This Purple Leica M6 is Hypnotizing Us With Its Good Looks

The Leica M6 is already quite in high demand, but this purple variant takes it over the top.

The Leica M6 is probably one of the most famous cameras the company ever made. Heck, Leica even commissioned us to create a post about some of the best lenses for it. It’s quite honestly the perfect Leica film camera in so many ways. It’s got a lot of features that make it within reach of anyone who picks it up. But anytime you give it a facelift, you’re bound to drive the hype up. So we found this Purple Leica M6. Suddenly, I could’ve sworn that the Kool-aid guy crashed through my wall filled with purple Kool-Aid. He screamed “Oh yeah!” at me. But then I realized that none of that happened. Instead, I was listening to the sound of my own beating heart.

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Adapt One of the Sharpest Contax Lenses to Your Camera

The Contax 90mm f2.8 is no slouch at all.

Lenses made for the Contax G series cameras are legendary. Zeiss did a fantastic job with them. When you combine that with the Leica M mount, you get what I’d like to call a unicorn lens. With today’s mirrorless cameras, the Leica M mount is one of the most versatile on the market. For that reason, we’re showcasing this beautiful Contax 90mm f2.8 lens. Made for the Contax G mount, it was converted to Leica M mount. What we can’t totally tell is if it’s rangefinder coupled. But the work was done by MS-Optics, who does a fantastic job. And if it isn’t coupled, then it’s fine for any other system still!

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Behold One of the Most Beautiful Fujifilm Cameras You’ve Ever Seen

The Fujifilm TX-1 in Champagne is incredibly gorgeous, and it’s hard to not want one.

To this day, I still think a panoramic digital camera could be a game-changing device. With that said, many of you have probably heard of the Hasselblad XPan. It’s a panoramic 35mm film camera that’s a thing of beauty. However, the lesser-known variant is the Fujifilm TX-1. If you weren’t aware, the XPan and the TX-1 are very similar cameras. The whole thing was a joint project done between the two manufacturers. Hasselblad has been known to do this for years. They’ve done it with Motorolla, DJI, Sony, etc. But in this one case, they created something truly unique. In fact, the Hasselblad XPan is an incredibly lusted for camera. But the Fujifilm TX-1 isn’t spoken of nearly enough. But we found a truly gorgeous one.

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This Nikon F3 Was Made for NASA and Actually Went to Space

You can get your hands on this rare Nikon F3 that’s surely a piece of history.

It’s sporadic that something like this actually appears. But when it does, it’s truly exciting. What we have here is an incredibly rare Nikon F3. Specifically, this is a variant of the Nikon F3 that was made for NASA. However, there’s a special cherry to top this wonderful sundae off. In fact, there’s evidence that this specific Nikon F3 went to space.

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The Story of the Rare $10,000 Golden Pentax LX Camera

The Pentax LX was a really cool camera, and it comes in gold!

We try to find really, really cool things here on The Phoblographer. Our Vintage series is all about that. And the latest search bore quite a bit of fruit. At the same time, it’s also the ultimate paradox. We can all agree that this is a camera you’d never want to bring outside with you. Instead, it would stay in a safe or under some thick glass. But if you know anything about the Pentax LX, you’d wonder why they did this. Another part of your brain might lust for it.

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Hurry! The World’s Most Expensive Point and Shoot Is Under $1,000

With a bit of searching, you’ll snag a Contax T2 for under $1,000 right now.

The Contax T2 is, without a doubt, the most expensive point and shoot camera on the market. Depending on the cultural times, it shares that spot with the Contax T3. And right now, it’s possible to snag one at a price you can afford. Made famous by a bunch of celebrities and photographers both, the camera is a rarity. To this day, I’m still perplexed by why Zeiss didn’t reissue this camera.

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This Modified Fujifilm Instax SQ6 Is Exactly What You Want

My eyes widened with disbelief when I was this Fujifilm Instax SQ6.

I think we can agree that the cool thing about vintage camera lust is the thrill of the hunt. You’re on the lookout for something cool and unique that no one else has. When you find it, you’re thrilled. And that’s the case right now with this unique Modified Fujifilm Instax SQ6. It’s available on eBay for the bargain price of only around $450. Most importantly, it does what so many of us want: manual exposure with an Instax camera using good glass!

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This Leica 35MM Summilux-M F1.4 AA Used to be $750,000

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You’d think that someone would want to purchase this super rare Leica lens, right? Well, at this point, it probably belongs in a museum. It checks off all the wishes of Leica lovers too. A 35mm f1.4? Check! Brass? Check! The rare silver color? Check! And it’s a rare prototype? Checkmate!

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You Need This Stunning Gray Leica M4 with Patina in Your Life

The Leica M4 in gray is cool enough but look at those gorgeous brass patina accents.

Gray cameras have always been positively stunning to me. And this Leica M4 is no exception. That camera is already experiencing a price boost because of its reliability. But this is just the cherry on top. Before writing this post, we did some research to see if this is a rare special edition. The only rare versions of the Leica M4 were in Olive green and made for the German military. And so this camera is a one of a kind, custom build. With that said, it’s positively stunning.

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A Reputable Source is Selling a Rare $11,955 WeeGee Print

Legendary photographer Weegee has a special print available that he probably worked on himself.

We understand that cameras themselves are cool. But so too is what photographers make with them. And a pretty fascinating print from Weegee has appeared on eBay. The photo seems to be a print from his distortions series. We reported on a similar print he did of Marilyn Monroe a little while back. From what it seems, this could be one of the rare prints that WeeGee made himself.

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Sammy Davis Jr’s Camera Is for Sale on eBay

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I’d like to imagine that this is probably the camera that shot Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King Jr., and John F. Kennedy. But that’s not the case. For under $400, you can own a piece of history, though. This is Sammy Davis Jr’s camera, and you get the authentication papers to prove it. The camera comes from an estate sale and is now being sold on eBay. The camera comes from a very pivotal time in American history.

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The Story of the Extremely Rare Pink Olympus XA-2

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The Olympus XA-2 is totally an object of lust for so many photographers. Like the Lomography LC-A series, they’re compact and capable. But the cool factor goes through the roof when we find them in pink. And that’s just what we’ve found. The Olympus XA-2 is popular with film enthusiasts and street photographers both. With its sliding mechanism to protect the lens, it’s designed to be put in your pocket. It’s also designed to be used with a wrist strap. But you can get a sling strap mounted into the tripod socket.

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This Cool Looking Pistol Is Actually a Working Vintage Camera

The Doryu 2-16 Flash Camera Pistol Subminiature Camera is an incredibly curious piece of vintage photo history.

For our vintage series, I do a lot of hunting for particular cameras. And when I saw this Doryu 2-16, I gasped. One could say that this is the perfect clickbait. Others might find it genuinely fascinating. Both guns and cameras can shoot. Some folks have an affinity for both–like photographer Dewey Keithly whom with we’ve previously spoken. The camera can be a far more dangerous weapon. But more than likely, it’s taking pictures of whatever tantalizes us. This Doryu 2-16 listing on eBay is one of the rarer types of fusions.

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This Stunning Burgundy Pentax K1000 Has a Story Behind It

The Vintage series involves us scouring eBay in search of lusty, rare, and unique photography gear.

I don’t know how a true Pentax fan could resist this gorgeous Pentax K1000 camera. The Pentax K1000 was the standard for educational institutions for many years. Lots of photographers learned on them. And they’re all over eBay pretty cheaply. But it’s rare to find a precious gem like this Burgundy Pentax K1000. And best of all, it’s still at an affordable price. It begs the question as to why Pentax hasn’t made custom, cool colors for the Pentax K-1 Mk II. Years ago, the company used to produce its cameras in so many different colors. It helped make them really cool. Limited editions always get lots of praise and often get bought up quickly. Of course, this isn’t really a limited edition per se. Instead, it was restored and reskinned.

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The Curious Story of the $14,000 Mamiya Pistol Camera

The Mamiya Pistol was in use by the Japanese Police force many years ago.

It made total sense when reading that the Mamiya Pistol camera was a half-frame machine. This camera was used by Japanese Police for a while. It was their primary choice after the Doryu didn’t get finished in time. The police couldn’t wait. And the Mamiya is a whole lot smaller. The design resembles a revolver more than the semi-automatic pistol that its competitor was likened to. But according to Wired, they were never used. And lucky for you, you can own a piece of history by snagging this Mamiya Pistol camera on eBay. It’s accompanied by an equally historical price, if you get my drift.

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Time to Meet Some of the Most Gorgeous Olympus Trip 35 Cameras Ever!

These Olympus Trip 35 cameras were given beautiful leather skins, and they still work!

Universal truth: These cameras are stunning. The Olympus Trip 35 is already one of the most coveted Olympus film cameras on the market. The 40mm f2.8 lens that comes with it offers a truly compact camera experience. These ones, in particular, have been given new life with new leather skin. Better yet, there’s an assortment of colors. We could easily see a photographer with one of these slung around them at a party. These cameras are statement pieces for sure. They tell you that the photographer using them cares about the way that they carry themselves. Of course, it tells others that you’re a photographer too. And also, very importantly, it tells folks that you stand out from the crowd. The Olympus Trip was designed to go anywhere and everywhere with you. There’s a great reason why over 10,000,000 units were sold.

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Check Out This Minolta CLE Looking Fine in Brown Leather

The Minolta CLE is a fantastic camera, and this version combines fashion with functionality.

With the deal that Leica and Minolta made many years, Minolta created the CLE. Some circles will say that it’s the superior camera. Others swear by their Leicas. But I think everyone will agree that this 50th-anniversary edition is gorgeous. Using the same M mount lenses everyone loves, this camera is a beast. It places the shutter dial on top vs. Leica’s front-facing dial on the CL. And most importantly, it places the strap lugs on both sides. Leica, on the other hand, put them both on one side.

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This Stunning Contax RTS Is Wearing Lizard Leather Very Well

The Contax RTS was a great camera, and this skinned version is absolutely stunning.

Did you know that the Porsche Group was hired to complete an ergonomic and styling study of the Contax RTS? According to Camerapedia, the Contax RTS was an immediate hit. It was a collaboration between Yashica and Zeiss many years ago. This was the first interchangeable lens camera that they made together of this type. It has the C/Y mount, which is host to several beautiful lenses. But these cameras aren’t seen with a lot of dressy character to them. Instead, you often just see the condition. This particular Contax RTS is looking its best for October. Better yet, it’s looking awesome for just about any time you wish.

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The Real Story of the Leica CL “Mount Everest” Set

We’re not talking about the digital Leica CL, but the original that was made with Minolta.

There are tons of stories of how Leica cameras have survived crazy encounters. Just recently, Photojournalist Gabriele Micalizzi was severely injured in Syria and was saved by his Leica Cameras. But what we’ve found today are affectionately called the Leica CL Mount Everest Set. Going for just under $10,000, these cameras saw an enjoyable part of history. In the 1970s, going to Mount Everest wasn’t anything like it is today. These days, you’ve got access to Wifi, toilets, and a whole lot more. But back then, it was all about pure endurance. And you needed gear that could keep up with you. The Leica CL itself has a fascinating history and was sadly discontinued for one of the worst reasons I’ve ever heard.

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Feast Your Eyes on This Handsome Brown Leather Pentax Spotmatic

Take a look at how this Pentax Spotmatic looks with brown leather.

The Pentax Spotmatic is a camera that I stupidly gave away a long time ago to help someone else discover their analog passion. And this listing made me want it all over again. I adored the Pentax Spotmatic and the lenses that it can use. This particular Pentax Spotmatic is also quite special. It’s been reworked to have lovely brown leather. The leather contrasts beautifully with the grey/silver colored camera body. And when you sling this around your chest, it will look like a fine piece of jewelry. Of course, you can load it up with T-Max 400 and do lots of serious work with it. The Zeiss 50mm f1.8 lens it comes with will ensure that. Being a vintage camera, it’s manual focus. But I assure you, the viewfinder in these cameras is spectacular.

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This Is the Cheapest We’ve Ever Seen a Leica Noctilux!

We’re pretty shocked at how cheap this Leica Noctilux is right now on eBay!

Most folks know that the Leica Noctilux is an incredibly expensive lineup of lenses. There have been a ton of various iterations of the 50mm option. They always deliver a signature look that makes jaws drop. So we were pretty shocked when tipped off about this one that’s starting for only $3,500. Better yet, it can be yours for only $4,650. You don’t really need to be rich to own one. You just need to want a signature look that’s almost impossible to get otherwise. The Leica 50mm f1 Noctilux has always had a specific look to it. It’s more low contrast and lacks the micro-pop that newer Leica lenses and Zeiss ZM lenses boast. Yet somehow, the images have a sense of romance.


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