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Vintage Cameras, Crazy Deals & More: This Camera Street Is A Photographer's Paradise

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What Is It?

With a camera in hand and a water bottle in other, armed with our essentials on a warm afternoon we made our way to the famous camera street aka gully in Fort in the search of vintage cameras and deals. We unravelled a few 40-year-old cameras, some known, and some not so much. Read our guide to a collector’s heaven, and a photographer’s mini heaven – the camera street.

Onto The First Shop….

At the beginning of the street, stands this 40-year-old shop, Mahendra Camtech. Here they have a good collection, with a mix of vintage and contemporary cameras.

We spotted two rare vintage cameras here – the Kodak 120 {40mm} which is almost 40 years old, and an Abpopa 219 {made in the USSR} hanging on from the hooks. Abpopa can be bought for INR 3,000

They also have Ricoh 500 G here available for INR 1,000, and we’ve been told the film for the camera can be sourced here as well. In fact, Mahendra tells us they can also source rare vintage cameras if you’d like.

Call them on 022-40131600 for more information.

Then we focused our attention to the shop right next to Mahesh, and we made our way…

…To The King Of Photography

Camera Centre is manned by a man who refused to give us his name, but let’s just say, others call him “the king of photography”. He has been running this shop for almost 42 years now, and has sold cameras {vintage and new} to crews, students, photographers and the likes.

With a great collection of not-so-vintage cameras {we’re saying 10-year old cameras}, all are available for sale. You can ask him to source a few for you as well. We spotted an old Minolta SLR, among other cameras like Ricoh Singlex, and a collection of first-generation point and shoot cameras. The cameras here start INR INR 1,000 upwards.

 

The One With All The Crazy Deals

Just a few shops ahead, towards the left side is a mega store by the name of Centura Photo Store. Though they don’t do vintage cameras here, they do have a diverse collection of cameras. From your Sony, Nikon, Canon to others. However, in case they don’t have your choice of model, they will call it in for you.

A flat 13 per cent discount is available, though we’re thinking you can work your way around this as well. You can call them on 022- 22623200 or 09322262868 for more information.

 

And The One With The Best Find

One of our best find was a hole in the wall store, Subhash Elektroniks. With some fascinating vintage cameras on their window display, we made our way inside and found two lovely staff members willing to show off the cameras to us.

A loot by all means – here they have Voigtlander Vintage 35mm Camera – and yes, it is still functional. The lens for this camera works in a unique wherein you must manually slide it across the length of the lens barrel.

For INR 15,000 this gorgeous baby can be yours. It’s an oldie but a definite goodie.

We found an old manual 35mm f/2 lens which you can buy for INR 10,000. The USP about this is that it will work with your modern cameras as well. Apart from this, we also saw a cute red film point and shoot {INR 500}, the one we all took to our family trips. You can call them on 022- 22617194 for more details.

For All Your Go-To Repairing Worries

Popular Electronics is a store for you go-to repairs. Here we spotted a few vintage non-functional cameras. However, we found Nikon FM2 here with a 35-75mm lens, and it was fully functional.

This is also a good shop for your repairing trips, in case you’re looking for steal deals.

So, We’re Saying…

The camera street is a fun lane to explore if you’re looking to get your hands vintage cameras, and the newer ones. We suggest when you get here, make sure to bargain well, and check whether the films will be available from them or not. Get your cameras out, and make it a fun afternoon out of this. #InstaGood

#LBBTip

Photographers who’re particularly looking for Sigma camera, and lenses there’s a Sigma shop right there. And for the professional studios out there, there are plenty of shops selling backgrounds in wholesale as well.

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