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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.

Vintage Auto M42 3-pc Extension Tube Set by Asahi Optical Pentax

Vintage Auto M42 3-pc Extension Tube Set by Asahi Optical Pentax

This is a nice 3-piece extension tube set for an M42 universal threaded camera and lens. It has the auto pin, which is useful if you use it on a...
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Vintage Canon 50mm f1:1.8 FD Mount lens

Vintage Canon 50mm f1:1.8 FD Mount lens

This classic cannon FD mount 50mm lens dates to the 1980s. It is f 1:1.8. It has a metal and black plastic construction. The glass is very clean,...
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Vintage Canon AE-1 35mm Film Camera SLR 50mm f1.8 lens

Vintage Canon AE-1 35mm Film Camera SLR 50mm f1.8 lens

This vintage Canon AE-1 35mm Film Camera had a single owner (me), that did not want to give it up. It was wonderful shooting Kodachrome, Extachrome,...
$99.99
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Vintage Eastman Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro Model Camera w/ Box

Vintage Eastman Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro Model Camera w/ Box

The Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro model was manufactured from Sept 1941to May 1952. This fixed-focus camera featured a twin lens reflex system and...
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Vintage Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash Camera

Vintage Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash Camera

This is the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye made in the USA by Kodak between 1949 and 1961. The classic design is a throwback to the Art Deco era of the...
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Vintage Ricoh Rikenon P 1:2 50mm Pentax K (PK) Mount Prime Lens

Vintage Ricoh Rikenon P 1:2 50mm Pentax K (PK) Mount Prime Lens

This is a vintage Ricoh Rikenon P F2 50mm Prime Lens with a Pentax K (PK) mount. It can be adapated easily to Canon EOS, Sony, and most modern...
$27.99
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Vivitar Automatic Tele Converter 2X-4 for Canon FL/FD Mount

Vivitar Automatic Tele Converter 2X-4 for Canon FL/FD Mount

This Vivitar Automatic Tele Converter 2X-4 is for a Canon FL/FD Mount as indicated. It has the original case and covers, and is in very good...
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