Antique and vintage cameras are valued by collectors for many reasons, from the historical significance of 19th century wood cameras to the fine optics of classic vintage Leicas. Kodak and Polaroid are two other big names in camera collecting, as is Bolex in movie cameras.

The principles of the camera obscura - a simple light projection box - have been understood for thousands of years, but it wasn't until the late 18th century that Thomas Wedgwood discovered he could make simple prints using silver nitrate exposed to the sun. Over the next 100 years, a series of technical advances brought cameras into everyday life.

Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre formed a partnership in 1829, and figured out a new chemical bath for prints, which shortened the exposure process to eight hours. Daguerre continued this research until he perfected the Daguerreotype, a print made on silver that was used up until the mid 1850s. Daguerreotypes and other formats (e.g. cyanotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes) were made with wood cameras, which were essentially camera obscuras with lenses, allowing for clearer image refraction.

It wasn't until George Eastman's 1885 invention of film that cameras got smaller - with his Kodak film loaded in, you would send the whole camera back to the factory to have it developed. Oskar Barnack began experimenting with 35 mm film in 1914 and built some prototypes of what eventually become the Leica I, the first practical 35 mm camera, released in 1925.

More improvements came when Kodak introduced the Retina I, the first camera to use a modern 135 film cartridge. Photography soon became affordable to all, even before the 1947 introduction of Polaroid's instant camera.

Development of movie cameras kept pace, building atop the basic slide projection technology (magic lantern) which had been in use since the 1500s. The first movie cameras were developed around 1888, and Thomas Edison produced the first copyrighted film in 1894. In 1895, the Lumiere brothers of France first showed off their 'Cinematographe,' a handheld combination projector and camera, in the first commercial public film screening.


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This $15500 Device Turns Your Vintage Hasselblad Into a Digital Camera
Bloomberg, August 27th

covers and Calvin Klein billboards. While it's not a complete camera on its own, Hasselblad's CFV-50C digital back is an attachment that turns vintage cameras and lenses into high-resolution digital cameras that compete with today's very best...Read more

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Wired, August 27th

Jumpers shoot on everything from vintage cameras to high-end DSLRs to GoPros and drones, battling sun glare and water on the lens. While some are content to snap a pic and call it a day, others take great pains to get the perfect shot. “I often find...Read more

Vintage at the Shore Sheds New Light on Yesterday's Charm
The SandPaper, August 26th

“The lens of your vintage camera is thick glass that gives an image a slightly distorted look. Dust and scratches give a gritty, old-fashioned appearance. Mold and fungus provide interesting texture.” Vintage cameras typically used for TtV are the twin...Read more

Vivid X-Rays Reveal the Guts of Robots and Radios
Wired, August 25th

When asked what super power they'd choose, most people probably would pick flight or invisibility. Roy Livingston wants X-ray vision. It just seems so much cooler to him. “I think being able to see through things and how they work is incredible,” he says...Read more

Olympus' latest mirrorless camera is all digital, but looks like a film camera
Mashable, August 24th

For its Mark II introduction, Olympus dug into its vintage camera closet for inspiration to give the camera an even more retro look. While the bulk of the body is still plastic wrapped in leather, certain sections are made from magnesium alloy. And the...Read more

The mystery of the antique camera film, 2015 edition
Albany Times Union (blog), August 22nd

The mystery of the antique camera film, 2015 edition. Posted on August 22, 2015 | By Chuck Miller · Print. One of my blog readers, Dave Stewart, kindly “gifted” me his father's Argus C3 camera. Other than giving it a new leather body, and doing some ...Read more

Incase x Kelly Slater Action Camera Collection
BallerStatus.com, August 18th

Tech accessories brand Incase returns with with a new collaborative offering with pro-surfer Kelly Slater, dubbed the Action Camera Collection. Designed for GoPro users and outdoor enthusiasts , the line builds on the benefits of the Incase Action...Read more

Canon ME launches new camera collection
Trade Arabia, August 9th

Canon Middle East, a leader in imaging solutions, has launched its new summer collection of consumer products in the region, which includes top-of-the-line camera models and printers. The latest range features EOS 750D, 760D and M3, PowerShot models ...Read more