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Vintage Cash Cow shared that they receive significantly more enquiries about cameras around World Photography Day on August 19 and in light of that unveiled the most unusual and valuable cameras consumers should look out for. Mia Foster, head of the camera department at Vintage Cash Cow, said: “Holidays are one of the main times we dig out our cameras to capture the memories and, thanks to this, many people uncover old items which might not have been used for generations.
“In our experience, every household is likely to have a vintage camera lying around. While common models may fetch in the £5 – £50 range, we’ve also paid thousands for some particularly rare and well looked after pieces of kit.
“If these have sentimental value, they should be kept; otherwise, if people decide to recycle and rehome these items, they can look to generate some additional income by reselling them. Items are accepted in any condition, including broken or damaged.”
Vintage Cash Cow listed their most popular cameras of all time:
Pony Premo No.2 – 1890’s
This wooden plate camera has a leather-covered box and brass features alongside burgundy bellows.
Originally sold for £7,29 and has kept this value, rising with inflation to be worth around £220 today.
This Rolleiflex 2.8 vintage camera was originally sold in the 1960’s (Image: Vintage Cash Cow)
Eastman Kodak No.3-A Folding Pocket camera – early 1900’s
Some of these models were created with an ultra-rare trait: red bellows.
An ordinary Eastman will fetch around £100, with the unique bellows increasing the price even higher.
Kodak Vanity Ensemble – 1920’s
This set combined Kodak Vest Pocket Camera with matching makeup packaged in a large case with a built-in mirror.
Altogether this set can be worth around £500.
Coronet Midget – 1930’s
This tiny bakelite camera only weighs 55 grams which made it ideal for travelling and came in a variety of colours.
Currently the midget sells for around £300.
Kodak Beau Brownie – 1930’s
This classic camera was part of a Kodak series which made it more sought-after in its limited-edition colours.
Depending on the colour, this classic fetches up to £500.
This Pony Premo No.2 was one of the first commercially available cameras (Image: Vintage Cash Cow)
Olympus Trip 35 – 1950’s
One of the first compact, fully manual point and shoot film cameras, designed specifically for holidays.
Refurbished and restored Trips can up the resell price to £150.
Leica Kits – 1930’s
Leica photography equipment, such as specific lenses, can fetch up to £10,000 and the USSR-made Zorkis and FEDs cameras can be worth around £40.
Rolleiflex 2.8 – 1960’s
This medium format film camera revolutionised the photography industry, with this tiwin lens camera fetching £1,500 on the resale market.
Nikon FM3a – 2000’s
The more attainable option in comparison to Leicas, these 35mm film cameras can sell for up to £600 despite only being produced 20 years ago.
Usable cameras in good condition get the best reselling price on the market, so Vintage Cash Co shared their top tips for storing cameras:
Store cameras safely in a dark, dry place to avoid any mould or light to affect film left in the camera.
If possible, keep the camera stored in its bag, this provides protection from scratches and dents.
Remove the batteries before putting it in storage to avoid battery leaks