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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.

Customers reviews

What people say?

Andreas Löscher
Andreas Löscher
2022-12-13
Super quick service when I needed new passport photos.
Susnata Karmakar
Susnata Karmakar
2022-11-12
Very polite and welcoming staff. A little overpriced for an Indian who recently moved to the UK. But also very transparent about the cheapest options available.
Alison Cronk
Alison Cronk
2022-10-25
I am a novice photographer and went into the shop looking for advice on which type of lens I needed to do a specific type of photography. While they didn't have the lens I needed in stock Will was unbelievably helpful taking time to explain (in layman's terms) what I needed and how to get the best out of the lenses I already have. I will definitely be back and will be supporting this shop in the future. It is great to find a shop with such fabulous customer service.

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