About us

Campkins has been the high street favourite camera shop since 1952.

Campkins Cameras

Our journey began in 1952

Campkins Cameras is an independent, family-run retail business specialising in the sale of new and second hand cameras both modern and vintage, binoculars and telescopes. We’ve been a feature of the Cambridge High Street, serving the photographic and optical needs of the local community since 1952.

Campkins History
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Business Owner

Owen Howell

Owen Howell, the current owner was born into the business, learning all about the new and used camera trade from his father Barry and grandfather Tom, before eventually taking over the reigns himself. Now, with a team of highly qualified employees that are also practicing photographers, Campkins staff has over 50 years combined photography experience.

Campkins Camera

We’re just getting started

Our proud heritage extends beyond expertise in photography and optics to a desire to always provide exceptional customer service, sound advice and the best value we can. At a time when surviving as an independent retailer is more challenging than ever, we understand that customers value our unique services and friendly, face-to-face interaction which can’t be found online, at a general electronics outlet or a department store.

Campkins Camer Shop Front

Always on hand to help.

Campkins Cameras - Owen Howell

Owen Howell

Company Owner
Tel: 01223 368087
Email: [email protected]

See What Our Customers Say About Us

Very friendly and thoroughly knowledgeable about cameras. I recently visited Campkins Cameras on King's Parade with an old Olympus OM1 to ask how to use it. The man there went through every single bit, putting film in, explaining the best way to take a photograph and its history as a camera so thank you. Highly recommend!
Angus D Birditt
Cambridge, UK
Very friendly staff, with a small but good stock och cameras and accessories for cameras and other photography related stuff. New but also some second hand stuff like older lenses and accessories. Basically all you need to get started with your camera (or buy a new camera) and some more...
Jim Silverberg
Cambridge, UK
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