras? 40
Number of accessories? 44 without lenses
Number of films? 433 medium format, 542 35mm, 841 sheets 9×12 large format, and 4 110 films. Total film of 1,820. (That was the first time I counted them… I am shocked.)
Number of years collecting? 2+ years
Biggest buy/most expensive items? 6 Rolls Kodak Aerochrome EIR film + Kiev 88 set with lenses
Sweetest steal/cheapest scored items? 57 rolls Lomography CN 100 for 28,5 Euro :)
Most prized possessions/favourites from the collection? My Kiev 88 with the 35mm Fisheye lens!
Amount of money spent? I really don’t want to know!!!

Credits: earlybird

Do you like to use your them or admire them from the shelf?
I use them! As you can see in my home, I have my favorites for sure, but I give all of my cameras a chance. I mostly use my Kiev 88 cameras, the LC-A, or the Canon AE-1. And if the weather will be better the next months, I cannot await to shoot with my Plaubel. I like how they are on the shelf and ready to use. I have the opportunity to have the right camera and the right film for nearly every situation. That is a very reassuring feeling.

Credits: earlybird

Will you ever part with your collection?
I don’t need 3 Kiev 88s, I know that. So maybe I will sell a set with the lenses I have. But my first Kiev 88 broke so I think better 3 than none and I can never be without. I know where I bought every single film I own and I like that feeling of having hem in the fridge and thinking “mine, mine, mine!” I feel guilty when I pick up a film out of the fridge and ask myself every time I load one in a camera if there will be a better day or a better time to use it. Especially since slide film is hard to get and I don’t think that the availability will be better in the future. I hope Fuji will never stop producing the Provia and the Velvia films. I’m curious how long the Aerochrome films are in my fridge and if there will be ever a day for me to say “Today is Aerochrome day.”I don`t think so :)

Credits: earlybird

Is your collection complete or is there still that “Holy Grail” piece you’re looking for?
There could never be enough film in my fridge. Okay, there is no place for a single roll in the one I have so I think a new fridge would be great. I’ve had my eyes set on the LC-Wide for a long time and one day it will be part of my collection. A Hasselblad is also on my list and a Rolleiflex is a must have, too. But for now, I am happy with my collection!

Thanks for showing us your Camera Collection, @earlybird!

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Care to share your camera collection? E-mail denise.sanjose@lomography.com with the contents of your camera shelf, film fridge, and what not, and you could be our next featured film photographer!

written by denisesanjose on 2013-04-15 in #lifestyle #lca #earlybird #fridge #9x12 #35mm-films #110-films #camera-collections-series #pentacon #plaubel #germany #voigtlander #lc-wide #medium-format #lc-a #large-format #120-films

18 Comments

  1. poepel
    poepel ·

    @earlybird unfuckingfassbar.... Ich will schon nicht wissen was an Kohle in meinem Kühlschrank steckt. (ist auch besser so wenn meine Frau es auch nicht weiß) aber deine Sammlung an Filmen ist echt unglaublich. Glückwunsch dafür und Stichwort "Kiev"... Ich würde mitbieten. ;)

  2. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    @earlybird Congratz!! What is that camera next to your head, and what lens/shutter?

  3. earlybird
    earlybird ·

    @herbert-4 plaubel peco supra 9x12 with a Voigtländer Braunschweig Universal-Heliar 300mm F4.5 + Zettor Front Mounting Lens Shutter

  4. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    @earlybird Thanks! I have OCDish collection, too!

  5. snoop
    snoop ·

    amazing camera collection!!!

  6. earlybird
    earlybird ·

    I am a little bit scared if i will win a competition in the future because now lsi knew about my treasure and maybe they think i don't need piggies or a new camera :D

  7. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    Ha ha ha @earlybird!

  8. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    it's called the library of film then.

  9. weleasewoger72
    weleasewoger72 ·

    Puts my 874 films to shame! (Yes - I counted them!)

  10. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    oooh god!

  11. myvitaminx
    myvitaminx ·

    what a waste!

  12. 134340
    134340 ·

    where's your home? can i visit? hehehe such a great treasure!!! @earlybird

  13. plyshbel
    plyshbel ·

    Fantastic!!! You are really film&camera Rockefeller or Rothschild:)!!!

  14. japsix
    japsix ·

    woow! real treasure!!! awesome!

  15. atria007
    atria007 ·

    mammmma mia a lot of rooollllllllsss lol

  16. stouf
    stouf ·

    @earlybird YAY! : )

  17. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    Freak! :D

  18. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    Ah, so *that's* why there's no film left in the Lomo online shop...!!! ;-)

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