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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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Vintage Film Cameras, Keystone Movie Camera
Jun 22, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Film Cameras, Keystone Movie Camera
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$255 Bids
Group of Vintage Cameras, Lenses, and Accessories
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of Vintage Cameras, Lenses, and Accessories
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$455 Bids
Group lot of vintage 35mm cameras
Jul 10, 11:00 AM EDT
Group lot of vintage 35mm cameras
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$202 Bids
Group Lot of Vintage Cameras and Accessories
Jul 10, 11:00 AM EDT
Group Lot of Vintage Cameras and Accessories
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$152 Bids
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Early Black and Silver Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Hektor 7.3cm 1:1.9 M42 Leica Lens
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Early Black and Silver Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Hektor 7.3cm 1:1.9 M42 Leica Lens
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $600- $1,800
$2501 Bid
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Makro-Kilar 2.8/90mm No.219-3965
Jun 29, 11:00 AM CEST
Makro-Kilar 2.8/90mm No.219-3965
by LP Foto Auktioner
Est: 1,000 kr- 1,300 kr
800 kr1 Bid
Antique & Vintage Cameras
Jun 28, 9:00 AM EDT
Antique & Vintage Cameras
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $50- $150
$251 Bid
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Vintage Willo Compact Telescopic Tripod w. Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Orbital Camera Mount
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Willo Compact Telescopic Tripod w. Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Orbital Camera Mount
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $80- $200
$501 Bid
Group lot of Antique and Vintage cameras and accessories
Jul 10, 11:00 AM EDT
Group lot of Antique and Vintage cameras and accessories
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Vintage Cameras
Jun 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Vintage Cameras
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Vintage Cameras
Jun 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Vintage Cameras
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Vintage Movie Cameras
Jun 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Vintage Movie Cameras
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
(8) VINTAGE ROLLEIFLEX CAMERAS & ACCESSORIES
Jun 27, 11:00 AM EDT
(8) VINTAGE ROLLEIFLEX CAMERAS & ACCESSORIES
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $10,000
$501 Bid
Vintage Film Cameras, Kodak, Spartus, Box Camera
Jun 22, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Film Cameras, Kodak, Spartus, Box Camera
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
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Vintage Rolleiflex 3.5F Type 3 Camera.
Jun 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Rolleiflex 3.5F Type 3 Camera.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
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Zenzanon-SP 3.5/50mm No.5502938
Jun 29, 11:00 AM CEST
Zenzanon-SP 3.5/50mm No.5502938
by LP Foto Auktioner
Est: 700 kr- 900 kr
600 kr0 Bids
ELCAN (Leitz Canada), 7x50, 1976
Jul 12, 10:00 AM CEST
ELCAN (Leitz Canada), 7x50, 1976
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€3800 Bids
ELCAN (Leitz Canada), 7x50, Desert Storm
Jul 12, 10:00 AM CEST
ELCAN (Leitz Canada), 7x50, Desert Storm
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
Sylvania 800 TV B&W Video Camera
Jun 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Sylvania 800 TV B&W Video Camera
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $100- $200
$600 Bids
Brownie Six-20 Model C Camera Vintage and Carry Bag Case Kodak. Shows some signs of age. Good
Jun 27, 10:00 AM BST
Brownie Six-20 Model C Camera Vintage and Carry Bag Case Kodak. Shows some signs of age. Good
by Chaucer Auctions
Est: £20- £24
£200 Bids
VINTAGE POLAROID CAMERA GROUPING INCL LAND CAMERA
Jun 27, 11:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE POLAROID CAMERA GROUPING INCL LAND CAMERA
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $10,000
$500 Bids
VINTAGE CAMERA ACCESSORIES GROUPING ETC.
Jun 27, 11:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE CAMERA ACCESSORIES GROUPING ETC.
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $10,000
$500 Bids
Group of Vintage Camera Equipment
Jul 03, 12:00 PM EDT
Group of Vintage Camera Equipment
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $20- $30
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Vintage Cameras


Westport Auction

Westport Auction

Figlio Designs LLC

Figlio Designs LLC

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales