5 Easy Pieces – Vintage Photography Equipment

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Jacqueline Kennedy gets behind the camera for renown photographer Mark Shaw. Photo: Ultraswank.net

Jacqueline Kennedy gets behind the camera for renown photographer Mark Shaw. Photo: Ultraswank.net

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that.

Vintage Kodak Instamatic

This retro Kodak Instagram is nothing like the feed on your smartphone. Photo: Krrb.com/finediving?auto=format

This retro Kodak Instagram is nothing like the feed on your smartphone. Photo: Krrb.com/finediving?auto=format

Put down the smartphone and pick up a real camera that uses film cartridges. For $15.95, this lovely vintage Kodak Instagram could be yours. Released in 1965, the retro case comes equipped with a leather carrying bag. To get snapping, visit Krrb.com/finediving?auto=format.

Photography Light Meter

A working light meter in its original leather case. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/BoutiqueGal?auto=format

A working light meter in its original leather case. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/BoutiqueGal?auto=format

Get the best possible light at any photo-shoot with a secondhand light meter. The analog device hails from the 1960s. For only $8 this valuable piece of equipment artfully encased in leather could be yours. Visit Etsy.com/shop/BoutiqueGal?auto=format to pick it up.

Vintage Camera Flash

Light up in front of the camera! Photo: Etsy.com/shop/cozystudio?auto=format

Light up in front of the camera! Photo: Etsy.com/shop/cozystudio?auto=format

A mid-century photography flash is a great collector’s item for any shutterbug. Made in Japan, the $18 device’s striking design will set you apart from all the other paparazzi. Visit Etsy.com/shop/cozystudio?auto=format to grab this accessory before it’s gone just like that shot that got away from you.

Hasselblad Camera

This camera comes with a nostalgic waist-level finder. Photo: Collectiblecameras.com

This camera comes with a nostalgic waist-level finder. Photo: Collectiblecameras.com

Hasselblad Cameras have been around since World War II and were even used to document the first trip to the moon. This collectible is in mint condition and valued at $2495. To get the 501CM with a waist level finder, visit Collectiblecameras.com.

Vintage Tripod Mount

Mount your camera and get clicking! Photo: Myworld.ebay.com/kornerknickknacks?auto=format

Mount your camera and get clicking! Photo: Myworld.ebay.com/kornerknickknacks?auto=format

Whether you have a DSLR or a simple digital point and shoot, a sturdy vintage tripod mount will help you lose the shakes. Available for $75, this model will keep any shot steady as she goes. Get your retro mount at Myworld.ebay.com/kornerknickknacks?auto=format.

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