Where to: buy a film camera (Part 1)

Where to: buy a film camera (Part 1)

Today, we continue our journey into film photography in Viet Nam with our guide to film photography. Through a series of three articles we are going to show where to buy a film camera in Viet Nam. Today we start with the southern metropolis:

Sài Gòn

There are quite a few places in this city to buy a film camera, but you have to be ready to travel the city to find the gem you are looking for. We went for you to few places located in district 1, 3 & 12.

StunCam Store

Created by Nguyễn Anh Khoa four years ago, StunCam store is located on one the busy Cách Mạng Tháng Tám street in Disctrict 3. The store itself is not easy to find, it’s located in Khoa’s house at the end of a small alleyway, don’t be afraid !

At StunCam you will find affordable film cameras. Khoa told us that he focuses on selling SLR’s. His cameras are aimed to beginners and are really easy to use ! You can expect a price around 2 000 000 – 3 000 000 vnđ for a combo including a body and a lens !

However, he imports cameras directly from Japan. You’ll find almost all the Japanese film camera brands at his shop: Nikon, Minolta, Canon, Yashica, Pentax or Olympus !

Adress: 308/39 Cách Mạng Tháng Tám, Phường 10, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh

Phone number: 093 262 35 79

Nikon Vintage

Nikon Vintage might be the most renown place in Sài Gòn to purchase a film camera. You will be able to buy almost all the cameras you need in this shop located in a small alleyway in District 1.

Nikon Vintage not only sells 35mm cameras, but is one of the only place in Sài Gòn to buy a medium format camera! As its name indicate you will find a lot of Nikon film cameras. However, this store offers a varied range of film cameras whether SLR or rangefinder, and several recognized brands.

The price range is quite wide at Nikon Vintage, so you will sometimes find cheap cameras. However this store have tons of mid-high end film cameras. As I’m writing this article, Nikon Vintage has a Nikon SP + Nikkor-H 50mm f2 for sale for 20 000 000 vnđ. But you can also currently buy a Olympus OM2 along with a Zuiko 50mm F1.8 for 2 200 000 vnđ !

If you’re considering buying a new camera, we highly recommend you to checkout Nikon Vintage !

Adress: 214/19/8E Nguyễn Văn Nguyễn, Phường Tân Định, Quận 1

Phone number: 08 3456 8084‬

Retro Camera

Retro Camera was founded by Trần Mạnh Thắng in 2015. As we were talking together Thắng, explained us that he fell in love with film cameras and decided to open his own shop few years ago.

His shop is also dedicated to beginners in film photography. Thus, you will find there a wide range of film cameras: SLR’S, TLR’S, Rangefinder and Point & Shoot. Thắng sells most of the famous camera brand you are probably looking for: Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Minolta, Olympus, Fujica, Yashica or Ricoh. No matter the camera you are looking for, Thắng will guide you and help you to find the camera that suits you the most.

The price range is as wide as his cameras selection. The average price at Retro Camera is around 2 000 000 vnđ for a body and a lens. However the prices can go as low as 600 000 vnđ and as high as 6 000 000 vnđ.

The big plus of Retro Camera is Thắng skills. He has a passion for mechanics and love to repair camera. So, if you have any trouble with one of your camera, Retro Camera is definitely a place you should consider.

Adress: 16/21T1, 47 Dương Thị Mười, Phường Tân Chánh Hiệp Quận 12

Phone number: 076 671 1788

Tiệm Cố Thời

This shop started to operate by selling online in 2016, their current location opened in 2019.

You will find here a wide range of cameras: SLR’s, Rangefinders and Point & Shoot. Even though they sell all kind of cameras, they mostly sell Point & Shoot. However they don’t only sell ordinary cameras. As I write this article, two Olympus XA2 red and pink are for sale. The price range is also very variable: from 300 000 vnđ for a cheap film camera, it will costs you way much more for one of their rare cameras.

The owner, Shu Chen, told us the team checks each camera before they’re put on sale. And if you happen to have a problem with a camera, the repair team can fix it for you !

Adress: 245/13 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Quận 1

Phone number: 089 877 03 10

You can also checkout

Trí Camera

Located in district 11, Trí Camera was founded by Bùi Quôć Trí in 2015.

Adress: 93/13 đường 100 BÌNH THỚI, Phường 14, Quận 11

Phone number: 093 277 55 57

Back to the future camera

Adress: 402/14 An Dương Vương, Phường 4, Quận 5

Phone number: 0964112904 / 0768640007

Grain Viet Nam

Grain Viet Nam

Born and raised in France, living in Viet Nam for the last 3 years. Silver halide is running in my blood. I'm the guardian of this collaborative film photography space.

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