Vintage Cameras, Lenses and Equipment

Abbeys sells a range of vintage cameras as well as lenses and other camera equipment, during their niche auctions.

Highlights from Special Camera Auction in Melbourne, held on Saturday 19 October 2013 from 10am

See our video and images below featuring two very special private collections of Cameras that were for sale at our Melbourne auction, including Leica, Pentax, Mamiya, Nikon, Canon, Rolleiflex & more.

Vintage cameras, camera lenses and camera equipment

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Leica M3 1,000,000+

Pony Premo 1891

Minolta SRT 303b 1975

Verascope Circa 1910

Mamiya C330 Circa 1970

Contax 1 Circa 1932

Nikon FN Circa 1977

Revere Stereo 33 1950s

Thornton & Pickard 1890s

Rolleiflex 2.8E Circa 1958

Exa 2 Circa 1960

Praktica Super TL 1968

Buying a Vintage Camera

Vintage cameras are very popular, with some people buying them as a collectible, others as a functional camera to produce old fashioned images. If you're after the latter, it's important to ensure the product is in working order.

To determine whether a camera can be used, here are some important things to consider:

Does the camera currently work? If not, find out if it can be fixed and what these costs will be.

Can you still buy film? If you're wanting to actually take photos with your new (or should I say old) purchase, doing some research to ensure film is still available is highly recommended. For very rare cameras they will likely require rare film, so look into the price of this too before making a decision.

Is there a lens? Antique cameras may no longer have a lens, and if you're wanting a functional device that takes photos, you're going to need one. Much like film, do some research to see if lenses are available for the specific model, and what the costs will be.

With our vintage cameras, they are generally from private collections, where the individual has taken great care of the items. But asking questions is a great way to find out everything you need to know, so you can make an informed purchase decision.