Photojournalist Reveals His 4,425 Camera Collection, Breaks His Own World Record


If you thought you had a problem with Gear Acquisition Syndrome (or GAS) think again, you’ve got nothing on Mumbai-based photojournalist Dilish Parekh. The Guinness Book World Record holder for the largest camera collection smashed his own record earlier this month when he revealed that he now owns 4,425 cameras.

If that sounds like a lot that’s because it is, but these aren’t just your standard Sony CyberShots or Nikon DSLRs, Parekh collects mostly antiques. By comparison, the 1,000+ camera collection that was auctioned off on eBay in February seems a bit meager now.

The whole obsession started when his father gave him his collection of 600 cameras, a collection Parekh has been adding to ever since. His previous record sat at 2,634, meaning that he’s acquired almost 2,000 new cameras since they last counted.

Truth be told, his collection has been this large for some time now, but Parekh admits he was waiting for World Photography Day on August 19th to reveal it. “Cameras are my life,” Parekh told dna. “I can’t stay without them.”


One of the jewels of his collection is the camera pictured above, a Leica 250 Reporter made in 1934. The camera is one of only 1,000 ever made, and can hold bulk film rolls that are almost 33 feet long — that’s 250 exposures per roll, hence the name.

Another impressive find among Parekh’s massive collection is his Bessa II, a camera made by German manufacturer Voigtlander back in 1962 that was such a status symbol in Japan, even Japanese royalty owned them.

So next time you think you’ve got problems with GAS, take heart. If you only own a few cameras, you would have to buy one new (or antique) camera per day for over 12 years to catch up to Parekh.

(via La Vida Leica)

Image credits: Dilish Parekh Collection courtesy of India Book of Records and Leica 250 Reporter by Rama.

  • Zed

    If you call him a collector he will beat your ass!

  • Carl Meyer

    Most of those cameras were mass produced and fairly cheap so now can be adquired for not much money or even for free since people don’t value them.

    The physical space to store all those cameras properly sure it’s a problem.

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  • 4dmaze

    I wonder if he had to borrow a camera to take a photo of his entire collection…

  • Peter

    The first pic is T.M. Wong. He is the world-recorded polaroid collector.

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    challenge accepted.

  • dannybuoy

    And I thought my G.A.S was bad…

  • Lee Mullen

    So is there a list??

  • Spaceman

    But the media portrays all Indians as being poor and living in slums. What trickery is this???

  • Adam Cross

    surely every time he gets a new camera he breaks his own record?

  • Beaver

    They can’t report on the conditions because there are no cameras left for the media to use!

  • DLCade

    Thanks for pointing that out! It’s been fixed :)

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  • Christian DeBaun

    Hopefully (someday) these will end up in a public collection so others can enjoy seeing them (I’d easily pay $10 just to view this collection).

  • Fartybartfast

    Now I know who keeps beating me to the interesting ones :)

  • Marschal A. Fazio

    i’d love to see these cameras documented and posted to a website. I also wonder how many he has actually used, or are in useable shape. I have a rule in my collection, I have to be able to shoot them, and shoot them, and I actually try to use each one at least once or a few times a year. THat’s hard for cameras with obscure or out of production formats, I have to find ways to get film for them.

  • jackpeterbuilt

    camera collection or junk collection?

  • Chris Malmberg

    4,400 cameras in that house and they couldn’t manage to get a decent looking photo of the guy. Looks like someone took this picture with a cellphone with a flash.

  • Jeramy

    So this must be guy who bids against me on even the most obscure cameras on ebay that really I will never use but look good on my desk. He mus be.

  • jim

    like how they mention in the article the collection on ebay that sold
    for $34000, but fail to mention it was relisted and sold for $60000,
    then relisted again twice and did not sell for $20000,

  • Michal

    Where does he store them?

  • Andrew

    Should have spent the money on glass.

  • Lee Young

    but do you have 4425 cameras

  • Lightning3

    Its not how many, but what you collected that are great! The 4 great collections sold or donated in current history dwarf any just large collection! Examples that track camera deign history, successes & failures, are what history and collectors will cherish in coming years.

  • Ashok