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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?

  • Avatar Alex Fryer's Film Channel ★★★★★ a week ago
    Got my first 35mm photographic film camera from here: Works great.
    Accidental damage to dslr camera lens: Got it repaired
    … More quickly at a fair price and it was better than new.
    Seeing their camera collection, lens, (including Polaroids and older film cameras), equipment is also enough to make camera lover feel like a 'kid in candy store".
    Highly recommended for anyone into photography or film-making.
  • Avatar Jennifer Baker ★★★★★ 2 months 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 Brian Leeming (BrianL) ★★★★★ a month ago
    Brilliant service. I needed two additional Hahnel speedlights at short notice. The Nikon fit kits were out of stock. I … More explained the urgency to Owen and he went out of his way to ensure that I knew how the order was progressing. We agreed that I would collect from the shop, which I did - with 24 hours to spare! Excellent.

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Photography Lesson with Campkins Cameras

At Campkins Cameras we pride ourselves on giving the best advice, deals, and customer service. But when you buy your kit, it doesn’t end there. From just £50, our photography lessons are flexible and focused on your needs. Just an hour with the team will help you take the first or next step in your photography journey.

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