FAQs

Can I still get film for my camera?
Old cameras took a bewildering range of film sizes and types that were all available back in the day, making a well-stocked photoshop’s shelves very crowded indeed! Many of these films are now discontinued but some can still be found.

35mm film
Very common on cameras up until 10 years ago, so is likely to be around for a very long time yet! Can be found in all photoshops, on-line and in some supermarkets. Processing is easy. Often called ‘135’ or ‘135 cartridge film’ inside some older cameras. Not to be confused with the much earlier 135 roll film, now discontinued.

120 roll film
This common type of roll film (film ‘rolled’ from one spool to another without rewinding inside the camera), was for a time the most popular film for the amateur, and is still happily consumed by many old cameras today. Still can be bought new and processed from larger photoshops, and on-line. Likely to stay for many many years yet.

620 roll film
Kodak’s way of taking a common film, changing and patenting the spool and selling cameras that can only use Kodak approved film, 620 breathed it’s last in the 1980s. However, as the actual film is identical to 120, if you have a 120 film and a 620 spool you can ‘re-spool’ from one film to another in a light-sealed, dark room. If you try to use 120 in a 620 camera it WILL jam, and will waste the film trying to free it.

127 roll film
Until quite recently was considered dead and buried, but production has now re-started, and film can be found on-line. It is still quite hard to find someone who can process it though, so I recommend those who are starting out stick to 120.

126 Cartridge film
Until 2007, 126 was produced in small numbers, but now production has stopped and supply has dried out. Near impossible to use the old ‘Instamatics’ now.

110 Cartridge film
Lomo has just started to make 110 film again, great news for lovers of it's grainy retro images!


APS

Advanced Photo System ('APS') film was launched in the 1990s as a newer, simpler type of film. It was replaced in a matter of years by digital and never really caught on. The film itself is very scarce but a few New Zealand labs will develop it-for now. Mainly used for 'point and shoot' cameras but a few SLRs used the format.

Instant Film
Some types you can get, some you cannot. You can still get instant film in sizes: 600, SX-70, Image (also known as Spectra) and Type 100 film is being made by the Impossible Project. Film for type 100 cameras is also being made by Fujifilm. All other instant film types, including 500 and instant roll film, as well as all Kodak instant films, are discontinued. For more on instant cameras, see our instant camera page here (link?).

Disc Film
A cunning idea of the 1980’s that never caught on, production of disc film halted in 1999, with the cameras ending production years earlier. If you can find some film, processing is near impossible. Even so, really cool cameras!

Other roll film sizes (116, 118, 828...)
Sadly discontinued, most films found today are over 35 years old, so image quality is poor, especially with colour film.

 

How much is my old camera worth?

A common question by every new collector is how much their cameras are worth. Depending on the model, your old camera may have been hand crafted or produced in millions, so it is hard to get a value off just one website. However, there are a few pointers to give you a general idea.

Does it have it's packaging? It doesn't matter if your camera is ten years old or one hundred years old, if it has it's box, instructions and warranty card collectors will be much more interested in it.

Can you still get film for it? If you can still get film for your camera it will be of interest to photographers, not just collectors.

Does it work? A working camera always has value over the same model which is broken.

 

I would recommend doing some internet searching on any old camera to get a handle on it's value. Even something as simple as being made in the U.S.S.R or Germany can influence the price.


 

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