I’ll say it right now. eBay sucks. Amazon sucks. These are not proper camera retailers and should not be the first places we go to find film equipment and photography supplies. Most sellers on these sites do not check, much less service their vintage cameras or lenses prior to sale. These are sites where people go to buy classic cameras and lenses when they don’t know a better place to go or simply cannot find what they are looking for at a real retailer.
I’ll admit, a good percentage of my accessories and more unusual items come from eBay. There’s nothing wrong with buying something that can’t really break, such as a lens hood, from eBay or Amazon. But my most expensive bodies and lenses, I buy from trusted, reputable dealers who check and service the gear prior to sale and also provide a warranty.
If you try to cut corners buying cheap, un-serviced gear, your photos will suffer. If not now, at some point when you least suspect it. And it’s not good for old cameras to go without service for more than a couple decades. Lubricants harden and the camera may appear to work just fine but with every shot, you’re actually wearing down fine, precision parts which may be impossible to replace in the future. Not a good scene my friend.
So look, here’s a list of websites where I buy, friends have bought, and generally seem to have good reputations. If you’re looking for something, check these sites FIRST, then go to eBay or Amazon out of desperation. Or also, some of these sellers have a presence on eBay and Amazon for exactly this reason. Buy from them there if you like. But the point is, support businesses who support us. Don’t just throw money at people who are emptying out their parents’ closet for extra cash. It may be fun and cheap for the moment but it’s not sustainable long term.
Used 35mm, medium format and digital cameras, lenses and accessories within the continental U.S.:
Serviced and customized 35mm and medium format folding cameras within the U.S.:
Nikon F2 service and sales in the UK and worldwide:
Voigtlander authorized U.S. Dealer and repair:
New toy and point-and-shoot type film cameras and accessories within the United States:
Lomography (and outside the US)
Used 35mm, medium format cameras, lenses and accessories worldwide but specifically in the EU:
Film, processing, used 35mm, medium format cameras, lenses and accessories worldwide but specifically in Russia:
Used and new Leica cameras, lenses and accessories:
Tamarkin (in the United States)
Classic Connection (in the United States)
Red Dot Camera (in the United Kingdom)
New Instax and serviced/upgraded Polaroid cameras international:
And if you’re in the Baltimore, Maryland area, please pay a visit to Baltimore Photo Electronic Supply where I’ve been getting my cameras and having them serviced for nearly 20 years!
Got another favorite photo watering hole? Let me know in the comments so we can all check it out!
Thanks and happy hunting!
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