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The Man Who Owns a World Record 4,500 Cameras

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“The Light Collector” is a new 3.5-minute short film about Dilish Parekh, the man who holds the Guinness World Record for “Largest Collection of Cameras” by amassing a collection of about 4,500 cameras.

The film is by Mumbai, India-based filmmaker and “camera freak” Dheerankur Upasak, who sat down with the famous camera collector to hear about his life story.

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Parekh started collecting cameras back in the 1970s. Over the years, he continually purchased more and more antique cameras, with each one costing less than $15. One of the crown jewels of his collection so far is a Leica 250 Reporter, which is worth about $80,000:

“You name the camera and I have it,” Parekh says. “It’s not a big deal to break my world record, but I own about 4,500 cameras right now. Even if you buy a camera every day, it will take you twelve years. By that time, I will [be] way ahead.”

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