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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.

CA6051 Tiffen 49 mm Haze-1 Camera Lens Filter Made in USA

Tiffen 49 mm Haze-1 Camera Lens Filter Made in USA

This is a genuine Tiffen 49 mm Haze-1 Camera Lens Filter. It was made in USA. It is in fine condition with little evidence of use. In reflected light...
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CA6015 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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cA6065 Venus Duo Track Camera Bellows for Canon FD Mount

Venus Duo Track Camera Bellows for Canon FD Mount

This is a vintage Venus Duo Track camera bellows, probably from the 1960s or 1970s, made for a Canon film camera. The bellows are in great shape,...
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CA6052 Vintage 12-inch flash cable sync cord for vintage camera 3.5mm

Vintage 12-inch flash cable sync cord for vintage camera 3.5mm

This is a vintage flash cable sync cord to connect an external flash to a vintage camera. It has a 3.5.5mm plug to male PC sync. Works.
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CA6029 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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CA6023 Canon 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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CA6010 Canon Vintage Canon AE-1 35mm Film Camera SLR 50mm f1.8 lens AE1

Vintage Canon AE-1 35mm Film Camera SLR 50mm f1.8 lens AE1

This vintage Canon AE-1 35mm Film Camera had a single owner and was a wonderful shooting Kodachrome, Extachrome, and black and film back in the day....
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