Some vintage cameras to start a collection are the Kodak Box camera; the Polaroid SX 70; the Canon AE-1; early digital cameras; single-lens reflex cameras, or SLRs; and rangefinder cameras. Others are stereo cameras, Japanese cameras, pre-World War I cameras and consumer snapshot cameras.
Before starting the collection, the collector needs to decide whether he wants cameras he can use or cameras meant for display. Whatever the reason for collecting cameras, he must ensure that the cameras are in proper working condition. A collector should buy only from reputable sellers who sell cameras precisely as advertised. Websites such as eBay and Amazon.com offer selections of vintage cameras.