Shutter-bug supreme: The man with the largest camera collection

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Photokina, the world’s leading trade fair for photo and video, starts today in Cologne, Germany. In Mumbai, Dilish Parekh, the Guinness Book of World Record holder for the world’s largest camera collection, shares with HT his personal museum , at his residence that now houses 4,425 exhibits , mostly antiques. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

Photokina, the world’s leading trade fair for photo and video, starts today in Cologne, Germany. In Mumbai, Dilish Parekh, the Guinness Book of World Record holder for the world’s largest camera collection, shares with HT his personal museum , at his residence that now houses 4,425 exhibits , mostly antiques. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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A view of one of Dilish Parekh’s cupboard displays of rangefinder cameras. Parekh started with 600 cameras, passed onto him by his father. Over the next 25 years, his collection grew by leaps and bounds, and he became the world record holder when he reached 2,634 cameras. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

A view of one of Dilish Parekh’s cupboard displays of rangefinder cameras. Parekh started with 600 cameras, passed onto him by his father. Over the next 25 years, his collection grew by leaps and bounds, and he became the world record holder when he reached 2,634 cameras. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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One of the most important milestones in camera history, A Beau Brownie Kodak from the early 1900s. The wildly popular and inexpensive Brownie camera, introduced the concept of the snapshot to the masses. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

One of the most important milestones in camera history, A Beau Brownie Kodak from the early 1900s. The wildly popular and inexpensive Brownie camera, introduced the concept of the snapshot to the masses. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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A closeup of the legendary Canon 50mm f0.95 aperture lens that was built for rangefinder cameras. The lens has been dubbed an old ‘dream lens’ by camera collectors. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

A closeup of the legendary Canon 50mm f0.95 aperture lens that was built for rangefinder cameras. The lens has been dubbed an old ‘dream lens’ by camera collectors. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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A post-war Canon make rangefinder camera from 1948. Dominant Japanese camera makers from this era branched out to building the SLR cameras of the future. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

A post-war Canon make rangefinder camera from 1948. Dominant Japanese camera makers from this era branched out to building the SLR cameras of the future. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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A 1906 vintage Royal mail stamp camera made of wood and brass. The camera consisted of 15 individual lenses capable of taking 15 postage stamp size images. Multiplying cameras were created as a cost-effective way to duplicate images in one go. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

A 1906 vintage Royal mail stamp camera made of wood and brass. The camera consisted of 15 individual lenses capable of taking 15 postage stamp size images. Multiplying cameras were created as a cost-effective way to duplicate images in one go. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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An antique lighter spy camera. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

An antique lighter spy camera. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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A German-made 1960 Voigtlander Bessa 2 collapsible bellows camera. ‘Cameras are my life. I can’t stay without them’, Parekh says. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

A German-made 1960 Voigtlander Bessa 2 collapsible bellows camera. ‘Cameras are my life. I can’t stay without them’, Parekh says. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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A Rodenstock View Master camera from the 1960s was used to create 35mm stereo images by using two lenses to create 3D reels for viewing in a personal viewer. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

A Rodenstock View Master camera from the 1960s was used to create 35mm stereo images by using two lenses to create 3D reels for viewing in a personal viewer. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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A rare Leica 250 screw mount rangefinder camera from 1938. The specially made film cassette could enable it to shoot 250 exposures in one go. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

A rare Leica 250 screw mount rangefinder camera from 1938. The specially made film cassette could enable it to shoot 250 exposures in one go. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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Dilish Parekh’s prized vintage Daguerreotype plate camera circa 1890 which used one of the world’s first commercially viable photographic process. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

Dilish Parekh’s prized vintage Daguerreotype plate camera circa 1890 which used one of the world’s first commercially viable photographic process. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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Some cameras in Dilish’s collection were sold to him by M.Manik, a camera repair technician. Manik attends to an old Hasselblad at a camera workshop in Mumbai’s CST. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

Some cameras in Dilish’s collection were sold to him by M.Manik, a camera repair technician. Manik attends to an old Hasselblad at a camera workshop in Mumbai’s CST. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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A rare AGI Dial Camera Mk. V. With a Agilux Anasigmat 80mm/ f3.5 lens. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

A rare AGI Dial Camera Mk. V. With a Agilux Anasigmat 80mm/ f3.5 lens. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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