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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.

CA6051 Tiffen 49 mm Haze-1 Camera Lens Filter Made in USA

Tiffen 49 mm Haze-1 Camera Lens Filter Made in USA

This is a genuine Tiffen 49 mm Haze-1 Camera Lens Filter. It was made in USA. It is in fine condition with little evidence of use. In reflected light...
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CA6054 Vintage Canvas Canon EOS Camera Strap

Vintage Canvas Canon EOS Camera Strap

This is a vintage Canon EOS camera strap. It is canvas and leather and probably dates to the 1980s to early 1990s. It has some wear and light...
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CA6048 Ednalite #651 Exakta accessory 38.8 mm to Series VI Adapter Ring

Ednalite #651 Exakta accessory 38.8 mm to Series VI Adapter Ring

This is an Ednalite USA 651 Series VI Ekakta camera Adapter Ring to 38.8 mm with a clear glass filter. It has seen a lot of use with the aluminum...
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CA6041 Konica Konica TC-X DX SLR film camera user manual

Konica TC-X DX SLR film camera user manual

This Konica TC-X SLR film camera user manual has some wear and soiling on the covers, and a few dog ears, but the inside is fine and unmarked....
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CA6042 Pentax Lenses and Accessories 1981 catalog- lens data

Pentax Lenses and Accessories 1981 catalog- lens data

This Pentax Lenses and Accessories catalog dates to July 1986 and is in fine condition. It is about 4x6 inches and has 61 pages. It contains a lot of...
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CA6052 Vintage 12-inch flash cable sync cord for vintage camera 3.5mm

Vintage 12-inch flash cable sync cord for vintage camera 3.5mm

This is a vintage flash cable sync cord to connect an external flash to a vintage camera. It has a 3.5.5mm plug to male PC sync. Works.
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CA6050 Hoya 49mm Skylight 1B Filter Japan

Hoya 49mm Skylight 1B Filter Japan

This is a vintage Hoya 49mm Skylight 1B Filter. It was made in Japan. It is in fine condition with no scratches or damage and little wear.
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