I have a pretty excessive vintage camera collection but there are still a few cameras out there that have evaded me. I thought it would be fun to put together a list of all of the cameras I hope to one day add to my little family of cameras.
Here are the cameras I hope to one day own.
The Argus C3 is a 35mm camera originally made by Argus from 1939 – 1957. I love the look of this camera. I’ve found it sold anywhere from $3 – $100, depending on condition and knowledge of the owner. I think it would be an amazing edition to my collection. I’ve tried to purchase one twice from two different sellers on Ebay but have had issues so I am still waiting for one to add to my collection.
Argus Lady Carefree Elite
The Argus Lady Carefree Elite was produced in the 60s but I can’t find much more information on it.
Beacon Two-twenty Five
This wonderful little camera was made from 1950 – 1958 by Whitehouse Products Inc. I found one on Ebay and they were asked $299.95 which is a lot more than I can afford to spend.
This little beaut is a 35mm camera made in the 1970s in Soviet Union. They are relatively inexpensive but most I have found on the internet come from outside the country.
This tiny little camera took 16mm film and was made from 1934 – 1943 in Birmingham, England. They were a giveaway in a breakfast cereal. I wish I found one of these in my cereal!
Imperial Mark XII Flash in pink
The Imperial camera was made in a ton of different colors and I would love to get the pink version. It takes 620 film and was made in the 1950s.
Kodak Flashfun Hawkeye
The Kodak Flashfun Hawkeye was made between 1961 – 1967. It took 127 film and costs about $15 today. They came in a few different colors and I would love to get one in red or green.
Kodak Petite in blue
This camera is beautiful! It was made from 1928 – 1933 by Kodak and originally cost $30.
Kodak Rainbow Hawkeye Vest Pocket in pink and purple
This is similar to the Kodak Petite with the exception of the color. I can’t find too much information on this camera so I hope that one day I will be able to find one for myself.
One day I hope to own my very own Leica camera. The company was originally started in 1849 by Ernst Leitz. The company has created a strong brand and even today they make new cameras. They are very pricey so this will be a purchase I will have to save for.
Imperial Official Girl Scout Camera
This is basically the same camera as the Imperial Mark XII Flash but with a different face plate. I love the Girl Scout history behind this piece. I’ve seen their price today range from $15 – $50.
This is by far one of my favorite Polaroid cameras. It was made from 1972 – 1981 by Polaroid. Thanks to the Impossible Project you can now buy film for this camera!
Rolleiflex cameras were made for professional photographers. The different models used a range of different film formats like 117, 120, and 127. They are beautiful cameras and today you can expect to pay anywhere from $150 – $2,000. I will definitely need to save up if I ever want to welcome one of these bad boys into the family.
For one reason or another I haven’t been able to add these cameras to my collection. The most common reason is that I can’t afford to buy it. I try to keep my purchases under $20. That makes the fancier cameras a bit more difficult to find in my price range. I hope to one day have a designated area with cabinets and shelves to display my collection. Right now they live on a bookshelf I bought to house them. It works but I am quickly running out of space.
I hope you enjoyed my little vintage camera wish list.