With the click of a shutter, a photographer is able to capture a fleeting moment and hold it forever. It’s no wonder that photography is so deeply connected to nostalgia. For many people, that nostalgic feeling embraces the love of vintage camera equipment as well. Whether it’s the look of vintage gear, the sturdy metal construction of the equipment, or simply the challenge of using a camera from days gone by, vintage photographic items enjoy a strong popularity today. Below are a few cameras and accessories that make for interesting vintage finds. Click on the name of the item underneath the image to go straight to the listing.
The Crown Graphic is a 4×5 folding camera that was produced between 1958-1973. It is almost identical to the Speed Graphic, but lacks the focal plane shutter. As a result, the Crown Graphic weighs approximately 1 lb less than the Speed Graphic, which is more ideal for hand held use. It weighs roughly 4.8 lbs with the included Optar 135mm f4.7 lens. This particular camera has inoperable shutter speeds, so this vintage beauty would make a great repair project or nice decorative piece.
Straps are definitely a recommended accessory that can help save a camera from a fatal fall. The nice thing about camera straps is not only are they functional, but they can be stylish as well. Vintage camera straps in particular have patterns and colors that are a lot of fun. This style is known as a “hippie” type strap. The strap is made of cloth and leather, and the clips are made of metal. It is 2” wide, adjustable and features a multicolor design. It works with almost all film and digital camera bodies, so the nostalgic look can be enjoyed with both vintage and modern cameras.
When collecting vintage equipment, sometimes locating the vintage accessories to accompany the camera can be difficult. Vintage finds such as the Zeiss Ikon eveready cases are great for protecting your vintage camera, either while in storage or in use. The cases are made of leather, and have a felt lined interior to prevent scratches. The bottom part of the case may remain on the camera while in use, and the front flap can either be flipped open or completely detached depending on the preference of the shooter. This particular lot includes not only the cases, but an array of manuals, film holders and other vintage accessories. It may just include that missing accessory that you’ve been trying to locate for your vintage camera!
The Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera was introduced in late 1972, and was sold nationally by 1973. It was quite an innovative camera for the time, as it was the first that allowed the shooter to simply focus, press a button and instantly have a photograph that developed in daylight. The Polaroid SX-70 also has a nifty collapsible body, and a battery that is built into the film pack. Although Polaroid discontinued production of the film in 2006, The Impossible Project now makes film for many vintage Polaroid cameras like the SX-70. This lot of Polaroid SX-70 Land Cameras is a great find for vintage collectors.
Another neat vintage find is the Kodak Film camera strap. Not only does it have the same functionality as other vintage straps, it has three elastic slots on the underside to store rolls of film. It is 2” wide, and adjustable. The strap is made of cloth, and it has leather connectors and metal clips. It features the vintage Kodak film logo, and the eye-catching yellow would add character to any camera.