03 February 2017
The popularity of vintage cameras continues to grow if recent sales at Special Auction Services are anything to go by.
Both its recent Express and Fine Camera auctions have proved successful, with pre-sale estimates being beaten.
SAS holds its next Fine Camera sale is on 9 March and will include limited edition Leica models, as well as the specialist camera equipment used to make the Camberwick Green and Trumpton television programmes in the 1960s! Although Gordon Murray rightly gets the credit for creating these iconic programmes, the animation and filming was done by Bob Bura and John Hardwick. As with Aardman’s Wallace and Gromit more recently, these programmes were all made using 35mm film cameras and incredibly laborious and time-consuming stop-motion work. In those early days, specialist equipment was not easily available so some of this was custom made. It includes a US-made Mitchell outfit from 1927, fine British Newman & Sinclair cameras, machined from aluminum and a rare Dallmeyer Super Six 83mm f2.9 lens, expected to make £2,000 to £3,000, despite have a nasty scratch on the front element. Hugo Marsh commented: “I was very pleased to find it hidden in a box in the studio, covered in decades of dust!”