Thrift store camera finds
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Thrift store camera finds

Sure she looks pretty, but the electronics are fried, the focus ring won't turn and there's something strange growing in the viewfinder... not exactly the most useful gift.


Nothing beats unwrapping something like a Yashica Electro-35 and being told 'I found this at Goodwill and thought of you', only to find that it has a seized up focus ring and mold in the finder. Here's the thing: When it comes to shopping for cameras on the second-hand market, knowledge is power and research is king.

While a classic fixed-lens rangefinder sure looks great, there's a risk that it's really just a moldy paperweight. Don't be the person that gifts a moldy paperweight. If you're serious about getting someone a second-hand camera, awesome! We've put together two lists of reliable and affordable film cameras that are easy to acquire used. Check them out here and here.