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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.

CA6001 Kodak 1946 Kodak Junior Vigilant Six-20 with Bimat Lens, box, manual

1946 Kodak Junior Vigilant Six-20 with Bimat Lens, box, manual

This vintage Kodak Vigilant Junior Six-20 is in overall good shape and operational. The camera has some wear on the outside, but the bellows are very...
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CA6003 1930s Art Deco Kodak Six-20 Vigilant Folding Bellows Camera film

1930s Art Deco Kodak Six-20 Vigilant Folding Bellows Camera film

This is Kodak Six-20 Vigilant folding pocket camera with a classic art deco design. It dates to the 1930s. It has an f3.6 Anastigmat lens, and when...
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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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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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CA6074 Sears Vintage Sears KS Super 35mm SLR Film Camera, Body Only, Tested

Vintage Sears KS Super 35mm SLR Film Camera, Body Only, Tested

Like many department store chains, Sears sold major brand cameras under their own name. The KS Super is a K mount camera that is actually a very...
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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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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...
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