Our Photographic Markets are significant events in the photographic calendar in Australia. They are not just a swap meet for collectors, but a true mix of old and new. Antique Camera & Image dealers rub shoulders with Photographic retailers and private dealers, still, movie & video. Truly daguerreotype to digital. An invaluable source for students after cameras and darkroom gear, a great deal of new and used equipment becomes available all in one place. Many professional photographers sell their excess or out-dated equipment, making professional 35mm and medium format cameras affordable for users and collectors.
The public markets are "open" ie buyers and sellers do not have to be members of the Society - but of course many attendees become members! Security has become in issue and the Society takes special action to minimise problems - a "bag check" policy is in place for inspection at each market and is enforced. With so many members present, it is inevitable that many specialists are present, and visitors regularly find answers to their questions - technical and commercial. The society has a table where membership etc can be managed and there will always be committee members to assist.
Almost anything to do with photography and related subjects can be found on the tables, and recently have included some fairly extreme items like an Americn Fairchild K17A Aerial Camera from WW2 complete with its Kodak 12 inch lens, and a quite rare Zeca-flex. There are always great finds out on the tables, both vintage collectable and recent usable gear. For professionals, amateurs and students, there are plenty of "user" items and in these times of technology change there are plenty of digital items for both users and collectors.
Sellers at the public markets pay a table booking fee of $50 per table payable in advance and this covers the table and entry for the vendor and one helper. The Box Hill Booking Form and Floor Plan are available for download.
The APCS also holds Members-only markets which are what the title implies... Both the buyers and sellers must be full (financial) members of the APCS. Registration details are circulated to members only and the rules for quantity and types of items are more restrictive than for the public markets. Non-members will need to become members as a condition of entry - the annual membership fee is $30 (see the membership page).