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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.

CA6033 Vivitar Vivitar Coated Close-Up Macro Lens Filter No. 1 2 3 52mm Thread

Vivitar Coated Close-Up Macro Lens Filter No. 1 2 3 52mm Thread

This is a set of Vivitar close-up macro lens filter. They are Nos. 1, 2, and 3 for a 52mm threaded lens. The glass is coated and very clean, with no...
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CA6071 Yashica Yashica Penta J Vintage SLR film camera 1963 Japan

Yashica Penta J Vintage SLR film camera 1963 Japan

The Penta J is a 35 mm SLR camera made by Yashica from 1962 to 1964, and the first of a line of cameras that became known as the Yashica J series....
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CA6072 Yashica Yashica Silver Auto Yashinon 5cm 50mm f/2 for M42 Japan

Yashica Silver Auto Yashinon 5cm 50mm f/2 for M42 Japan

This is an Auto Yashinon 5cm (50 mm) f/2 lens made for an M42 Universal mount. It features a 6-blade diaphragm and a minimum aperture of 16. Minimum...
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CA6070 Yashica Yashica YEM-35 Super Hot Shoe Clip on CdS Camera Exposure Meter

Yashica YEM-35 Super Hot Shoe Clip on CdS Camera Exposure Meter

Here is an often-used Yashica YEM-35 clip-on camera cadmium sulfide exposure meter. This example was attached by braided twine to the strap of a...
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CA6032 Zeiss Ikon Zeiss Ikon f=1.0m Proxar Close-up Lens for Contaflex Camera

Zeiss Ikon f=1.0m Proxar Close-up Lens for Contaflex Camera

This is a Zeiss Ikon Proxar close-up Lens for a 28.5 mm Contaflex camera lens. The glass is coated, and focal length of 1 meter. It has little...
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