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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.

CA6027 Takumar Takumar 35mm f/3.5 original leather lens case

Takumar 35mm f/3.5 original leather lens case

This is a vintage original Takumar leather lens case. The top is marked TAKUMAR 3,5/3.5. There are a couple of chips o the leather and it has a...
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CA6016 Tamron 72 mm Macro Close-Up Adaptor Lens for 28-200mm Bayonet

Tamron 72 mm Macro Close-Up Adaptor Lens for 28-200mm Bayonet

This 72 mm Tamron Close-Up Adaptor is for the Tamron 28-200mm lens and with bayonet mount. It was made in Japan and is in excellent condition. The...
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CA6043 Genuine Minolta A Lens Shade Hood for 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 Zoom Lens

Genuine Minolta A Lens Shade Hood for 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 Zoom Lens

This Minolta lens hood is designed to protect the images from sun flares and other extraneous light when shooting, and it helps protect the front...
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CA6044 Konica Genuine vintage Konica 55mm thread lens hood

Genuine vintage Konica 55mm thread lens hood

This vintage plastic 55mm threaded lens hood is embossed Konica Japan. It has little evidence of use and is in very good condition. Lens hoods...
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CA6004 Three 1961 8mm Films Mexico Trip Bullfight and San Jose Pyramid

Three 1961 8mm Films Mexico Trip Bullfight and San Jose Pyramid

For one money are three rolls of film from 1961, of a couples trip to Mexico. The boxes are labeled: "beginning of Mexico trip, ?????mulca,...
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CA6047 Vintage universal A-17 automatic manual 35mm camera flash

Vintage universal A-17 automatic manual 35mm camera flash

This is a vintage universal A-17 automatic and manual 35mm camera flash. It takes four AA batteries. We tested it and it works both in manual mode...
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CA6025 ARRI LAS-1 Lens Adapter Support Bracket MFR #K2.0003899

ARRI LAS-1 Lens Adapter Support Bracket MFR #K2.0003899

This LAS-1 Lens Adapter Support from ARRI provides sturdy support for many third party, pillar-style lens mount adapters. The LAS-1 Support is...
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