Vintage Cameras

After George Eastman invented Kodak film and the Kodak camera in the 1880s, amateur photography became widely popular and cameras became numerous and varied. Today, collectors typically acquire vintage cameras for their unique designs rather than the quality of photos. Art Deco style, colorful plastics, advertising, brand name, and other factors attract collectors to vintage cameras.

Vintage cameras were made in several types, including box, accordion, single lens, double lens, 35mm lens, and instant cameras. Collectors of antique cameras search for the early wooden-box cameras used by professional photographers. Other collectors prefer the variety of personal cameras manufactured for the public. Vintage 35mm cameras are especially collectible and some of the most valuable cameras are 35mm. Collectors may also have interest in vintage instant cameras, especially the original Polaroid Land Camera from 1948.

Movie cameras are also sought after by some collectors. The home movie camera was first produced in the '20s and color movie film was introduced in the '30s. Bolex, Kodak, and Bell and Howell are popular movie camera brands. Smaller and lighter 8mm camera formats made home movies very popular in the '50s and '60s.

Quick Facts

  • In 2012, a Leica 0 Prototype 1, the original 35 mm camera, sold at auction for $2,786,400, the highest price ever paid for a vintage camera
  • The Kodak Brownie box camera, introduced in 1900, made photography easy and affordable for everyone. All models of Brownie cameras were mass produced in large quantities, so today, most of these cameras can be purchased for under $100
  • In 1991, Kodak introduced the first digital camera available to the public, the DCS 100. It required a heavy, tethered monitor and control unit and cost over $30,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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Group Lot of Vintage Cameras
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Group Lot of Vintage Cameras
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $300
$2259 Bids
Collection to incl
Oct 19, 7:00 PM AEDT
Collection to incl
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1006 Bids
Lot of vintage toys including Roy Rogers camera and metal airplane
Oct 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Lot of vintage toys including Roy Rogers camera and metal airplane
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$204 Bids
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Vintage Rolleiflex Camera
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Vintage Rolleiflex Camera
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $200
$153 Bids
Collection of vintage camera equiptment etc
Oct 19, 7:00 PM AEDT
Collection of vintage camera equiptment etc
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD303 Bids
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Fine Pencil Signature of America’s Greatest Inventor, Thomas Edison
Oct 27, 1:00 PM EDT
Fine Pencil Signature of America’s Greatest Inventor, Thomas Edison
by Lion Heart Autographs
Est: $350- $500
$1252 Bids
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Set Vintage Nikon Camera
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Set Vintage Nikon Camera
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$152 Bids
Two vintage Kodak camera's
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Two vintage Kodak camera's
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD202 Bids
Group Lot of Vintage Lenses
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Group Lot of Vintage Lenses
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $300
$101 Bid
Vintage Diana-F Camera
Oct 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Diana-F Camera
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $40- $70
$201 Bid
3 vintage cameras and a vintage movie camera
Oct 18, 2:00 PM PDT
3 vintage cameras and a vintage movie camera
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$301 Bid
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DREI KAMERAOBJEKTIVE NIKON,
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
DREI KAMERAOBJEKTIVE NIKON,
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €0- €0
€151 Bid
VINTAGE KPACHOROPCK 2 16MM CAMERA WITH EXTRAS
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE KPACHOROPCK 2 16MM CAMERA WITH EXTRAS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$301 Bid
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Vintage Kodak Reflex ll Camera
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Vintage Kodak Reflex ll Camera
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
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Vintage Kodak Camera
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Vintage Kodak Camera
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
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Vintage Compur Folding Camera F Deckel Munchen
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Vintage Compur Folding Camera F Deckel Munchen
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
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Set Vintage Zeiss Ikon Camera
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Set Vintage Zeiss Ikon Camera
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$100 Bids
Lot of Vintage Cameras and Lenses
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of Vintage Cameras and Lenses
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
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Canonflex R 2000 No.56481
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Canonflex R 2000 No.56481
by LP Foto Auktioner
Est: 1,100 kr- 1,400 kr
800 kr0 Bids
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Xenar 3.5/18cm No.129785
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Xenar 3.5/18cm No.129785
by LP Foto Auktioner
Est: 1,000 kr- 1,300 kr
800 kr0 Bids
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Ermanox 4.5x6 No.1038999
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Ermanox 4.5x6 No.1038999
by LP Foto Auktioner
Est: 16,000 kr- 20,000 kr
13,000 kr0 Bids
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Plaubel Makina III No.SK51/998
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Plaubel Makina III No.SK51/998
by LP Foto Auktioner
Est: 5,000 kr- 6,000 kr
4,400 kr0 Bids
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Kodak Ektar 3.3/35mm No.EY858
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Kodak Ektar 3.3/35mm No.EY858
by LP Foto Auktioner
Est: 2,000 kr- 2,400 kr
1,600 kr0 Bids
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Kodak Ektar 3.5/50mm No.EY689
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Kodak Ektar 3.5/50mm No.EY689
by LP Foto Auktioner
Est: 1,600 kr- 2,000 kr
1,300 kr0 Bids

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