London Vintage Film Camera Show attracts surprising number of young fans

Everything old may be new again, or in this case, everything old is generating renewed interest. The fourth annual London Vintage Film Camera Show today is drawing a steady stream of film fans to the Carling Heights Community Centre.

Last year, the show had 50 tables full of displays. This year, 45 area dealers have 73 tables featuring vintage cameras and all things film-related for sale, including darkroom supplies, lenses, manuals, lighting equipment, film and camera advertisements, vintage images, and movie making equipment.

Show director Maureen Tucker estimates that one third of the 400 people who have attended aren’t even old enough to remember when film was the only option for image capture. “We have a large number of young people coming, and that’s something you tend not to see at the Toronto show, but London draws a younger crowd.”

Tucker says there are only about three or four of these shows in Canada, and London’s is now among the largest. The show began four years ago with about five tables.

For film buffs shopping for a piece of the past, prices range from $10 for many Polaroid models, to closer to $5000 for an 11 x 14 view camera. Admission is $4. Kids under 16 years old are free. The show runs until 3:00 p.m. Saturday.