Bringing the Past Alive...

For the past 5 years I have been buying and selling Vintage Cameras and Film related items. I collect cameras from all over the world, and I especially look for those that are a little different or a little more rare than the mainstream vintage cameras that are normally available in the market place. Film photography here in Australia is facing a resurgence. Some high schools now teach darkroom technique and there has been a world wide interest in all things vintage and hence the vintage camera market has started to grow. 

So, why use a vintage camera? Film photography is a challenge in that every time you push that little button on the camera, it costs you, to buy and develop the film. However digital photography with its growing "point and shoot" base cost you little if anything at all. You don't have to think about how to frame the shot, how to compose it and most of all how to adjust the settings to create and artistic image rather than simply letting the software in your smart phone do it for you. So with film photography you need to stop, and think about what you are doing. How can I compose this image to gain the best from what is before me? Film has a totally different look to digital. Black and white photography, that is using black and white film comes from a totally different mindset. If you take a black and white image on a digital camera, most people expose the image in colour then convert to black and white. So you see your image in colour then convert. With film photography you see through the viewfinder the world before you in colour but as soon as you push the exposure button you immediately record in black and white. The difference doesn't seem much but because every image costs you, but you have to think twice before you shoot, so in shooting black and white, you then start to think in black and white or should I say you start to think in a totally different way, looking for contrasts and shadows and form because black and white looks more at shapes and form than colour does. Imagine photographing a clown in black and white?

With film photography you can launch out into medium or large format photography. The negatives from medium and large format cameras can capture much more information than the sensor in a digital camera can. If you are adventurous you could explore glass plate photography or even wet plate collodion.

So enough said, to me just the technology of vintage cameras, especially some of the mid last century German cameras are a work of art of engineering. Collecting cameras is a fascinating hobby.


Vintage Camera Gift Cards.

A range of Vintage Camera Designed Gift Cards, Special Occasion Cards all from cameras from our collection.

Pack of 5 Cards with envelopes - Cards are 145 x 100mm (Front) folded - blank inside. There are approximately 20 image variations.


$9.95AUD plus P&H

State Theatre of Sydney Souvenir Program

This is a 1973 Sydney Opera House Festival souvenir for the SYDNEY STATE THEATRE.
It was presented during the opening of The Sydney Opera House by Queen Elizabeth II.

The booklet has the story of the State theatre and it design with many black and white drawings and a 
colour front piece painting of a nude.
See images.
A classic collectible for anyone interested in theatre.

$9.95AUD plus P&H

Magic Lantern Slide #1

A Large Hand Painted Magic Lantern Slide - ?Humpty Dumpty. 370mm long - Wooden Frame.

$69.95AUD plus P&H

Magic Lantern Slide Set

7 Slides - 28 Images - Cities and Landmarks - Historic Characters.

$69.95AUD plus P&H

Rare Moving Magic Lantern Slide
Tobacco Theme

This is a rare movingMagic Lantern slide with a tobacco theme of a man going to a lecture on the evils of Tobacco while smoking a cigarette!
c1880. It is handprinted. The front piece of glass sides to reveal the smoker.
Would have been used in the Temperance movement.
A great collectible of unusual historic display piece.
$29.95AUD plus P&H

Early 1900s Glass Plate Negative Portrait 2 Japanese Women

An original glass plate negative taken in Tokyo by US Makimura a photographer in Tokyo.
170 x 120mm glass negative with 2 images on single plate.
Comes with original photographers sleeve.
In very good condition.

$39.95AUD plus P&H

Vintage Pedal Car - Original Photo - Middlesex UK 1910-20

An original photo taken in Middlesex UK in c1910-20.
110 x 70mm original. 
In good condition.

$19.95AUD plus P&H

Carte de Viste of famous Artist Ernst Rudolph

This is a large Carte de Viste - antique photo of the famous artist Ernest Rudolph famous for his
paintings of North African scenes, Mosques and Arabic scenes.
See sample wikipedia commons  image.
The card is 160 x 105mm.
It is in very good condition for its age.
It looks by its colour and frame style to be late 1800s to 1900.
Taken by a photographer in a studio in Baltimore.

A great collectible for those who love photography or art.

$69.95AUD plus P&H

Vintage Tricycle-Original Photo-UK 1910-20

An original photo taken in Middlesex UK in c1910-20.
110 x 70mm original. 
In good condition.

$12.95AUD plus P&H

Carte de Viste of a young lady 
?a Nurse

This is a large Carte de Viste - antique photo of a young lady in a uniform with cape and hairpiece.
Maybe a nurse from the 1890s???
It is in very good condition for its age.

165 x 105mm

Taken by a photographer in a Cambridge called Ralph Starr, a famous photography studio..

A great collectible for those who love photography.

$69.95AUD plus P&H

Glass Plate Negative - The Milwaukee Model T Lunch Stop.

A 125 x 100mm glass plate negative found in a Falling Plate Camera from 1920s.

It has the image of a man having such by the side of the road alongside a Model T Ford.

The pennant on the back of the Model T says Milwaukee. 

$59.95AUD plus P&H

2 x Carte de Vistes of 2 Men

These are large Carte de Vistes - antique photos of the 2 men. 
One image the man has a haunting stare probably 1910-20.
The other image is of a bearded man probably 1890s.
The cards are 160 x 105mm.
One card has been cut across the bottom but the image is in good condition.
The other card is intact but the image is faded and rough at edges.
A great collectible for those who love photography.

$29.95AUD plus P&H

The Morris Hunters 

A Glass Plate Negative - 105 x 80mm of three men with guns posing in front of a Morris sports car.

$39.95AUD plus P&H

1962 Bikini Fashion Photo Mercury Outboards

This is a 1962 advertising photograph in black and white 8x10.
It was an advert photo for Mercury outboards.
You receive the original photo not a copy!

$14.95AUD plus P&H

 Large Magic Lantern Projector  - Brass Lens
With wooden long glass slide

This is a large Magic Lantern projector with Brass Lens mechanism.
The projector has a globe insert, I am not sure at what stage it was converted.
The cable looks in good condition though I would replace it if I were you.
This comes with a large hand pained wood and glass slide.
There is a piece not in the images for holding the slide forward.
A great display piece.
$199.00 AUD plus P&H

Magic Lantern Projector SLIDES 
with original Tin Box
14 Glass slides.

This is a set of Magic lantern slides from the late 1800s.
There are 3 different sizes of slides.
All are painted.
From what I understand the original images were hand painted and then copied using 
a photographic process onto the glass.
A great collection and an interesting tin.
These normally sell for $5 per slide.

$39.95AUD plus P&H

Flashdance Movie Photo
Jennifer Beals & Michael Nouri
 10 x 8"
An movie memorabilia photo from the cast of Flashdance.
Looks like promotional photo.

$9.95AUD plus P&H

A Labour Party Advertisement in the form of a 
$22 Note

This is a Labour party advertisement during the Fraser government written in the form of a mock $22.00 note.
It slams Malcolm Fraser and the Liberal government of the period.
As it says "This bill is as phone as the Fraser Government.
A great political collectible of the Whitlam/Fraser period.

It has a part tear in the centre that has been taped.
Otherwise in good condition.
$12.00 AUD plus P&H

Camera Cable Release 

about 100mm / 4".

$4.95AUD plus P&H

Camera Cable Release

about 500mm /20".

Cloth coated.

$8.95AUD plus P&H

Camera Cable Release

about 500mm /20"


$9.95AUD plus P&H

Some Cameras from my collection.... NOT FOR SALE!

A Small Glass Plate Pinhole Camera from 1883

This small camera sis similar to one used by famous Archaeologist Sir William Flinders Petrie to photograph the Great Pyramid at Giza back in the 1880s. 

It is a very simple box camera with a slide off lid at the rear. Inside it is a rack that holds the glass plates. At the front of this rack is a frame to hold the plate ready to be exposed once you closed the lid. You would have a darkroom bag that you would carry around with you to change the plates. The shutter is that simple metal thing on the front that resembles a three leaf clover. You simply slid the shutter to one side, counted off the seconds, then closed the shutter. You didn't have a viewfinder to aim the camera, instead there are aiming lines on the side of the camera, that are very hard to see after 135 years. A simple yet profound camera.


The VR (Virtual Reality) handset of the Victorian Era. In the late Victorian Period cameras are developed with twin lenses allowing the photographer to take two images at once at a very slightly different angle to each other. This image would then be developed and printed on card. Once inserted into the Stereoscope you could peer through the viewfinder and see an image in 3D. It was a tremendous success and many cameras were developed and many 3D images taken of all sorts of topics all over the world. 

Detective Camera

A large box camera from 1906 commonly called a "Detective Camera" but also known as a "Drop Plate" Camera.

These large box cameras earned their name as a Detective camera in a period when cameras were generally uncommon.

A detective would walk down the street with this under his arm, he would previously have set the exposure. Once he sees a scene he needed a discreet photo of he would align the image using the large viewfinder on top of the camera and then simply pull the ring on top or use the cable release at the side, which would activate the shutter. 

The falling plate designation came from the film format and mechanism. When an image had been exposed, he would simply flip a small knob on the top of the camera and the exposed plate would drop down to the bottom of the camera and a new unexposed plate would slide forward ready for another shot! 

These cameras would later on go into common use by the general public being used up until WWII.

The image below is of some glass plates found inside some of these cameras.

Graflex RB Camera 

Used in the short film "Factory Hands" Highlighting the story of Photographer Lewis Hine who used his Graflex camera to portray the abuses of Child labour in the USA and in so doing so changed the course of child labour laws.

The Graflex RB was a large Box shaped SLR camera with a spring loaded , adjustable curtain shutter that allowed adjustment for many different shutter speeds. The curtain would need to be pre wound and triggered to fire a slit opening which travelled across the film. 

This camera was supplied by me for use by the Sydney producer Martin Thorne in the short film "Factory Hands" filmed in Sydney on the site of Old Sydney Town. The movie starred Dan Ewing and went on to win various international short film awards. 

Read more about Lewis Hine HERE

The Aussie TON Camera

An Australian Photographic firm imported cameras from Harringtons Cameras in the UK. They were sold in Australia under the label "TON" as an abbreviation of HarringTONs.  This was a fairly large folding bellows camera similar to Kodaks Number 3 series.