Object of Desire: Ilott Vintage Limited Edition Rangefinder Cameras

July 5, 2012

By Dan Havlik

For anyone who gets the least bit excited at the sight of beautifully restored classic cameras, Ilott Vintage’s online product gallery is almost like pornography.

Run by Andrew Bellamy, a transplanted Brit who now resides in Miami, Ilott Vintage features a variety of limited-edition rangefinder cameras that have been refurbished, meticulously modified and posted for resale.

Ilott Vintage’s special touch is adding gorgeous wood veneers to the exteriors of the old cameras to replace the worn leather and give these mechanical marvels a unique look. The classic rangefinder models available include wood-paneled versions of the Canon Canonet and Canonet QL17; Konica Auto S2; Minolta Hi-Matic 9 and Hi-Matic 7/7s; and the Argus C3.

According to Ilott Vintage’s Web site, to create these custom-modified cameras, Bellamy “uses premium quality real wood veneer sealed with Danish oil, cut and tailored specifically to each camera to give it an exclusive, elegant appearance and a new lease on life. The veneer is durable and makes each camera totally unique.”

This level of craftsmanship doesn’t come cheap, though. Prices for Ilott Vintage’s cameras range from $1,850 to $2,250, depending on the model. And no, they don’t “do digital.”

Starting at $1,850