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The Photographic Market Will Appeal to Both Amateur and Professional Photographer


Until this century photography was not a common or everyday thing. People with film cameras took photos on special occasions like holidays and for family events, but it was mainly enthusiasts who took photos frequently. After all there was the cost of developing film and prints, and it could take a week to be ready until same day film processing became common in the 1980's.

Nowadays digital cameras are ubiquitous. If you don't have one in your phone, on a keychain, or on your car dashboard, you probably have at least one digital camera that you can carry with you. Fortunately camera size and weight has shrunk hugely. Even if you want a 50x optical zoom lens, you can probably fit the camera in your handbag or pocket.

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This Minolta 16mm Camera From the 1960's is Compact


Despite this there is still a keen interest in old film cameras and accessories. I'm not sure whether it's the retro look and feel, or the quality and workmanship that appeals to people, but there are still buyers around for old 35mm cameras. If you're a keen photographer you may well also want the equipment to process film. A film developing tank, enlarger, tongs and trays are all handy accessories for film processing.

For retro cameras you may want an interchangeable wide angle or zoom lens, separate light meter, external electronic flash, lens hood and filters to complete your equipment. But all of these photography accessories are becoming harder to find, especially for older cameras. If you're looking for quality photographic items, you can try antique stores in Adelaide, or comb through a myriad of second hand stores and thrift shops. Chances are you will find plenty of second hand digital cameras that are getting a bit clunky, but probably not something for the photography enthusiast.

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A 35mm Fujica Camera ca 1970


Probably the best place in South Australia to look for used photographic equipment is the Adelaide Photographic Market, organised by the Australian Photographic Collectors' Society. It's an annual event with swarms of eager photography enthusiasts and professionals buying and selling retro cameras, lenses, and photographic accessories at market stalls.

You can expects to find pretty much anything photography related at this Photographic Market. Second hand books and magazines, camera tripods, 35 film, projectors, umbrellas, camera bags, DVD's. As with any markets in Adelaide, be prepared to bargain for the best price on your purchase.

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Vintage: 1000mm Telephoto Lens and Exakta Camera


As in previous years, the Australian Photographic Collectors' Society Adelaide Photographic Market is being held with the support of the South Australian Photographic Federation. You can find ithe market at the Hungarian Club - 82 Osmond Tce, Norwood on Sunday May 6 from 10am until 2pm. Entry cost is $5 per person.

If you're looking to buy anything to do with digital or film cameras, still or movie cameras, then the APCS market is the place to be. As they say on the APCS website:
Our photographic markets are significant events in the photographic calendar in Australia. They are not just a swap meet for collectors, but a true mix of old and new. Antique camera and image dealers rub shoulders with photographic retailers and private dealers, still, movie & video. Truly daguerreotype to digital. An invaluable source for students after cameras and darkroom gear, a great deal of new and used equipment becomes available all in one place. Many professional photographers sell their excess or outdated equipment, making professional 35mm and medium format cameras affordable for users and collectors.
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When: 10am - 2pm
Where: 82 Osmond Tce, Norwood SA
Cost: $5
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