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  1. New world record

    New world record

    March 2018, a new world record has just been set at the WestLicht camera auction in Vienna.A Leica Null-series - one of only 25 pre-production cameras - has sold for a staggering €2.4 million.So why do people get so excited about Leica? Well, it started in 1925 when the company launched its first camera, the Leica I. At the time...
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  2. Don't forget the old stuff!

    Don't forget the old stuff!

    Every year the camera makers launch new and ‘improved’ equipment and inevitably, the spotlight moves away from older gear. But don't forget it - you can pick up exceptional equipment for rock-bottom prices.
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  3. Buying classic equipment to use? Don't buy mint!

    Buying classic equipment to use? Don't buy mint!

    Buying classic equipment to use? Don't buy mint! This may sound a little counterintuitive but I’d never recommend buying classic equipment in like-new condition if you are planning to use ‘in anger’. You’ll always pay a premium for mint equipment. However careful you are, there’s always a chance you’ll scratch the base or the strap will rub the camera's corners. And that could...
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  4. All that glitters

    All that glitters

    It’s happened again. I’ve found myself in the unenviable position of telling a customer that his rare and valuable camera is almost worthless.Two or three times a year I’m offered gold Leicas. The sellers have inevitably bought at a car boot sale for a "bargain", usually paying £80 to £100. They assume they’re worth a small fortune. The problem is...
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  5. Buying a new lens? Always check inside!

    Buying a new lens? Always check inside!

    I’d recommend checking a lens thoroughly – even if you’re buying it brand-new. Over the last few years I have noticed many manufacturers' quality control has slipped and dusty optics are becoming more common straight out of the box.I've seen brand-new Leica, Nikon, Fuji, Canon and Hasselblad lenses with dust inside – so don't assume because it's expensive it’ll be...
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  6. Love simplicity? Hasselblad's 501CM is the camera for you.

    Love simplicity? Hasselblad's 501CM is the camera for you.

    If you yearn for the old days, and sometimes find your Canon, Nikon or Fuji a bit overwhelming, here's the camera for you.The 501CM is Hasselblad's last fully mechanical film camera. It produces beautiful 6x6cm images on 120 roll film. Its Zeiss lenses are second-to-none.You set the aperture and shutter speeds manually and focus through the folding waist-level viewfinder. After every...
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  7. We're still buying

    Despite Corona we're still buying. We can arrange collection from any UK address. We specialise in second hand and used cameras and lenses from Canon, Nikon, Leica, Sony, Olympus, Zeiss, Sigma, Voigtlander, Samsung, Fuji, Mamiya, Bronica, Hasselblad and other top brands. We're buying 35mm digital and film cameras. So Nikon F, F2, F3, FM2, F4, F5 and particulary F6! And...
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