The incredible vintage camera collection of Duncan Wong


posted Monday, February 10, 2014 at 3:21 PM EDT


Leicas aren't cheap cameras. Even generations old units, if they're in good condition, can fetch an obscene price. But apparently that doesn't stop Duncan Wong, a man who's collected one of the finest sets of old gear we've ever seen, primarily Leicas, but also some other fantastic cameras. And he's inspired in us a desire to try and track down some old cameras of our own.

Unfortunately, Wong seems to have stopped posting his images up of late, but previously he was interviewed by Japan Camera Hunter, as well as other magazines. He has seven Leicas: an M3, M2, MDa, M7 Japanese Engrave Edition, M4 Black Paint, M6 TTL LHSA Black Paint, MP LHSA 1968-2003 Hammertone. Arguably the crowning jewel of those is the hammertone, which fetches anywhere from $7,000 to $20,000.

When talking to Japan Camera Hunter, he explained what makes a good camera for him:

A camera creating intimacy with photographer when operating it. It can project different meanings. Leica is a good example in showing how a camera integrates smoothly with a photographer. But on the other hand, Holga 120 is a primitive camera (Oh, too primitive), that is big fun and challenge to use it. When a photographer indulges in the photo taking process, there are no difference.

You can see more of his gear on his Flickr site, as well as his fantastic black and white photography.

(via Reddit)