Over the past 40 years, digital cameras have advanced at the speed of light, and film cameras had become almost obsolete. Recently, film photography has made a global comeback, dominating Instagram with the hashtag #filmisnotdead
, and creating a tsunami of trends within the indie and hipster communities. In Singapore
, there are so few physical stores left that sell film cameras; here is a list list of the best five places to get your fix.
Lomography Gallery Store Singapore
Lomography is one of the biggest film camera companies in the world. This camera store has expanded over the past 15 years, and has branched out to several countries in Europe and Asia — including Singapore. The store is decked out with walls of pictures and a colorful gallery exhibiting a wide collection of camera brands such as the Konstruktor, Diana, and Belair. It also sells camera straps and other accessories that you would need on your fun adventure around Singapore — even popsicles to keep yourself cool!
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8:30pm (Daily)
295 South Bridge Rd, Singapore +65 6223 8850
Black Market Camera
Black Market Camera
Black Market Camera is another popular place in the camera scene, known to be the country’s first lifestyle and photography equipment supermarket concept store. Black Market Camera carries an incredible number of film cameras as compared to other local shops around Singapore, and has partnered with global brands such as Leica and Canon. Furthermore, it offers a vast product accessory line, including casings, batteries, and lenses.
Opening Hours: 11:45am – 8pm (Daily)
3 Coleman St, Peninsula Shopping Centre #03-30, Singapore +65 6336 6349
The Camera Workshop
Take the escalator two floors down from Black Market Camera, walk around the corner, and you will find The Camera Workshop. This store also sells both film and digital cameras, carrying similar brands to those that Black Market Camera carries, but what makes The Camera Workshop different is that it includes a prized collection of rare film cameras, such as the Kodak Brownie and the Yashica-44, that no longer exist. Moreover, it extends its services to camera repair and consultation for all cameras.
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 7pm (Mon – Sat)
3 Coleman St, Peninsula Shopping Centre #01-06, Singapore +65 6336 1956
Located in the building next to Peninsular Shopping Centre, Chiif Cameras displays breathtaking film photographs of all shapes and sizes, showing off the subject’s brilliant details in high quality. This store mainly provides developing and printing services, but it offers analog camera products as well, even though it does not put them on display. To find out more about the products, approach the very kind Mr Chii Fei and he will hook you up with something you would definitely be happy to take home.
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm (Tue – Fri), 1:30pm – 7pm (Sat)
5 Coleman St, Excelsior Shopping Centre #02-25, Singapore +65 6336 1956
Looking for a place to grab and not go? Cat Socrates carries a small range of film cameras, film rolls, and camera accessories. Additionally, this store offers many props and little knick-knacks to spice up your pictures. Terrariums, wooden spoons, local prints, and publications… you name it. Cat Socrates is a store where you can get both your film cameras and a taste of Singapore. There’s also a cute kitty lurking around the store; it wouldn’t be Cat Socrates without a cat!
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Mon – Sat), 1pm – 7pm (Sun and PH)
231 Bain St, Bras Basah Complex #02-25, Singapore +65 6333 0870