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About CameraCrate

Hi, I’m Ben.

Welcome to – the home of the largest range of Super 8 Cameras. is a small, independently run family business, by filmmakers, for filmmakers.

It’s my mission to offer the best range possible of super 8, 8mm and 16mm cine cameras at affordable prices, all personally inspected (and when needed, serviced and repaired) to ensure they’ll work for years and years! Filmmaking is my passion, I’ve been making films on all formats for over 20 years (I started young!) studying filmmaking in College before going on to film and direct adverts, music videos and several award-winning short films.

My love for Super 8 film started in 2014 when I discovered a series of how-to videos by YouTuber Ray Roberts about Super 8 filmmaking. I did a bit of research and ended up purchasing a Canon Auto Zoom 518 SV Super 8 Camera (which is a fantastic camera) and one reel of Kodak Ektachrome 100D Colour Reversal film. 2 ½ minutes of footage later and I was in love.

Since then, I’ve continued to play with Super 8 along with other analogue and digital formats.

So, what about

Well, that came later… I’ve always loved a bargain, searching through charity shops and carboot sales looking for vintage lenses and cameras. One day whilst in Salisbury with my then girlfriend, I managed to pick up a mint Carl Zeiss 50mm Planar T 1.4 lens, still boxed for next to nothing. Only thing was, even though it was advertised as a Contax mount, it clearly wasn’t. Even after chatting to camera clubs, facebook forums and even contacting Zeiss, I still couldn’t work out what it was…so I improvised! I removed the mount, purchased a EF-NEX adaptor then designed and 3D printed a special washer to join the new mount and lens! Jobs a good’un!

My now-wife had taken note and pointed out that I had a skill for finding and repairing cameras. And, I admit, there was something so pleasing about finding and repairing old cameras and lenses. So, I dived in! It started with a box of broken lens, then some old super 8 cameras, then some more, and before I knew it I’d purchased a pallet of various cameras!

So, why buy from

So here’s the deal, I started CameraCrate because I’m a filmmaker who loves cameras, lenses and super 8. This is my love. Every item that comes through us is fully inspected, and unless specifically mentioned, serviced and repaired to ensure it’s in great condition. If it’s listed as fully working, then it will arrive ready to go, in good working order.

Having received over 1100 5-star reviews in the past year (against 1 negative), I’m confident that we’ll exceed your expectations. But if for any reason you’re unhappy with your order, we offer a no-quibble 30 days returns policy and a comprehensive 60 day warranty.

Got questions? Need advice?

Not a problem – I love talking kit and answering questions. Contact us and I’ll get back to you promptly!

3000+ positive reviews

In total our feedback was 99.7% positive !

Bolex Paillard B8 Double 8mm Camera
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The camera is in great condition! Ben was super helpful with finding the best Bolex as a gift for my partner and was so patient with my questions! I highly recommend this store and will definitely continue ordering from them in the future.
Canon 814 Super 8 Camera
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I can’t thank you enough for your website and the service you provide, I went through three super 8 cameras in this project, including one sold as ‘checked, repaired, CLA’d’, and the one I purchased from you was the only one that worked, and it worked flawlessly! I recommend to everyone that asks me about the film, absolute mvp!
Canon Auto Zoom 814 Super 8 Cine Film Movie Camera
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Came quickly in great condition. Just got my first batch of scans back shot on it and they look amazing. Very happy customer indeed!
Paillard Bolex H16 1953 16mm Cine Film Camera
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Received the item much sooner than expected. It was very well packaged and when opened worked perfectly.
Canon 1014 Super 8 Camera
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I hadn't noticed that the seller was in the UK until after the purchase, so when it showed up on my doorstep just a couple days later, I was floored. Great service, great descriptions, and fantastic packaging for international shipments.
Sankyo LXL 225 Super 8 Camera
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Ben was so helpful in both picking a camera that suited me and in shipping when things got delayed! I will for sure be one to recommend this shop and come here again for more gear in the future. I am so excited about my purchase and it looks great!!
Polaroid Instant Camera
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Camera was packaged so so well, it probably could’ve been chucked out a car and it wouldn’t have had any damage. Delivery was extremely quick and it looks in great condition. Seller was excellent and would recommend buying from.
GAF 64 Super 8 Camera
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Amazing customer service. Bought for a Christmas present. The seller made sure to message me all information about the camera in case I didn’t read the description. Also let me know when the camera was going to be dispatched. Would definitely buy from this shop again. Amazing experience
Super Orion 28mm f/2.8 Prime Lens
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Arrived two days earlier than predicted. Excellent packaging and delivered safely. Perfect looking lens.
Sankyo XL-210 Supertronic Super 8 Cine Film Camera
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Great seller. Got the camera earlier than the planned delivery date. Thank You!
Bolex Paillard DA 9.5mm / 16mm Cine Film Projector
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The seller has been to a good deal of trouble to ensure a safe delivery to the customer. This was a delicate item and all associated parts were individually packed in the container. Received with appreciation.

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