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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.

CA6046 Minolta Minolta MD 50mm F/1.7 manual focus prime lens {49}

Minolta MD 50mm F/1.7 manual focus prime lens {49}

This is a nice manual focus lens from the 1990s. It has six multicoated elements in five groups and weighs 5.8 oz. (165g). It has half stop clicks...
$46.99

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CA6024 Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Lens

Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Lens

This fast vintage Minolta MD Rokkor-X lens has a focal length of 50mm with an f of 1.4 and a 49mm filter thread size. It was in production from 1979...
$79.39

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cA6063 Nikon Nikon 50mm F/4 EL Nikkor Enlarging Lens (39mm M39 Mount)

Nikon 50mm F/4 EL Nikkor Enlarging Lens (39mm M39 Mount)

This used Nikon lens is in great condition with clean glass, with no scratches, haze, or mold, and the aperture blades are clean with no oil. It...
$36.25

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CA6049 Olympus Rubber Camera Lens Hood for Zuiko OM 35-105mm lens

Olympus Rubber Camera Lens Hood for Zuiko OM 35-105mm lens

This is a genuine vintage Olympus hard rubber camera lens hood for Zuiko OM 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 manual focus lens. It is the clamp on style with thumb...
$17.99

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CA6053 Olympus Vintage 25mm Auto Extension Tube Japan

Olympus Vintage 25mm Auto Extension Tube Japan

This is a vintage Olympus 25mm auto extension tube. It was made in Japan, and probably dates to the 1970s or 1980s. It works properly and it is in...
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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...
$3.79

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CA6061 Pentax Pentax ME Super 35mm Vintage SLR Film Camera Body

Pentax ME Super 35mm Vintage SLR Film Camera Body

This Pentax ME Super is a popular and reliable vintage manual focus SLR 35-mm film camera that was sold from 1979 to 1984. It features an electronic...
$42.25

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