A Quick Buying Guide for Vintage Camera Lovers

There aren’t many things that bring some of us joy like vintage cameras. Vintage cameras have a lasting appeal that so many modern cameras don’t at all. There’s the feeling of metal, the knowledge that it will work, and so much more. Your vintage camera might even outlive you and you can pass it on to someone else. So if you’re considering buying one, we’ve got a fair amount of info for you. Here are three photography cheat sheets for those interested in vintage cameras.

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How to Buy Vintage Cameras You’ll Love at Flea Markets

It’s nice to find deals at flea markets. If you browse Reddit, you probably encounter users who score really big at flea markets. Of course, there are lots of folks who don’t know what they’re selling and instead just want to get rid of the junk they’ve accumulated. Vintage cameras are surely worth looking at. Not only are they often gorgeous, but they can also provide a rewarding experience. We’ve been going to flea markets for years and exploring a bunch of vintage cameras. Here’s what we’ve learned along the way and what you should keep in mind.

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These Four Vintage Cameras Come in Really Cool Colors

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The awesome thing about certain vintage cameras is that they can be refurbished. And often when they’re refurbished, they can come in some pretty awesome colors. But these four over at Blue Moon Camera are pretty exceptional! There’s a fully mechanical Rose Gold Minolta SRT 303B. There’s also an SRT 201B in Rose Gold. Then there’s the Pentax KM in Blue. And finally, there’s the Minolta SRT101 in Red. You can check out each of these cameras at their according links. Each are available at great prices and provide you with a totally unique look.

Vintage Camera Review: Contax NX (The Lil’ Contax 645, Sort Of)

The Contax NX is a camera that could arguably be called the lil’ Contax 645.

Though the Contax N is really the lil’ Contax 645, the Contax NX isn’t much different aside from the build quality and a few other things. Photographers will adore this camera if they’re the type to shoot portraits in a studio. Even if you shoot weddings the way photographers did with the Contax 645, the Contax NX will do a great job. But no matter what, just remember that it’s all about the lenses. And this system has some awesome lenses.

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Vintage Camera Review: Leica R6 (Cheap Leica, Pricey Lenses)

Everyone complaining about Leica prices probably hasn’t used the Leica R6, and they know nothing about R mount glass.

If I were to track the popularity of the R series vs the M series, then I’d say the R6 is probably the most popular in the R lineup, but it’s nowhere near as popular as M mount options. However, while the R series cameras aren’t that raved out, their lenses are. Years ago, the cinema industry discovered those lenses and started buying and reformatting a ton of them. When that happened, the their prices began to skyrocket. And for that reason, owning and using a camera like the Leica R6 is a great honor. You get native access to a number of lenses that the cinema world goes crazy for. On top of that, the Leica R6 is the closest thing to the coveted Leica M6 in my opinion.

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This Cool Looking Pistol Is Actually a Working Vintage Camera

The Doryu 2-16 Flash Camera Pistol Subminiature Camera is an incredibly curious piece of vintage photo history.

For our vintage series, I do a lot of hunting for particular cameras. And when I saw this Doryu 2-16, I gasped. One could say that this is the perfect clickbait. Others might find it genuinely fascinating. Both guns and cameras can shoot. Some folks have an affinity for both–like photographer Dewey Keithly whom with we’ve previously spoken. The camera can be a far more dangerous weapon. But more than likely, it’s taking pictures of whatever tantalizes us. This Doryu 2-16 listing on eBay is one of the rarer types of fusions.

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We’re Hiring: Reviews Editor, Vintage Camera Expert, and Podcast Editor

To continue pushing the needle, The Phoblographer is looking to grow and sustainably expand the staff.

Hi everyone,

The Phoblographer is doing a call for part-time positions here on staff. Two of them are for international hires, and one positively must be filled within the USA. We pride ourselves on diverse hiring amongst our contractors. It’s important to us and the audience. We’re continuing to evolve, and you can be part of one of the most significant changes we’ve made in many years. Check out the listing below.

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You’ll Want to Read This If You’re Planning on Buying a Vintage Camera

If you’re in the market for a vintage camera, our latest infographic covers everything to look for before taking the plunge.

While we cover the latest and greatest cameras on The Phoblographer, some of our favorites actually happen to be vintage cameras. Although vintage cameras lack most of the advancements we enjoy in today’s cameras, they offer a different shooting experience. They are products from a bygone era, more akin to mechanical tools rather than the full-fledged computers that cameras are today. The shooting experience with a vintage camera is often much more tactile and evokes a sense of nostalgia. If you’re planning on purchasing a vintage camera of your own, here are the things you should be on the look out for.

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Need a Gig? We’re Hiring a Freelance Vintage Camera and Lens Expert

The Phoblographer needs a specialized Vintage Camera and Lens Expert for our continuing growth.

Hi folks! We know that some of you are looking for a gig, and so we’re sourcing the photo world for a vintage camera and lens expert. Our ideal fit for this position will have a working knowledge of vintage cameras and lenses. We’re not talking about just one camera system, but a lot of them. It not only has to be your passion but something that you very much specialize in. The Phoblographer pays fair (arguably lenient), ethical rates, and we’re known to even attract competitors’ writers because our staff is treated just that fairly. With that said, we have a very strict non-compete policy. The ideal candidate will also have some sort of sales background. Think you’ve got what it takes? We’ve got all the details below.

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5 Weird Vintage Cameras: One of These Gave Photographers Headaches

Everyone lusts after a few specific vintage cameras, but it’s the weird vintage cameras that have really cool tales.

Amongst the oddest cameras you’ve seen and owned, ask yourself, “What did they think when they designed this?” It’s true today that no camera maker makes an odd or bad camera, but there are surely questionable decisions that were made over the years. Early cameras were odd. Russian fakes of various cameras were even odder. And some were just so weird to work with that they were bound to give a photographer a headache. Today, we’re looking at a few bizarre vintage cameras that some folks adore, and some are happy to have gotten rid of.

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What’s Your Favorite Vintage Camera? This and More on Pro Camera Reviews

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Pro Camera Reviews is a new web show by the Reviews Team of the Phoblographer. Join Gear Editor Brett Day, Reviews Editor Paul Ip, and Editor in Chief Chris Gampat as they candidly discuss the products they’re actively reviewing and the gear they’ve just reviewed. Open Q and A from the audience towards the end of the show. Every Sunday at 7pm EST.

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Pro Camera Reviews: We Discuss Our Favorite Vintage Cameras

Our next Episode is on Sunday at 7pm EST. Join us here.

Pro Camera Reviews is a new web show by the Reviews Team of the Phoblographer. Join Gear Editor Brett Day, Reviews Editor Paul Ip, and Editor in Chief Chris Gampat as they candidly discuss the products they’re actively reviewing and the gear they’ve just reviewed. There’s an open Q and A from the audience towards the end of the show. Every Sunday at 7pm EST.

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Reveni Labs Creates a Very Tiny Light Meter for Vintage Cameras

If your vintage camera doesn’t have a working light meter, the tiny device designed by Reveni Labs could be just what you need.

Given the popularity of film photography today, many vintage cameras are being granted a new lease on life. However, some of them either don’t have built-in light meters or no longer have working light meters. For shooting situations and films that need precise exposures, a reliable light meter will be necessary. Not everyone has the budget for, or access to handheld light meters: others simply don’t like working with them. For this, Canada-based Reveni Labs has created a modern yet tiny light meter that easily pairs with hundreds of cameras. Sounds like a big step up from the paper light meter that has been a popular option for film photographers!

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Groovy Vintage Camera Ad Reminds Us of the Kodak Instamatic Flashcubes

This flash from the past takes us back to the Swinging Sixties and Kodak’s foray into flash photography with the Kodak Instamatic flashcubes.

Built-in flash and flash attachments for cameras are so commonplace now that we don’t really give it much thought. But today’s featured vintage camera ad reminds us of a time when using flash meant slapping one of these little explosive contraptions called Flashcubes on a Kodak Instamatic camera. So, if you’re ready, let’s step back into the Swinging Sixties and see it in action!

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Vintage Camera Ads Feature Most Advanced Kodak Camera in the 1960s

Apart from iconic emulsions, Kodak also made some pretty interesting cameras, as today’s featured vintage camera ads from the 1960s remind us.

Been enjoying the walk down memory lane through the vintage camera ads we’ve been sharing? Today’s featured ad and commercial are the next to surprise and delight you. If you’ve been shooting with Kodak films, or are simply interested in the company’s history, we think you’ll be especially curious about the Kodak Motormatic 35 shown here!

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5 Rare Leica Cameras to Satisfy Your Lust for Vintage Cameras

We’re sure your vintage camera collection is still missing at least one or two of these rare Leica cameras.

Leica cameras easily make it onto a lot of photographers’ wishlists and and become their tools of the trade. But for those who are also avid vintage camera fans, rare Leica models can be the Holy Grail cameras of a collection. If that sounds like you, we put together a roundup of five rare Leica cameras that we believe will make great additions to your acquisitions.

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This Vintage Camera Ad Reminds Us of the “Countdown” Polaroid

Does anyone remember this Polaroid Land Camera with a “countdown” feature? Let this vintage camera ad remind you if you’ve forgotten!

Polaroid cameras from decades past remain among the most popular and beloved when it comes to vintage cameras, revered alongside their modern counterparts. That’s why, apart from the cameras themselves, a lot of instant photography fans find themselves fascinated with the vintage camera ads that feature them. Today, put the spotlight on one such ad, which takes us back all the way to 1970.

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This Vintage Camera Ad Shows Us How to Selfie in 1912

The ladies of 1912 were toying with the idea of selfies long before the smartphone era – or so this vintage camera ad seems to suggest.

The recent decade saw the world so enamored in selfies that it has gone from a seemingly innocent preoccupation to an obsession likened to a mental disorder. But, self-portraiture isn’t only a thing of recent times, and there are several things that prove it. One of them is a vintage camera ad showing how it was done way back in 1912 — or not.

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Vintage Camera Commercials: Asahi Pentax as a Travel Companion

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For your dose of vintage camera ads today, we bring a bunch of Japanese commercials showcasing the Asahi Pentax as the camera for the intrepid traveler.

If you’ve been looking forward to the vintage camera ads and commercials we’ve been sharing recently, we’re sure you’ll like today’s bunch. In case you missed it, Pentax recently turned 100 years. So, we thought it would be nice to share these quirky commercials from Japan, starring the Asahi Pentax cameras as worthy travel companions. Those who still have their vintage Pentax cameras will definitely find the ads extra amusing!

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This Vintage Camera Paradise in Finland Is a Film Photographer’s Dream

Attention, film photographers! If you have a dream vintage camera or lens, there’s a big chance you’ll spot it in this mind-blowing spot in Finland!

Are you a film photographer still looking to tick a dream vintage camera or lens off your wishlist? Or are you a vintage photography gear collector with an insatiable curiosity for what’s still out there? Maybe you’re a photographer with a taste for weird and wonderful photography contraptions? If you answered yes t any of these, you’re in for a treat in the latest videos by Paris-based photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern.

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5 Awesome Vintage Camera Pieces of Furniture Every Photographer Needs

Photographers, there’s no great reason why you shouldn’t have some cool and camera related house wares.

There’s a trend in the design world to take old, non-functional cameras and to make them into cool pieces for apartment decoration. I mean, just imagine candle lanterns but made out of a camera of some sort! If you’re one of those photographers who likes those Lens Mugs, then you’re probably going to adore all these cool decorations that you can get for your home at a pretty affordable price.

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