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Since 1952, our team have helped people from all over the world with their photographic needs. 

Our People

Our team brings a wealth of experience from working alongside professional photographers as well as teaching and helping those looking to expanded their knowledge.

We’re 100% independent and we’re here to help professionals, amateur photographers, and hobbyists enjoy capturing what they love.

We are open 7 days a week and an expert is always on hand over the phone, by email or in person ready to help you with any queries you have about our range of photographic equipment or services.

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Owen Howell

Business Owner

Owen attended his first camera show with Campkins at just 2 weeks old and while growing up, has held many positions within the business. From driver, printer, salesman and store manager he progressed through Campkins before finally taking over at the helm of the business. 

Whilst Owen now focuses on growing the business in today’s challenging retail environment, he also maintains an active presence in the shop and enjoys looking after both new and life-long customers that had also shopped with his father and grandfather before him.

He has worked closely with all the major brands such as Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax, Manfrotto, Lowepro, Leica, Zeiss and Swarovski to ensure we can supply a comprehensive range of products that meet the needs of today’s discerning customers. 

To deliver the high standards Campkins have become known for and to implement a strategy that ensures we stay innovative and relevant, Owen has hand-picked a team of staff to continue the legacy he inherited.

Xander Sandwell

Store Manager

Our Store Manager is Xander and has been a long-time customer of Campkins. “I bought my first 35mm SLR film camera, a vintage Olympus from Owen’s Grandfather’s shop about 25 years ago as a teenager!” 

Having had several years experience in retail management and account management in the commercial sector, Xander also deals with some of Campkins’ key accounts such as the Cambridge University Communications Department for whom we are a preferred supplier.

Xander also holds a First Class BA Honours Degree and Masters Degree in Photography and has worked as professional photographer and teacher of Photography/Photoshop. He is therefore perfectly qualified to advise you on your photographic equipment. 

Xander also offers bespoke one-to-one tuition to customers. So whether you are a complete novice wanting to get to grips with the basics of photography or a more advanced photographer wanting to gain new skills, he can put together a bespoke session to meet your needs.

Xander is an experienced Canon Full-Frame DSLR user and also shoots with Olympus Micro 4/3 cameras and film cameras. During his professional and academic experience he has also used various medium format analogue and digital systems as well as large format cameras.

Domininkas Zalys

Photographic Specialist

For the past 2 years Dom has been an integral part of Campkins whilst also studying for his BA in photography and working as a freelance social, commercial and fashion photographer. His work has been published in the Cambridge Varsity and Velvet magazines and with Vogue online. 

He is passionate about photography and is well placed to advise customers on their needs and also offers one-to-one photography tuition. Being multi-lingual and outgoing Dom always makes a big impression, especially with our international customers.

Brian Naughton

Photographic Specialist

Cambridge (UK) based photographer with a Masters in Photography & Moving Image from the University of Brighton (2017).

In addition to my artistic practice, I moonlight as a commercial photographer – focusing mainly on events, portraiture and landscape / architectural work.


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