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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.

CA6038 Pentax Pentax MV 35mm SLR Film Camera Black Body, works fine

Pentax MV 35mm SLR Film Camera Black Body, works fine

This is the black body version of the Pentax MV 35mm SLR film camera. The camera was tested, the batteries still work, and everything works fine,...
$19.79

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CA6040 Pentax Pentax MV SLR Film Camera Manual, circa 1979 Japan

Pentax MV SLR Film Camera Manual, circa 1979 Japan

This vintage Pentax MV camera manual dates to about 1979. It has slight soiling on the cover, but the inside is clean with no writing.
$8.79

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CA6011 Petri Petri C.C. Auto f1.8 55mm Prime Lens M42 42mm mount Japan

Petri C.C. Auto f1.8 55mm Prime Lens M42 42mm mount Japan

This vintage lens is in good condition, and is compatible with all M42, 42mm screw mount cameras (e.g., Pentax). Focus and aperture rings move freely...
$31.99

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CA6019 Polaroid 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...
$28.00

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CA6075 Sears Sears Auto 17 Electronic Camera Flash, tested, works fine

Sears Auto 17 Electronic Camera Flash, tested, works fine

This is a Sears branded Auto 17 Electronic Camera Flash. It is in good condition, fully functional, and works fine. The test button works in manual...
$7.49

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CA6060 Canon Sears Auto 50mm F2.0 for Pentax K PK Mount Prime Lens

Sears Auto 50mm F2.0 for Pentax K PK Mount Prime Lens

This is an Auto Sears 50mm F2.0 camera lens for a Pentax camera. It has a standard K or PK mount. The glass is clean with no haze, fungus, or...
$24.99

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CA6067 Pentax SMC Asahi Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7 Prime Lens K-Mount

SMC Asahi Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7 Prime Lens K-Mount

This vintage manual focus Pentax M 50mm lens with SMC coatings. It has 6 elements in 5 groups, with a maximum aperture of f/1.7, a minimum of f/22,...
$53.99

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