1.18.2011

Vintage Cameras


I think I need somebody to pinch me right now, because I can't even believe this post is real. A few days ago, my boss (from the hotel) text me to say that he had picked up some vintage cameras from his moms house in Florida, and that he wanted me to have them. I was thinking two, maybe three cameras, so when I got work a few days later and saw that there were SIX vintage cameras in all, complete with their original manuals and everything, I was beyond excited! I still can't believe that someone would just hand all of these treasures over to me. Time to start digging on Ebay for some film.

If you're reading, THANK YOU so so so much, LEE!

Congrats to Kenzie Faith! You're the winner of the Shopbop.com giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered! You guys made that my biggest giveaway ever.

41 comments:

The Cat and The Cow said...

That is unbelievable!!!!! I cant wait to see some of the photos you take with these!!!

Michelle Elizabeth said...

Sweet cameras! I have a few of those myself.

Penny Dreadful said...

Wow, what a score! You lucky girl :)

vogueish said...

omg..you are freaking lucky..i've been scouting for some of these all over the net..and here you get it on a platter..wow...!!!!!!..i really like your boss hahaa..!!!!
have fun with 'em..
bisous!!!!

Hannah Percyowl said...

Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the ground!
That's awesome >.<

bestie said...

Okay, hating you a little. But thankfully the thought of what delightful things you will do with these reels me back.

lauraa said...

amazing!!
I found a vintage box brownie flash camera over the summer, again all with manuals and even blulbs for the flash. I was so excited so I can't imagine how great you feel with that haul!!
xxx

hellomissa said...

Oh my what wonderful treasures! I love cameras and especially vintage ones! <333 Your blog is amazing and I love your sense of fashion!

Yoshi said...

Wow, congratulations, I am a little jealous! Will be interested to see the pictures you take! :D

Luchie said...

ah lucky you! :)

lensanythingelse said...

a real treasure!Lucky you!

The Daily Fashionista said...

Wow!! Lucky Girl!! My husband and I have been building our vintage camera collection for about 4 years now, and none of them are as in good condition as though! You did good!!

Siubhan said...

These are beautiful. These would look so beautiful even sitting on a mantlepiece, but the fact that they work, and have their original manuals, is out of this world. I can't wait to see what you achieve with them!

Rachel said...

That's insane! So lucky! :D

the girl in the bowler hat said...

Wow! These cameras are absolutely gorgeous. I've managed to collect quite a few vintage cameras recently from my granddad, but these ones are in such a good condition!

xxxx

Kelly said...

Wow this is such an exciting and unexpected gift! These look like really great additions to any camera collection.

Fi Fi said...

LUCKY LUCKY, enviable haul. You should check out the Impossible Project for Polaroid Film, they have been reproducing for a couple of years now. x

http://kiss--on--the--lips.blogspot.com/

Babes in Thriftland said...

Wow, lucky! I have an Argus and a Brownie that I bought on Etsy and they are great! I haven't figured out how to do TTV with my new SLR but I hope to soon! Can't wait to see some of the pictures you get from these!

emmalemma said...

Awesome! I have a Brownie Hawkeye just like that, that I picked up at a yard sale for $1! Unfortunately mine didn't have the flash.

A helpful hint, they don't sell film for it anymore, but you can buy it specialty OR! Buy 120 film and spool it onto a 620 spool. In mine, the 120 spool fits in the "In" slot but not in the "out." If you do that, just make sure to rewind the film back on to the 120 spool because you might not get your 620 one back and they can be hard to find!!

Aesthetic Alterations said...

That Argus is VERY interesting! What does it take? 127? It looks small to take 120 film.

Have fun!

CAITLIN said...

oh my gosh, totally amazing!!! i'm jealous :)

Honor said...

you lucky bugger

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Rosaspina Vintage said...

Oh my goodness that Polaorid in the last picture is insanely cute! You could carry it around in your handbag!! Oh my my my :)

KristiMcMurry said...

That's awesome! Those sx-70 cameras are worth a bit of $$$ so you've got yourself a treasure! The impossible project has sx-70 film...which is kind of hit or miss in the camera I have.

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

these cameras are great fun!

anja louise verdugo said...

If you ever needed to, you could sell that SX-70 for at least $100 if it's working properly! Oh, and I think someone else said so too, but the Impossible Project film for SX-70 is really hard to use. I had a horrible time with it, and even my polaroid expert film said it was a huge pain in the ass to get it to turn out at all. I definitely recommend spending more and getting some of the old style film on ebay!

In the Weeds and the Whimsy said...

poop on you
lucky duck

Manja said...

This is unbelievably awesome!!! I started thinking about starting up a vintage camera collection but I have no space left whatsoever in my tiny student room. I'll wait till after graduation because I am really excited to take pictures with those kinds of cams!

vintageveggie said...

SUPER exciting. i had a recent camera gifting as well... although not quite as fantastic as yours. but i did manage to get my hands on what i believe you also have, a white polaroid swinger type 20... i just ordered some film from 1966 on ebay and am beyond excited to experiment!

Katherine said...

What a wonderful collection! Your so lucky :)

I have a few polaroids myself! I don't think you'll find film for the landcam, I think they stopped making it over 10 years ago or something. In any case, they look AWESOME! Congrats

auxpaysdesmerveilles said...

That's so amazing! Lucky you!

Hayles said...

Oh how lucky of you!
Strangely, this was in my Google Reader next to a post about someone talking about the Swinger Land Camera, scary!

Frikicoolhunter said...

Wish I could have this cameras!! I think your boss does appreciate you!! Awesome blog! New fan here! xo Silvia.

Casee Marie said...

Oh my goodness, they're beautiful! I love the last shot. I haven't a clue how to properly use a vintage camera but I love looking at them. Ha!

Jenny Morris said...

so lucky! and with all the original cases too! wow :)

Myriam said...

Oh man, these are seriously great! I bet the expired film, if you manage to find any, will crank out some seriously cool photographs!

If anything, these babies would look awesome on display for all to see.

Fantastic!
♥♥♥

bellefantaisie said...

Oh wow that is so awesome! You will get the most amazing pictures with these! So jealous! xx

Charlotte. said...

gosh, you are so lucky! they all look in such brilliant condition.

CrystaL* said...

You are one lucky girl! I love the Super 8!!! I have a photo on my wall just need to find one of my own.

Nadinoo said...

Wow what a great selection of treasures! Love the final compact camara. x

Sundari said...

That is great! Isn't it wonderful when people do such an immense act of kindness. I would love to be in your shoes right now!