Other Vintage Cameras
A vintage camera can still hold a lot of value - whether as a collectible item or a functioning camera. Going back to the time before digital photography produces beautiful, classic images - some vintage enthusiasts even insist they are of a higher picture quality than digital photos. Other vintage cameras may not be in full working order, but they may be a fascinating piece of photographic history that is well worth collecting.
Vintage cameras vary according to the era they come from. You could travel back to the time of the first box cameras - very much on the large side compared to contemporary models but full of historic charm. They can even make a decorative interior design feature when mounted on a tripod in your home.
Moving into more recent times, point-and-shoot film cameras allow you to capture many images on a small roll of film. Buying in this category perhaps gives you the best chance of purchasing a fully functioning camera. Many come with their original leather cases, an added style bonus.
If you are hoping to be able to use your vintage camera to take photos, there are a few things to bear in mind. Firstly, check whether the camera is in working order or not. If not, asking for more information about its state of disrepair will allow you to find out if it can be fixed. Factor camera repairs into your budget and do your research before you buy.
It is also important to check that the right film for your vintage camera is still available. Rare models may have particularly pricey film that is hard to come by, so do find out first. It is also advised to do some research into replacement lenses for your camera, as delicate vintage lenses can be prone to scratches and cracks. Don't worry though, the authentic and enjoyable photographic experience of using a vintage camera far outweighs the extra legwork involved.