What is the rarest camera/lens you own?

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The camera not so much, a Minolta 9000, but I have a bulk film back, have only seen a few for sale over the years. When I get time I will dig it out and take a picture of it. I've only used it once, ran a 100 foot roll of no name Ultrafine 400 speed though it, lost a bunch of frame as I had to cut the roll down to fit my unicolor 35mm reels.
 

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I had: a first run Contax II with the 1-100th instead of 1-125th speed. I had no idea of it's rarity until long after I sold it.
A 355 Multicoated Kern Dagor, supposedly only 500 made (the range of serial numers I have observed so far supports this) however they seem easy enough to find if you can afford one.
I have: The fourth Deardorff V8 made with front swings, and a Contax II that is not only nearly unused, but has the original bill of sale from 3 July 1937, as well as all but one item (a roll of film) listed on the papers - also complete provenance from 1937 to present.

Bought one new in 1982 a 14” kern Dagor MC in black Compur I want to say $825 back then that is
 
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Very few things camera related is really rare. Sellers and owners will try to whip up a storm about it being rare though.
The oldest desirable consumer cameras are only a little north of a hundred years old.
Very few things that sold in numbers, in that time span, that warranted fame of any kind, is rare.

That said, most uncommon thing I got is probably a Minolta 7000 without cosmetic problems. :smile: The screen is fine (both) and the grips are whole and prestine.
 

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I don't own this Graflex but wouldn't think previous ownership was significant or added to rarity...
 

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Here it is for posterior's sake after the auction disappears:

jerry lewis xl.jpg
jerry lewis xl1.jpg
 

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Here it is for posterior's sake

Made my day 😄
I believe you mean posterity's sake :whistling:
If you would like it edited, just ask.
But I'm hoping you will leave it be.
 

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Its seriously tough to pick the rarest as they are all rare for different reasons.

First up a soft focus lens from Italy, not disimilar to the eidoscope in it an uncorrected rapid rectilinear with softness greatest wide open. Any Catalogue or adverts appreciated.

Sven
 

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For some reason I kept mine.

I can think of a few reasons. The Compur shutter was new and had flash synch. The multicoating was absolutely first-rate, and with color transparencies it had smooth contrast and a neutral color balance. B&W yielded contact prints you looked into, rather than at, but then even an uncoated Dagor will do that.
 
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