Real Camera Co.

0161 907 3236

Buy or sell, at Manchester's largest selection of used photographic equipment

Real Camera Co. owner
Real Camera Co. owner, Jem Kime
Real Camera Co. shop entrance
Shop exterior, Lever Street
Real Camera Co. shelves
Packed shelves
Real Camera Co. counters
Packed counters

Welcome to The Real Camera Company

If you're looking to buy, sell or trade used photographic equipment of any type, with people who know what they're talking about, at good prices, then you've found the right place. Manchester's best camera shop, maybe even Britain's best camera shop? And if you think we might not do digital, then breathe easy, we do.

People frequently say, 'There aren't many shops like this any more', and that's right, there aren't. I'd guess 80% of the used photo market happens online, mostly on eBay. But eBay's not so hot at offering advice or personal suggestions, or economic repairs, or small items that don't cost a fortune because they've got postage charges on top, and it can give you unpleasant surprises when you see the items in the flesh.

And what about warranties, or unexpected V.A.T. or import duties on packages from abroad – you get the picture? I'm not saying we're perfect but we do try hard to be honest, fair and helpful, I should add several endorsements here but what would you believe from people you've never met? The great thing is word of mouth 'advertising' and we get recommended so many times by our customers that our customer base grows and grows.


What we sell

Film or digital? Stills or video? Slides, transparencies, colour or black and white? Movies or cine, Std 8, Double 8, Super 8, 9.5, 16mm, even occasionally some 35mm cine!! Large format, medium format, miniature and sub-miniature, 10x8, 4x5, 5x4, whole plate, half plate or quarter plate, we've got 'em or had 'em. 6x17, 6x12, 6x9, 6x8, 6x7, 6x6, or 6x4.5, check our stock. Compacts, hybrids, bridge cameras, panoramic cameras, pinhole cameras, Holgas, Dianas, Lomos and Polaroids, we've seen the fads and we've done the business, if you want you can take our advice and save a fortune!

Starting a college course? Need a manual SLR, no problem. Wanting to take things further and would like your own darkroom, that's no problem either, enlargers, projectors, dev tanks, film washers, print trays, darkroom clocks, timers, graduates, focus finders, enlarging lenses and safelights, we can help! Want a safelight for colour processing? We know what's needed. Something for Multigrade, lith or ortho work? Something for the weekend?

Well, maybe we should stop there... But maybe we won't. Amateur compacts? Manual or automatic? Auto exposure or autofocus? Serious compacts? Oh yes... Professional compacts? Double yes! SLRS or rangefinders?

What's a rangefinder? Give me 5 minutes of your time and you'll know. We have 3 experts in the use of Leica's here, with a total of around a 100 years [count them!] experience of use on them, surely the best staffed seller of Leica's that isn't a Leica dealer. SLRs from Alpas to Zenit [I made a pact with myself when I started photo trading back in 2000 that I would not buy or sell Zenit's but some special people insist I keep some in stock for them].

Our typical range of product brands includes:

Sadly, we have some problems... and some solutions!

Our stock is so big we can't write down everything, it would take months. So give us a call and ask us if we have what you want, drop me an e-mail, or come and visit us as we're only one block out of Piccadilly Gardens in the centre of Manchester.


eBay Store

Buy online via our eBay Store. 5 of our current auctions ending soon on our eBay Store are shown below, as a sample of our stock.

International delivery is available for those overseas, who can't visit us in our Manchester store.


Repairs

  1. We accept cameras, lenses and all photographic equipment for repair.
  2. Frequently, modern compact digital cameras are uneconomic to repair but we can advise on a 'case by case' basis.
  3. We can also supply 'insurance letters' if needed.
  4. Some servicing work, e.g. replacement of light seals and sensor cleaning we do in-house.
  5. Most serious stuff can be sent off to a variety of carefully chosen specialist engineers depending on the need.
  6. Some repairs are local, some might be sent abroad, it all depends on what's required.
  7. We do try to ensure we offer best advice and certainly less expensive prices than authorised service centres.

Gallery

But we're not just a camera shop, oh no! We like to encourage photography, not just camera ownership. So, to that end, I set up a little gallery space, 12 spot-lit frames, 50x50cm, which are changed monthly to show work by customers and others. If you feel you'd like you have your work shown then get in touch and we'll talk about it, naturally I'd like to see your work!


We Are...

You can ask for me [Jem], Chris, Joe or Rob:

Jem

Jem

I’m Jem [short for Jeremy] and I own the place, I’ve had a few pictures published and had a few Arts Council sponsored exhibitions, I also edited Leica society magazines for over 13 years.

Chris

Chris

Chris joined us from graduating in photography at Staffordshire University, uses 5x4, digital rangefinder (Leica M8, M9) and generally has an eye for the esoteric.

Joe

Joe

Joe looks after our world wide Sales & Despatch department (eBay to you and me), has probably more retail experience than any of us and knows about Nikon and modern cameras better than most. Joe's also our top sensor cleaner for you DSLR users.

Rob

Rob

Rob's specialism is Rolleiflex TLRs, though he's a dab hand at cleaning lenses and a working videographer too!


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