Retro Cameras is a stylish, design-led guide to classic and retro cameras aimed at those who want to discover the world of analogue photography. It includes more than 100 camera models, from the easily affordable to the highly collectible, in 13 formats: 35 mm SLRs; 35 mm Rangefinders; 35 mm Viewfinder Cameras; Roll Film SLRs; Sheet and Roll Film Folding Cameras; Twin Lens Reflexes; Instamatics; Stereo Cameras; Panoramic and Wide-angle Cameras; Miniature Cameras and Instant Cameras. Supplementing an already comprehensive resource are quick reference shooting guides for each format, as well as a list of retro camera accessories. With over 550 specially commissioned photographs, practical advice on how to use and get the most out of each camera, buyers’ tips and a dedicated glossary, Retro Cameras is a perfect reference for young photographers who want to get creative with analogue photography, while also offering authoritative guidance for more experienced collectors and enthusiasts.


  • Taps into a growing cultural trend – sales of film in all formats are rising and 60% of those using film have only started doing so within the last five years.
  • Focuses on over 100 camera models in detail, from the affordable yet cool to the exotic and highly collectible.
  • Packed with accessible, practical advice – includes an in-depth ‘test drive’ of each camera type, shooting guides, quick buyers’ tips for all featured cameras, a film and lens guide and a comprehensive camera care section.
  • With more than 550 photographs and sharp design direction, this book is targeted at an audience with an appetite for true retro and an eye for vintage cameras as design objects.


Introduction • The Basics • The Cameras • Retro Accessories • Further Information


John Wade was editor of the UK magazine Photography for seven years before becoming a freelance writer and photographer. He has written, edited and contributed to more than thirty books on photographic history and photographic techniques.

Target Market:

Urban image-makers; fans of the retro/vintage aesthetic; anyone keen to discover the world of analogue photography; experienced collectors and enthusiasts.

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Thames and Hudson Ltd: Retro Cameras - The Collector's Guide to Vintage Film Photography


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