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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.

CA6041 Konica Konica TC-X DX SLR film camera user manual

Konica TC-X DX SLR film camera user manual

This Konica TC-X SLR film camera user manual has some wear and soiling on the covers, and a few dog ears, but the inside is fine and unmarked....
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CA6017 Leica Wild Heerbrugg 2.0x Objective for Stereo Microscope 50mm

Leica Wild Heerbrugg 2.0x Objective for Stereo Microscope 50mm

The is a used 2.0X objective lens for a Leica or Wild Heerbrugg M3Z stereo dissecting or surgical style microscope. It has a 50mm thread size. It was...
$184.00

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CA6069 Lentar 135mm f2.8 camera lens M42 screw mount, 8-blade preset ap

Lentar 135mm f2.8 camera lens M42 screw mount, 8-blade preset ap

This is a 135mm f2.8 Lentar lens with an M42 screw mount and coated optics, and an 8-blade preset aperture. It is marked Made in Japan on the base....
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CA6028 M42 Adapted Vintage Projection Lens Luminac Airequipt 4" F:3.5

M42 Adapted Vintage Projection Lens Luminac Airequipt 4" F:3.5

This is a vintage Luminac Airequipt projection lens. The lens is a coated anastigmat with a 4" (105mm) focal length, and with a F of 1:3.5. It has...
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CA6056 Minolta Makinon Auto 28mm f2.8 Multi-Coated Minolta MD mount

Makinon Auto 28mm f2.8 Multi-Coated Minolta MD mount

This is a vintage Makinon Auto 28mm wide angle lens with an 8 blade aperture of f2.8 and a Minolta MD mount. It has multicoated glass, weighs 292...
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CA6073 Mamiya Sekor Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL Film Camera, Body only with cap

Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL Film Camera, Body only with cap

This is a fully operational Mamiya/Sekor film camera. There are some scuffs and some light dents on the housing, and some specs in the viewfinder,...
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CA6057 Minolta Minolta MC 28mm f3.5 Celtic Lens MD mount Wide Angle Vintage

Minolta MC 28mm f3.5 Celtic Lens MD mount Wide Angle Vintage

This is a vintage Minolta Celtic multicoated auto 28mm wide angle lens with a 1:3.5 aperture, with a minimum aperture of f22. The glass is clean with...
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