When 36 frames per roll isn’t nearly enough.
The Leica “250” Reporter camera give you 250 frames per roll! Made for press photographers, these cameras are quite uncommon these days, and every bit as intriguing as when they were first introduced in the early 1930s. Only 955 were produced over a span of about ten years.
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Dan Tamarkin here from Tamarkin Camera in downtown Chicago, the white gloves are out which means we're getting ready for our next rare camera auction. Saturday, November 17th we'll be auctioning off a lot of great Leica goodies and some Hasselblad, some Rollei, a little bit of everything. I wanted to show you two very exciting pieces, one from our collection here in the downtown Chicago showroom and the other is part of our rare camera auction this November.
These are the Leica 250 Reporter Cameras and they're called the 250 Reporter because they take 250 images from on a spool of film and so the spools are gigantic and these spools went in the camera and you could wind your own film and take 250 images from a spool rather than 36 or 24. So that explains the size of these gigantic cameras and you can see the difference between a regular Leica and the 250 it's a really big difference and so 24 to 36 images from a spool 250.
There were two different models of the reporter, one is called the FF and it went to 1/500 of a second, and the GG to 1/1000 they were made in the 1930s and 1940s and then there were a few pieces that they made in the 1950s but very few. Some cameras of the 250 variety were made to take motors, less than a dozen I think very very few maybe as many as 30 maybe, and they are highly sought-after and very very rare to find those cameras with motors. These LAK motors however they are quite rare to begin with and we have Nr. 300 100 which is kind of a fun number and this one is outfitted with a 50 Summicron the one from our collection here in downtown Chicago which has been refinished. They don't all look like this. This one is fitted with a 50mm Summitar which is age-appropriate for this camera.
So on November 17th you'll be able to find out who wins these beautiful cameras and you can always visit one here in the Chicago showroom if you like we hope you'll tune in for our rare camera auction this coming November. Thanks for watching.