BEL­LAMY’S MOST REQUESTED CAM­ERAS

New Zealand D-Photo - - INSIGHT | BELLAMY HUNT -

“There’s ac­tu­ally a few. The Le­ica M6 is a per­pet­ual favourite — ev­ery­one wants one. The Nikon F3; I’ve be­come kind of known for get­ting those. There’s tons of them, and I can al­ways find them. The Con­tax cam­eras, the T2 and T3 — but, un­for­tu­nately, I don’t source those cam­eras any­more, be­cause I get so many re­quests that it’s im­pos­si­ble to ful­fil them all. I’m talk­ing 10–15 a day.”

THE MOST SPE­CIAL

“For a cou­ple of the most spe­cial ones I’m ac­tu­ally con­trac­tu­ally obliged so that I can­not tell you the clients that they’ve gone to. And, for me, client con­fi­den­tial­ity is ex­tremely im­por­tant. But there have been some very rare cam­eras that I have found for peo­ple … Very rare Le­icas, mainly. More mod­ern ones in some cases. MPs, spe­cial edi­tions, things like that. But I still con­sider them fairly com­mon­place, be­cause they’re still around.”

THE RAREST

“I think some of the rarest ones I’ve found have been cam­eras that be­long to pho­tog­ra­phers and have a clear prove­nance, a clear his­tory, be­hind them. I’ve been very for­tu­nate to source some very rare early M2s, M3s, and MPs, [which] … have ei­ther been owned by pho­tog­ra­phers or by peo­ple with a name as­so­ci­ated with pho­tog­ra­phy or fame in some way. That’s been a real hon­our, to find those, and to give those to peo­ple who would gen­uinely ap­pre­ci­ate them.”

THE MOST UN­USUAL

“There’s also been things that aren’t ter­ri­bly ex­pen­sive, rather just weird, and rare, and un­usual, and they sort of stick in your mind and you think, that’s re­ally cool. I found a Pen­tax lens — it wasn’t es­pe­cially un­usual, but the num­ber was 000666. The devil’s num­ber. The guy who got it, he was just stoked. He was so happy.”

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