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!
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!
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.)
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!!!
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.
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 :)
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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