Collecting Cameras

My camera cabinet

For the 40-plus years I’ve collected cameras, I’ve kept most of them in boxes that I stored in closets and under the bed. For years I’ve dreamed of storing them all in a single, visible, easily accessed place. I’ve just fulfilled that dream by buying this cabinet.

This would not have been possible had I not said goodbye to so many cameras in Operation Thin the Herd. I would have needed at least three cabinets this size to store all of the cameras I owned!

Here’s a tour of my camera cabinet! I said everything here off the cuff so forgive me for calling my Olympus Trip 35 an Olympus Trip 75!

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35 thoughts on “My camera cabinet

  1. Nice! I did the same things, ie, boxes, under the bed etc. I need to thin the herd too! My wife says my cameras hanging out are like roaches, I say they’re like my babies 😀👍🏻

    • I’ve found having a defined and easily accessible storage space for camera gear very helpful in limiting further acquisitions. The LTM Leicas and lenses are in the upper cubbies of my roll top desk. The Nikon F’s (one bought from you) and lenses are in one drawer of the desk.

      • Thanks for your advice Doug! I tried to group cameras together but they always end up getting mixed up. I shall try your methods. Appreciate the advice, thanks!

  2. Wonderful! This is a dream I too had, but could never achieve with the hundreds of cameras I’d accumulated. I’m actively trying to reduce my herd to three, believe it or not.

  3. Victor Villaseñor says:

    Pretty nice! I’ve considered this, but I really don’t want to just collect, all cameras must be user cameras. I have managed to stay at 3 shelfs on the wall. Once shelf space runs out, something has to go (this includes lenses).

    • I used to be primarily a collector, but now I’m primarily a shooter — so all of my cameras must remain users or I will sell them on or give them away. ATM I have 50 in the keep pile, which still feels like too many.

      • Victor Villaseñor says:

        I have keept to the Minolta SR mount and the A mount, all the lenses work great on the Sony A7 with an adapter (even AF for the A lenses), with that approach, I have 3 P&S, 1 fixed lens Rangefinder, 4 SLR’s, it already feels too many. I am 100% sure my CFO (wife) wont let me jump into another system, nor my shelf space.

        • When my wife and I married I let her know that cameras are a thing for me and it’s unlikely to change. She’s been good about it all along!

  4. DougD says:

    Nice tour. Anybody ever tell you that you’ve got a voice for radio? :)

    Having stuff in one area would be great. I’ve got guitars hidden all over the house. Sometimes I take one out to play in church and my wife goes “Hey, I’ve never seen that before, where did that come from?”

    • I feel so much better when everything of one type is in one place!

      Your method, however, lets you sneak new guitars into the house undetected…

  5. kennethwajda says:

    Nice one, Jim! I only have one small cabinet that I keep a handful of non-bagged cameras in, the rest are in bags on shelves ready to go.

    • For a good while I had most of my SLR in bags with lenses and other stuff. The bags just take up so much space! So I got rid of them, all but one. 95% of the time when I travel I take a body and one lens and just carry it.

  6. Nice work at culling and organizing! You have inspired me to look st a cabinet the I have with glass front and reorganize my cameras. I have found that I still need separate plastic boxes for filters, straps, and miscellaneous items specific to each brand.

    • I have an old Instamatic box serving to store filters and 620 spools, and a small plastic box storing my batteries. Little bits just need a little box.

  7. Very nice! I have a cabinet in my study, half is for books and half for cameras. I made two extra shelves for the camera half, but is is now full to the brim. And it doesn’t contain the cameras presently being used. My wife has recently started shooting film and has commandeered two of my Contax bodies and three lenses, so I have breathing space for the time being ;)

  8. Zoran Vaskic says:

    That’s impressive. I say that because being more a collector still rather than a shooter of my film cameras, I know it’s not easy to want to part with any camera I have. And I see that there are many others who are like this. Having checked in on your blog the past 3-4 years I am surprised at the seeming small number of cameras in your cabinet. This took a bit of time to achieve! My biggest issue is not so much having too many, I’m okay with that. Rather its letting the whole thing become a disorganized mess, recently I tidied and organized and it feels and looks way better. Now to start some shooting, the collecting bug has definitely waned. Hats off to your work in getting things down to a small and cozy herd.

    • I was like that. I had probably 300 cameras at peak. But they just atrophied in the various boxes I had them stored in. I’d like to thin my herd a little more, maybe down to 30 or so, but man that’s hard.

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