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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.

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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Asahi Opt. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55mm F1.8 M42 Mount Lens

Asahi Opt. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55mm F1.8 M42 Mount Lens

This an original 1970s era Asahi Opt. Company Super-Multi-Coated Takumar lens with a 55mm focal length at F1.8. It has the Pentax M42 universal screw...
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AUTO mamiya sekor 50mm F/2.0 Standard Lens Silver nose M42 screw

AUTO mamiya sekor 50mm F/2.0 Standard Lens Silver nose M42 screw

This is a vintage auto Mamiya Sekor 50mm F2 Standard Lens with a silver nose with an M42 universal Pentax screw mount. The lens has all metal...
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Bower Pentax K mount body to Screw Mount KR PK-M42 adapter Japan

Bower Pentax K mount body to Screw Mount KR PK-M42 adapter Japan

This is vintage Bower PK to M42 universal screw mount adapter. It will also work on Ricoh KR mounts. It works fine-just align the red dots and lock...
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Canon EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III Autofocus Zoom Lens With Caps

Canon EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III Autofocus Zoom Lens With Caps

This lens is in fine condition, the glass is good with no scratches, fungus, or other problems. The lens was tested, and the autofocus works fine....
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Canon Lens Mount Converter P Adaptor Canon FD Camera to M42

Canon Lens Mount Converter P Adaptor Canon FD Camera to M42

This is a genuine vintage Canon lens mount converter P, made in Japan. It attaches to the front of a vintage Canon FD, FL, or R mount film camera,...
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Canon T70 35mm film camera with suto rewind, advance, metering

Canon T70 35mm film camera with suto rewind, advance, metering

This Canon T70 camera is in great conduction, with little wear or evidence of use. It was tested, and is fully operational with shutter and aperture...
$19.39

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