No, unfortunately that would be cost-prohibitive (film is pricey!).
Every camera we sell is vigorously inspected by our team. Our ten-part inspection method includes the following checks:
- Lens – we check for any mould, dust, haze, dirt, cracks and air bubbles. Where possible we clean/remove any imperfections – any remaining are noted.
- Zoom – we inspect both manual and power zoom work smoothly. Any issues are noted.
- Focus – we check that manual focus is smooth and works well. If automatic focus is included as a feature that is also checked.
- Motor / Claw – we check that the motor runs smoothly at all advertised speeds and that the film claw has sufficient torque to advance film.
- Filmgate – this is inspected and any dirt or hair is removed.
- Lightmeter – the lightmeter is inspected to ensure it automatically reacts correctly to light. Manual aperture control and/or backlight is also checked if included as a feature.
- Viewfinder – we inspect for mould, dust and haze or damage. Where possible we clean/remove any imperfections – any remaining is noted.
- Battery terminals – we inspect for rust/corrosion, cleaning and repairing where needed.
- Body – where possible we clean any imperfections. Any remaining cosmetic damage is noted.
- Additional Features – all additional model specific features (such as timelapse or crossfade) are checked for functionality.
Unless specifically mentioned in the product description, all items sold through our website have passed the above inspection and are fully working.
With thousands of sales under our belt and 3000+ positive reviews our customers have found that our inspections are comprehensive and correctly reflect the condition of the camera. In the unlikely case that there is an issue, we offer a full 60 day warranty – allowing you plenty of time to check the camera yourself.
Well, I mean… *blushes*
We’ve been filming with, repairing and selling vintage cameras for a while now. We sold over 1000 vintage cameras last year, all inspected and where needed, repaired. With 99.9% positive feedback, we’d say we know our stuff.
Each vintage camera we sell has it’s own backstory – as such we list them separately, detailing the condition of the product alongside any accessories that come with it. This way you can know that the photos you see are of the actual item you’ll receive and not some generic ones!
Sorry, that’s not our cup of tea.
We recommend GaugeFilms for all film processing and scanning – we’ve used them for years and have always been happy with the results.
Ooooh, good question. It’s important to consider the following things:
- Frame rate – what frame rates do you want to shoot at? As a rule, most super 8 cameras shoot at 18fps as default. If you want to shoot at 24fps or slow motion, you’ll need to buy a mid-range or professional level super 8 camera.
- Exposure – do you want the camera to auto expose for you? Or do you want the ability to adjust it yourself?
- Zoom – most cameras will have some degree of zoom. As a rule of thumb, the more you pay, the more zoom you get.
- Shooting at low light – If you want to shoot in low light condition, you’ll want a lens with a decent maximium apetuture.
- ASA/ISO – cheaper cameras will be able to automatically recognise fewer film stock types.
- Timelapse – do you want to make stop-motion films / do timelapses?
- How much do you want to spend?
You’ll need to juggle all of these considerations to find the right camera for you. As a general rule of thumb, the more you spend, the more features you get – although it’s worth noting that some brands offer greater value for money.
You can filter our cameras in loads of ways, including, price, exposure settings, frame rates.
If you have any questions or need some advice, why not pop us a message and we’ll be happy to advise you.
Currently, no – although it’s a possibility in the future. You’re welcome to pop us a message detailing the issue as we may be able to advise you on how easy it is to repair, resources available etc – we may even offer to purchase it for spare parts!
We sell our cameras on a range of third-party platforms including eBay and Etsy. Those platforms take a significant cut of every sale, which is sadly reflected in the price you pay. If you purchase directly through our website we’re able to offer a 5% discount as we’re not paying those third-party fees!
Absolutely, it’s free on orders of any size or price, although we don’t ship to PO Boxes. Click here for shipping info.
Yup! We offer a 60 day warranty – giving you plenty of time to check out your order to ensure you’re happy with it. Click here for our warranty policy.
We do our best to ensure all orders arrive in perfect condition! We use a range of packing materials including bubblewrap, polystyrene balls, boxes and packing bags.
Your order will be packaged discretely to ensure the surprise isn’t given away if it’s a gift.
We’re committed to helping the environment and where possible we reuse packaging materials.