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The high street favourite camera shop since 1952.

About Us

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.

Owen Howell - Business Owner

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 management himself. Now, with a team of highly qualified employees that are also practicing photographers, Campkins staff has over 50 years combined photography experience.

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.

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What people say?

  • Avatar Jennifer Baker ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    Brilliant service and advice. I’m a newbie to photography and Owen let me exchange a lens where I had bought the wrong type … More for my needs. No hard sales tactics, listened to me patiently without being condescending which as a newbie was so helpful and gave me confidence in what I was asking for. Thank you!
  • Avatar Jerome Simons ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Campkins Cameras is easily the best camera store I have ever been to. Owen and his team are friendly and extremely knowledgeable … More and go the extra mile for their customers. The shop caters to both film and digital enthusiasts and everything he stocks is high quality which means that you can never go wrong. Service is prompt and friendly. Thank you for making me enjoy photography again!
  • Avatar sue rogers ★★★★★ a month ago
    Campkins staff offer absolutely the BEST customer service ever! I like to support independent businesses as much as I can. … More Ten days ago I ordered a new compact camera from their online store, letting them know that I needed it by 25 August. Late yesterday afternoon there was a knock at my door and a Campkins staff member said "Hello, we thought we'd give you a personal delivery service so you definitely get it on time!" I was amazed, what a lovely thoughtful gesture. Then he added "And we've got a choice of two cameras for you - the one you ordered, or the next model up with a better zoom but a damaged cardboard box." I said yes please to the 2nd one and asked if he lived locally and was on his way home, dropping it off on his way but he said no, he lived the other side of Cambridge, 13 miles away, and this was a special trip! Absolutely wonderful customer service. Thank you very much Campkins Cameras!

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