Film & Vintage Camera Specialists.

Yep, that’s right – all we sell is analogue equipment. It might seem strange if you’re not a photography enthusiast and love the convenience of digital cameras, but a large proportion of photographers still use film.

Why shoot film, you ask? Plenty of people will provide a gibberish answer to the question - but these days I genuinely think that a lot of people are fed up of looking at a screen constantly. Go to work, stare at the computer. Get on the bus, stare at your phone. Get home, stare at the TV. Instead, go take some photos, look at the world around you, and don't have yet another screen in the way. Make something tactile and real. Yes it's more expensive, yes it's less convenient, but somehow, it is still going strong. Okay, it's easy to admit that there's no logical need for analogue photography, but the feeling of making something you can hold in your hand is very appealing.

Don't get us wrong, digital has its place in the modern world so if you don't shoot film, we might still stock something for you. Lots of our lenses and accessories can be used natively on modern cameras, or easily adapted.

For four years the shop was co-owned with the previous business partner who some of you may know, Tom. But even as Howard is now the sole proprietor of the business, West Yorkshire Cameras is going from strength to strength and has grown to become an anchor of the Analogue community. 

 

The Real Boss of the Shop: Hattie

Partner, volunteer, whip cracker.

Hattie is the ever-helpful friendly face you may see when you call into the shop, or you might hear from if you make an enquiry. When not at her real full time job, she's helping tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the natural entropy of a busy shop in check! Always organised, frequently she knows more than Howard about the who, what, where and how much - earning her the title of the 'real boss of the shop'!

Hattie's personal camera preferences range from a humble Pentax Spotmatic, to a burly Nikon F2. Her medium format camera of choice is what you might call 'the sensible Hasselblad' - a Bronica SQ. 

When she's not busy composing an email, she can be found playing the compositions of musicians, or buried in a good book.



The Back Room Lurker: Mike

Stock manager, graphic illustrator, hat wearer.

A Leodensian through-and-through, if you need any advice on your next purchase, Mike will tell you straight. He has the job of going through all our incoming stock and making sure it's all ship-shape. Essentially, he fiddles with old camera gear, all day every day - he sure does lead a tough life.

His personal equipment includes a very fancy Leica M2, Canon AE-1 and his grandad's trusty Minolta 9000.

When he's not surrounded by boxes of stuff, Mike can be found enjoying a coffee, taking photos of dogs and making questionable choices about pizza toppings.

The Fastest Wrapper in the West: Adam

Parcel dispatcher. Large format, patterned shirt and hair enthusiast.

Need a lens by yesterday? Adam can sort it out. His arms become a blur of tape and bubble wrap when he's at work, a symphony of labels printing and scissors cutting. With a keen eye for spotting anything amiss, you can rest assured that your precious equipment is in safe hands when Adam is on the job.

His personal camera collection includes his "Pocket Camera" - a huge 4x5 box reflex with a myriad of weird and wonderful lenses - an MPP Micro-Press, and a full size glass plate camera. It's fair to say that any questions about large format will be directed his way! 

When he's not busy making our delivery driver carry dozens of boxes, Adam can most likely be found petting cats and drinking Baileys (probably in a darkroom). You can find a selection of his work on Instagram, or on his Website.


The Head Camera Nerd: Howard

Owner, business manager, camera connoisseur.

Photography and cameras have been a fixture of Howard's life since age 16, and the passion has snowballed into a full time obsession. Business has traditionally run in Howard's family - from market stalls in Dewsbury to shops in Leeds - there’s almost seventy years of experience of trading to live up to. He's carrying the baton whilst helping to keep analogue photography alive.

Howard's personal camera setup has settled on a Hasselblad, Nikon F, and a Leica M3, amongst other more basic equipment such as a clunky Zenit, and a box brownie.

When he's not juggling customers, Howard can be found reading a classic car magazine, chasing cats, or listening to 70's rock.  

You can check out Howard's terrible photos at Howard-Parker.com, Instagram, or Facebook

 

Our new shop in Leeds Grand Arcade is now open! 

On August 4th, West Yorkshire Cameras left Leeds Corn Exchange, and we reopened on August 19th in the charming Leeds Grand Arcade. 
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