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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.

Polaroid Land Instant Picture Camera Model 95B circa 1957

Polaroid Land Instant Picture Camera Model 95B circa 1957

The Model 95 is the first of Edwin Land's instant picture cameras, introduced in 1948 by the Polaroid Corporation of Rochester, NY. The 95B variant...
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Soligor C/D Wide-Auto 28mm Prime Lens f/2.8 MC w/ Canon FD mount

Soligor C/D Wide-Auto 28mm Prime Lens f/2.8 MC w/ Canon FD mount

This Soligor multicoated wide angle prime has a focal length of 28mm, a 6-blade aperture, and is f2.8. It has a Canon FD mount. Its dimensions are 60...
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Takumar 35mm f/3.5 original leather lens case

Takumar 35mm f/3.5 original leather lens case

This is a vintage original Takumar leather lens case. The top is marked TAKUMAR 3,5/3.5. There are a couple of chips o the leather and it has a...
$9.49

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Takumar-A Zoom 28-80mm f3.5-4.5 Macro with Pentax K mount

Takumar-A Zoom 28-80mm f3.5-4.5 Macro with Pentax K mount

This is a Takumar-A Zoom 28-80mm f3.5-4.5 with Macro setting and a Pentax K mount. It has an 8-blade aperture and takes a 58 mm filter. Its...
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Tamron 72 mm Macro Close-Up Adaptor Lens for 28-200mm Bayonet

Tamron 72 mm Macro Close-Up Adaptor Lens for 28-200mm Bayonet

This 72 mm Tamron Close-Up Adaptor is for the Tamron 28-200mm lens and with bayonet mount. It was made in Japan and is in excellent condition. The...
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Three 1961 8mm Films Mexico Trip Bullfight and San Jose Pyramid

Three 1961 8mm Films Mexico Trip Bullfight and San Jose Pyramid

For one money are three rolls of film from 1961, of a couples trip to Mexico. The boxes are labeled: "beginning of Mexico trip, ?????mulca,...
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Underground Camera Macro Zoom Lens 80-200mm Canon FD mount case

Underground Camera Macro Zoom Lens 80-200mm Canon FD mount case

This is a Underground Camera Macro Zoom Lens 80-200mm, f 4.5, 52mm filter threads, and with a Canon FD mount and case. It is in good condition with...
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