Photographic Collectors Club of Queensland

Established 17 years

Cameraholics is a group for collectors of cameras and photographica based in Brisbane, Australia that was formed in late 1999 and is the first photographic collectors group (as opposed to camera users group) to be formed in Queensland thanks to the efforts of founding President Herb Parker. Cameraholics is affiliated with the PSQ (Photographic Society of Queensland Inc).

At our meetings the group discusses interesting and collectable cameras and other items of photographica. Members bring along anything from the most common to quite rare, odd and unusual items for a round table show and tell. Our member's interests span 19th century photographica, classic folding, rangefinder and SLR/TLR cameras to miniature, odd film size and novelty cameras and beyond including digital! We have members who specialize in collecting equipment produced by individual photographic manufacturers from Alpa to Zeiss.

Why not bring along an interesting camera or photography related item and meet like-minded collectors with a wealth of knowledge about a diverse range of photographic items?


If you have old cameras and other photographic equipment that you wish to sell to us or even donate, why not contact us? Just about everyone has an old camera or photographic item tucked away somewhere that might be of interest to someone in our group. Our members include some of the keenest collectors and photographic historians in Australia, so your items will find a good home.

Please note that we are unable to respond to phone calls and email requests for identification, appraisal, valuation of and operating instructions for cameras and photographic items.

As of November 2016 the office bearers are:

President - Terry Ahearn, Mobile - 0407 221 950
Vice President -
Gordon McLellan, Mobile - 0429 644 042
Secretary -
Hans Brantz, Mobile - 0447 887 613
e-mail Address -
Fair co-ordinator - Gordon McLellan, Mobile - 0429 644 042; Helper: Cameron Harley
Treasurer -
Garry O'Donnell, Mobile - 0431 268 159  
Webmaster - Marcel Safier - Mobile - 0411 238 612
Postal Address - PO
Box 262, Mt Ommaney QLD 4074
Meetings: 7:30pm, 1st Friday of each month
Global Learning Centre, 102 McDonald Rd, Windsor
(opposite the bowling club on Blackmore St and under the Albion overpass off Hudson Rd)


Next meeting: Friday 3rd February 2017. New members and visitors are always welcome.


The Cameraholics annual camera fair provides an excellent opportunity to pick up a variety of mostly second hand collectable and usable photographic items with plenty of bargains as well. Our fairs are the only event of their kind in Queensland.

With both film and digital cameras and accessories on sale there is something to appeal to all types of photographers
and those wishing to use manual lenses on digital camera bodies will find plenty to choose from. There will also be film, filters, tripods, Polaroid material, darkroom equipment, books, instruction manuals and much more, including our ever popular table of free items...

The fair also provides a good opportunity to view an amazing array of photographic items, many which can't readily be seen elsewhere and often a chance to catch up with old friends and acquaintances and find out more about our group Cameraholics. In the past traders have attended from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, North Queensland, Northern NSW, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and even the USA.


Stall costs are:
$25 per 1/2 table (1.2m x 0.75m) or
$50 per full table (2.4m x 0.75m)

Having a sale table/s at our fair affords an excellent way to sell your unwanted photographic items. Table bookings need to be made and paid for by 8 May 2017. Please contact
Gordon McLellan to arrange this.

A video report of the Cameraholics 13th Annual Fair from 2012 by Lucie Davies can be seen here:

Download a pdf of the 2017 poster/flyer

Our camera fair now has a Facebook page:




Australian Photographic Collectors Society

Photographic Collector's Club of Great Britain

The Internet Directory of Camera Collectors (IDCC)

Sydney Stereo Camera Club

Cinema and Theatre Historical Society of Victoria

Dutch Camera Collectors Club

Finnish Photographic Historical Society

American Photographic Collectors Historical Society

Photographic Historical Society (USA)

Photographic Historical Society of Canada

Photographic Collectors of Houston

Chicago Photographic Collectors Society

Daguerreian Society

UK Photographic Clubs and Societies Webring


Camerapedia - free-content encyclopedia of camera information

Antique & 19th Century Cameras - wonderful resource on American wood & brass cameras

Field Cameras of the United States: 1879-1930 - another wonderful recoure on wood and brass cameras

Collecting Vintage Movie Cameras and Projectors

Camera Net - the resource centre for camera collectors/home of the McKeown's Price Guide

Cameras Downunder - the excellent collection of Holger Schult of Melbourne

Dan Colucci's Home Page - excellent antique camera collector site with lots of links to other good sites

Shutterbug - the big source for monthly photographic news, ads, and classifieds

McKeown's - by the producer of the renowned camera price guide

Dutch Camera Collectors - home site of Annie and Carl van der Ende

The Photo Museum in Osby, Sweden - a camera museum owned by Sven-Olov Sundin - extensive resources about all box camera forms

Leitz Museum - everything Leitz, not just cameras, Bedford, PA
Classic and Collectable Cameras - a burgeoning site from John Wade

Magic Lantern Society - UK based society for all things lantern and pre-cinema

Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada


The Internet Directory of Camera Collectors (IDCC) mailing list - an excellent list for collectors of all types of old cameras with fairly high volume of exchanges and lots of expertise to draw on from many different countries

Wood and Brass mailing list - for collectors of 19th and early 20th century cameras, brass lenses, camera shutters and other photographica and discussion about the collecting, history and manufacturers thereof (moderated by Marcel Safier)

Camera Collectors eGroup -  this list is for discussion of things about collecting, restoring, and enjoying old cameras and photographic equipment and related stuff.

Rangefinder cameras eGroup - for the lovers and users of vintage and new Rangefinder cameras from Canon, Contax, Leica, Minolta, Olympus, Yashica, and others.

Camera Repair eGroup -  dedicated for anyone who's interested in fixing his/her camera by himself and for all photography lovers. People who are interested in old and collectible cameras are also invited.

Photography & Imaging Mailing Lists - extensive listing compiled by Andy Davidhazy


Webmaster: Marcel Safier, email: Holland Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. This site was last updated 22 January 2017

**Please remember- if you have any old photographic gear be it cameras, lenses, photographic accessories, manuals, books, photographic advertising etc. that you wish to donate or sell, please consider contacting Cameraholics.**