Classic 35mm Cameras Made to Look Even More Retro with Wood Paneling


It’s no secret retro and vintage cameras have made a come back in the last few years. But, this is getting a bit meta, isn’t it?

In an attempt to make retro cameras look even more retro, camera accessories manufacturer Anchors and Anvils is fitting some of the 35mm film shooters they refurbish with wood paneling.

Their refurbishing efforts include disassembling the camera, cleaning it, oiling it, recalibrating it and, lastly, giving it a bit of an aesthetic facelift. This last part most recently involves applying Mahogany paneling to the outside.


As of right now, most of the cameras are sold out, but they ensure prospective buyers that more are just around the corner. From the 50s and 60s come refurbished cameras such as the Yashica Electro 35 with a 45mm F1.7 lens, the Argus C3 with a 50mm F3.5, and plenty more for you to check out.

Plus, if you don’t see the camera you want in their store, or you want your own camera modified with wood paneling, the company does do custom orders just so long as you have (or can find) the camera.

Of course, these aren’t going to come in cheap. Ranging from $300-$750, these beauties that would make Ron Burgundy proud are aimed squarely at the luxury end of the spectrum. Then again, if you’re looking for a wood-paneled camera, luxury is probably what you’re after.

There’s no doubt these are beautiful in their own, wood-paneled station wagon way. But, as with all things even semi-luxury, wood-paneled cameras are going to have at least a few people asking “why?” What do you think?

(via Wired)

Image credits: Product photos from Anchor and Anvils‘ website

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Hipsters… EVERYWHERE.

  • Eric Saffron

    I can understand replacing the leather or leatherette on your older camera if its peeling or shot, but slapping a veneer on cameras and selling them for ridiculous amounts is stupid.

  • pigeon

    you can buy that wooden material at proper art store. they sell them in different grains in sheets for about $5. The straps look nice, but having metal rivets and hardware seriously rubs up an scratches the cameras.

  • kodiak xyza

    oh oh… I see this an ideas-post for Leica to “wood-up” some limited edition M-camera… designed by Norm (from This Old House), or the dude from the Yankee Workshop. Jon Yves is so last decade.

    didn’t station wagons also get the side wood panel treatment… and how that worked for them?

  • CDNChaoZ

    This is insane. An Argus C3 costs $10-$20. How does fake wood inflate the price to $750?!

  • Ralph Hightower

    I like the classic black look of my film cameras, Canon A-1 and F-1N. I’m not changing my cameras into woodies. The F-1N was a recent acquisition, but I’ve owned the A-1 for 34 years.

  • Bruce

    Umm – retro cameras already look retro. Adding wood does not make them more retro, just more unique.

  • Mack

    I love my garage-sale Argus C3. It needs refurbishing, but not being tarted up like a middle-aged divorcee on holiday in Key West.

  • Alan Dove

    I re-covered an Argus C-3 with gaffer’s tape a couple of years ago. I guess now I could eBay it and put my kid through college on the proceeds.

  • NancyP

    I would rather have a Franiec ergonomic grip, thank you.