The instant gratification that comes with owning a digital camera is great. But for hardcore fans of the process, digital doesn't compare to the joy of painstakingly crafting an image with vintage tools. Film requires patience, but the results can be more rewarding. The Used Camera Store in Costa Mesa features an impressive inventory of old-timey gear, plus some nifty items not typically found in other establishments. Shelves are neatly arranged to showcase stuff dating back to the 1930s. You might find a Yashica Twin Lens Reflex for $100 or a Graflex Century Graphic for $275. Of course, we were impressed by the Micro 16, a vintage spy camera used by police departments and other agencies in the 1950s; small yet sturdy, it was typically concealed in a pack of cigarettes. Melding the old with the new, the Used Camera Store also offers items via its eBay store.

Location Details

545 W. 18th St.
Costa Mesa CA 92627


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