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Cameras & Photography

While the process of photography has been around for hundreds of years, photography did not become widespread until around 1855 with the development of photographic emulsions on glass plates. Daguerreotype cameras formed images on silvered copper plates. The earliest daguerreotype cameras required several minutes to half an hour to expose images on the plates. By 1840, exposure times were reduced to just a few seconds owing to improvements in the chemical preparation and development processes, and to advances in lens design. American daguerreotypists introduced manufactured plates in mass production, and plate sizes became internationally standardized: whole plate (6.5 x 8.5 inches), three-quarter plate (5.5 x 7 1/8 inches), half plate (4.5 x 5.5 inches), quarter plate (3.25 x 4.25 inches), sixth plate (2.75 x 3.25 inches), and ninth plate (2 x 2.5 inches). Plates were often cut to fit cases and jewelry with circular and oval shapes. Larger plates were produced, with sizes such as 9 x 13 inches (“double-whole” plate), or 13.5 x 16.5 inches (Southworth & Hawes’ plate).

Film cameras intended for use by the general public were not available until around 1890 with the development of box cameras and portable bellows cameras that used plastic film on rolls. The use of photographic film was pioneered by George Eastman, who started manufacturing paper film in 1885 before switching to celluloid in 1889. His first camera, which he called the "Kodak," was first offered for sale in 1888. It was a very simple box camera with a fixed-focus lens and single shutter speed, which along with its relatively low price appealed to the average consumer. The Kodak came pre-loaded with enough film for 100 exposures and needed to be sent back to the factory for processing and reloading when the roll was finished. By the end of the 19th century Eastman had expanded his lineup to several models including both box and folding cameras.

On this page we feature collectible and vintage cameras and parts by by Agfa, Argus, Kodak, Leica, Retina, Voigtländer, and others.

CA6003 1930s Art Deco Kodak Six-20 Vigilant Folding Bellows Camera film

1930s Art Deco Kodak Six-20 Vigilant Folding Bellows Camera film

This is Kodak Six-20 Vigilant folding pocket camera with a classic art deco design. It dates to the 1930s. It has an f3.6 Anastigmat lens, and when...
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CA6009 1930s era photograph boy in football uniform Ralph

1930s era photograph boy in football uniform Ralph

This photograph of a boy in a football uniform appears to date from the 1930s based on the style of uniform. It measures 3.25 by 4.5 inches. It is...
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CA6034 2 Black Faux Leather 35mm Film Canister Holders Case w/ zippers

2 Black Faux Leather 35mm Film Canister Holders Case w/ zippers

These two vintage 35mm film canister holders or cases are made of black faux leather with zippers. They are used to hang spare film canisters from...
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CA6064 70s Vintage 2" Wide Camera Strap Woven embroidered style suede

70s Vintage 2" Wide Camera Strap Woven embroidered style suede

This is a vintage 1970's era 2-inch wide woven embroidered style camera strap. The black backing is suede, with two film canister holders. It has a...
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CA6012 Accura Diamatic 35mm F2.8 Prime Lens w/ M42 42mm screw mount

Accura Diamatic 35mm F2.8 Prime Lens w/ M42 42mm screw mount

This vintage lens is in good condition, and is compatible with all M42, 42mm screw mount cameras (e.g., Pentax). Focus and aperture rings move freely...
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CA6035 Andoer 52mm Macro Close-Up Lens Filter Set +1 +2 +4 +10 w/ Pouch

Andoer 52mm Macro Close-Up Lens Filter Set +1 +2 +4 +10 w/ Pouch

Close-up lens filters are a easy way of achieving macro photography without having to buy an expensive macro lens. This is a new and unused macro...
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CA6025 ARRI LAS-1 Lens Adapter Support Bracket MFR #K2.0003899

ARRI LAS-1 Lens Adapter Support Bracket MFR #K2.0003899

This LAS-1 Lens Adapter Support from ARRI provides sturdy support for many third party, pillar-style lens mount adapters. The LAS-1 Support is...
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