If you’re a lover of anything vintage like us and also a photography enthusiast, you’ll love the photos produced by these vintage cameras. Vintage film cameras in particular are especially fun to experiment with and the photo results are absolutely stunning.
Classic vintage cameras are a great item to own if you really want to learn about the history of cameras and the intricate workings of vintage cameras before the production of modern digital cameras. The first thing you need to decide is the type of vintage camera you’re looking for: SLR, Instant, a TLR? There are many cameras for sale of all types.
SLR Vintage Cameras
An SLR camera is a single-lens reflex camera which is usually made up of a mirror and prism system and works simply by looking through the lens directly at what you want to capture.
Vintage SLR cameras to buy from Amazon UK:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-Black-Body-50mm-camera/dp/B00BPW5TGM https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yashica-FX-3-Super-camera-body/dp/B00AWY0QVM https://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-Analogue-Camera-Silver-INCLUDING/dp/B01DZSXZT6
One of the best cameras has to be the Nikon F2. The great thing about this camera is that you can use almost any Nikon lens and it will be compatible with this camera.
Our team at steptoesantiques.co.uk also really love the kind of photos you get with the Yashica Fx3. It’s a real gem from 1979, plus it’s really compact, light, easy to use, and not too expensive.
Best Instant Vintage Cameras UK Models
Some of the best cameras are the instant ones. We love that you can capture the moment instantly instead of waiting for the film to be developed.
Instant cameras to buy now on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Polaroid-Originals-OneStep-i-Type-Camera/dp/B075H66KTS/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Polaroid-Originals-OneStep-i-Type-Camera/dp/B075H66KTT/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Polaroid-IMAGE-SPECTRA-Instant-Camera/dp/B00AJWEQK4
Polaroid is undoubtedly the most famous and the best for instant cameras. There are great modern versions of the classic but these vintage ones offer a much more unique experience.
The Polaroid OneStep Classic land camera is a great camera for beginners, but it can be hard to find a working one!
eBay Vintage Cameras
You can find some really good, used, and cameras on Ebay for really good prices. Check out these pre-loved cameras at affordable prices.
Vintage cameras to buy on eBay UK: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Konika-Auto-S2-35mm-Rangefinder-Film-Camera-with-f1-8-Hexanon-Lens-and-Case/162839451774?hash=item25e9fcd87e:g:Ub0AAOSw2tFaUcBK https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LUBITEL-166-Universal-LOMO-120-Film-Camera-TLR-Lomography-Russian-WORKING-VGC/292475998805?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D49920%26meid%3D36c3c21fbd864e12952cce1bba984b92%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D2%26sd%3D282860939204%26itm%3D292475998805&_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Rolleiflex-FRANKE-HEIDECKE-Braunschweig-Camera-TCS1790/232693319809?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D49920%26meid%3Db0054c5916954f2b8c6203e0418c43e3%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D2%26sd%3D332553268434%26itm%3D232693319809&_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850
In this list, the Lubitel is a particular favorite. It’s amazing to see how its mechanics work. The design is really smart and unique compared to many cameras. It’s a lot of fun to take photos with!
Vintage Cameras Photography Lovers Must Own
Sometimes, even if a vintage camera is not in working order, they’re simply a great thing to collect and even to learn about. Their history is fascinating and many of them still give you amazing photo quality.
We’ve learned that 35 mm cameras are still some of the best kinds of cameras you can buy, even when compared to recent models. They’re still used today by professional photographers, so you can’t go wrong with one of them.