Antiquarian Photographic Dealer
Want to 'get into' film photography again? Or start collecting old cameras? Perhaps you want an old Kodak folder as an ornament? We trade in all things photographic from brass and mahogany through to late 20th Century film cameras. Want a box camera or folder that you can actually use? We do that. A 1970's-'80's heavy metal SLR to revist the past or as a student film camera? A medium format kit? A wooden bellows camera or even a real magic lantern? Yup! We even stock a few good microscopes and binoculars, usually antiques.
Andrew has always been one to go against the flow. He's been selling online for nearly fifteen years but just as everyone else is closing their doors and going to online selling, he's opened a bricks and mortar store! Why buck the trend? Because he's old school. He hates buying cameras blind online from people who think that 'mint' means that it's working, more or less. ("Shutter jammed but otherwise Mint" - I've seen that listing!).
Wouldn't you prefer to buy from someone who loves the gear as much as you do, wants you to handle the camera or lens, to check it yourself, discuss its merits and limitations, throws in a free test film, gives you return privileges, buys you a coffee, trades in your other gear... Try doing that on ebay. Of course you may pay a little more for all that service but risk free buying DOES cost a little more. And in the long run, it can save you a great deal more.
Of course, this is the new millenium so the business is a blend of personal and online trading. Rare, obscure and high value items will go on the shelf for a couple of weeks while the regulars get a look and then into the online listing, available worldwide. If Southern Victoria is a bit far for you, hey, this is Australia. We're used to dealing at a distance. A couple of hundred kilometres or twenty thousand - what's the difference? We've sold cameras to customers from Andover to Windhoek. Postage is about five times what it used to be but the procedure is the same wherever you are.
For full details of our trading policies, check the relevant page (Buying and Selling).
The Emporium (an old word for department store) is based in the Tyabb Packing House Antique Centre, about 50km south of Melbourne centre. It's close to Hastings and in the heart of the Penisula - wine, food, beaches, scenery and all of that. Good fast roads all the way from Melbourne. It's a fair way for some people but there are advantages. Make a day trip of it, do lunch. If you have a partner who finds photogeekery intensly boring, abandon them among the furniture or extensive bookstore.
Enter the main building, turn left and across the main room you'll see the hanging sign of the giant wooden camera. Open from Thursday to Sunday (closed Mon.to Wed.) from 10am to a bit before 5pm.
Stock is basically whatever we can get related to film and optical.
We attempt to stock, if available -
Cameras - Wood with brass lenses, box cameras, old reflex types, folders, stereo cameras, TLR's, metal SLR's, rangefinders, 35mm and 120 viewfinders, medium format SLR. Lomographic plastic toy cameras. We have good 110 cameras, 126 Instamatic, Rapid, compact plastic 35mm and late auto-focus SLR but we don't go out of way to buy them unless they are a bit special. They tend to show up anyway. We even have a few good digital compact and SLR cameras at silly prices - they showed up in bulk buys or as trade-ins. Cameras are divided into either 'usable' or 'display/collectible'.
Custom cameras - a range of refurbished cameras such as Olympus Trips and Spotmatics with colour leathers. Some purely decorative old cameras too.
Lenses - A range to suit most manual mounts ranging from cheap off brand to some really rare treasures. Lots of top quality 50mm fast lenses with adapters to match them to modern digitals like Sony, Fuji and Olympus mounts. They make great fast portrait lenses.
Slide - projectors, viewers, screens, projector stands, round and straight slide holders/cartridges of most types, storage boxes. Bulbs are better sourced off ebay (that's where we get them!)
Movie - plenty of working Standard 8 and Super 8, projectors, editors and splicers. Occasional Pathé 9.5mm gear, 16mm cameras and projectors. Lots of video cameras, ideal for digital transfers.
Binoculars - old military brass, opera glasses through to relatively modern.
Microscopes - old brass through to more modern users for the collector and amateur scientist, ecologist, philatelist and rock hound.
Accessories - Filters, caps, cases, bags, flash bulbs, overdate film, meters, straps - whatever you need.
Magic lanterns - the more brass the better! Plus lantern slides and parts.
Other antiques and curios - Photo related toys and ornaments, packaging and sdvertising materials, old photographs (especially Daguerrotypes, Ambrotypes and other early forms),
Books - Photographic monographs and decent 'how to' guides, camera specific guides and materials, instruction manuals and promotional leaflets, antiquarian photo books and guides.
Rummage bins - Bins of odd bits for the keen dumpster diver - all cheap. Tinkerer's specials - dead cameras and fungussed lenses if you want to try out your fixit skills or just like taking stuff apart. $10-20.
Other - Coming soon, a range of decor items based on antique camera gear - planned are camera lamps, framed 100yo Kodak poster adverts and other. Watch this space.
We Buy - all of the above. Fair prices offered but we only buy what we can refurbish and resell. Prices offered depend on condition and demand. Poor condition, grubby and busted old stuff may be welcome for parts or rebirthing.
Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
"Anthem" - Leonard Cohen
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." - Confucius