Vin­tage cam­eras: col­lectable, us­able and af­ford­able

Don’t as­sume clas­sic cam­eras cost a bomb. John Wade re­veals some great vin­tage buys you can shoot with to­day

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John Wade re­veals some great vin­tage buys

News ear­lier this year that a Le­ica had sold at auc­tion for a record-break­ing 72.4 mil­lion (around £2.1 mil­lion) might make you think you need to be super-rich to buy vin­tage cam­eras. Not so. This was an ex­tremely rare pre­pro­duc­tion pro­to­type. Back in the real world you can find vin­tage cam­eras to suit ev­ery pocket, whether you are a col­lec­tor, a user, or a lit­tle of both. Col­lec­tors buy cam­eras for their his­toric value or un­usual fea­tures. Pho­tog­ra­phers buy cam­eras to shoot pic­tures. But there is a place where the two worlds meet. Here’s a se­lec­tion of the kind of af­ford­able vin­tage cam­eras that col­lec­tors col­lect and users use.

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