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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.

CA6002 Kodak Kodak Baby Brownie Camera with box and directions

Kodak Baby Brownie Camera with box and directions

For sale is this small vintage Kodak Baby Brownie camera in excellent condition. Camera comes with original box which is worn with tears, but still...
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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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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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CA6071 Yashica Yashica Penta J Vintage SLR film camera 1963 Japan

Yashica Penta J Vintage SLR film camera 1963 Japan

The Penta J is a 35 mm SLR camera made by Yashica from 1962 to 1964, and the first of a line of cameras that became known as the Yashica J series....
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CA6062 Spiratone Vario Dupliscope 35mm Slide Negative Copier M42 or FD

Spiratone Vario Dupliscope 35mm Slide Negative Copier M42 or FD

This Spiratone slide copier was designed to take photos of slides to make print copies. It has a 1x to 2.5x zoom collar, and a slide barrel to adjust...
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CA6024 Canon Canon T70 35mm film camera with suto rewind, advance, metering

Canon T70 35mm film camera with suto rewind, advance, metering

This Canon T70 camera is in great conduction, with little wear or evidence of use. It was tested, and is fully operational with shutter and aperture...
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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,...
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