No one can know everything right? Below are some resources I’ve found helpful over the years. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below!
Buying and Selling
I do most of my buying and selling on Craigslist and OfferUp, and a little bit on eBay.
For pricing I’ll typically used successful sold auctions from eBay (noting equivalent condition) as well as using KEH.com‘s used camera pricing.
Also of note is the camera price aggregator on Collectiblend.com
Pacific Rim Camera has extensively detailed lists of cameras and pricing. When in doubt check their stock and dont pay more than their price plus shipping!
I do a fair amount of modest repair work myself using the GIYF methodology (Google Is Your Friend). While my skills have evolved somewhat, there are limits to what I can handle so occasionally I’ll send my equipment in for repair.
Canon – current
I send almost anything Canon directly in to the manufacturer since I became a CPS member a few years ago (CPS=Canon Professional Services).
Vintage folding cameras
Jurgen did a beautiful job rehabilitating my Konica Pearl I for me! Full CLA so that I can enjoy this 1950s era beauty.
Canon 35mm cameras, plus many many others
Steve rebuilt/CLA’d both my Canon T90 and one of my Canon AE1-Programs.
406 13th Ave NW
Mandan ND 58554
(775) 829-2244 (mobile)
Ocean Side Camera Repair
Other sources for repair
Ken Rockwell has a nicely maintained list of resources which he uses, including Steve Swerington above
Cleaning Old Cameras
Your mileage may vary
- Classic Camera Cleaning Guide
- How to Clean Your Old Cameras
- How to Clean Your Antique Camera (Kodak 3A)
Canon Camera Museum
Not just about Canon cameras, but actually *by Canon*!
Because sometimes the manufacturer doesn’t share *everything*
The History of the SLR on Wikipedia
The History of Lens design on Wikipedia
Book: SLR COMPENDIUM An Evolutionary History and Guide
Book: TLR COMPENDIUM A Guide and History
Camerapedia list of sources
Manuals and Documentation
- Canon Camera Museum (official)
- Canon Classics
- Photography in Malaysia – HUGE resource website offering a lot of information not available any where else
- List of Polaroid Cameras on Wikipedia
- Sample Images on sampleimages.com
- Collectiblend.com – attempts to be a clearinghouse for current camera prices
- I generally buy fresh 120 and 35mm film from B&H Photo Video
personally I shoot mostly Tri X 400
- B&H also stocks respooled 127 and 620 stocks, and some 110 cartridges
- Additional film types and flash cubes are available at Film and Supplies for Legacy Cameras
- Dwayne’s Photo (Kansas)
- The Darkroom (California)
- Premiere Imaging (Pittsburgh)
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