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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Classic Kodak moments come to lifeNorthern Star, December 9th
"I was down in Grafton recently visiting my grandparents, Betty and Sam Darke, and they gave me a collection of their antique cameras as family heirlooms," Jessica said. "I really had no idea what the date frame for the pictures was going to be," she...Read more
Inside Instagram | Take A Look Inside Their San Francisco HeadquartersstupidDOPE.com, December 9th
There are vintage cameras situated around the office, which is a huge focus on the project. It is an obvious representation of Instagram's brand. instagram-san-francisco-headquarters-09-630x419 · instagram-san-francisco-headquarters-06-630x419...Read more
Purple heart recovered; 3 charged and accused of theftWLNE-TV (ABC6), December 6th
elderly woman's home on Monday. Officials were able to track down the thieves at an apartment on Sherwood Drive on Wednesday. Other stolen items were recovered from the apartment, including two historic audio records of JFK and an antique camera...Read more
Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Striking, Unique Christmas OrnamentsPARADE, December 6th
Perfect for the photographer or vintage camera lover in your life. Doctor Who Holiday Ornaments ThinkGeek, $12.99 each. Nerd alert! Impress Doctor Who fans with these glass ornaments (red or yellow Daleks are available). Wilbury Animal Ornament...Read more
7 Gifts for the Photography ObsessivePARADE, December 5th
the camera from the first Kodak model in 1888 all the way to the release of the iPhone 5 in 2012. This poster is a way for the Photography Obsessive to honor the past without having to shell out thousands of dollars for antique cameras from the...Read more
Check Out These Vintage Cameras Turned Into Handsome LampsGizmodo India, November 28th
Now that film is almost obsolete, you're probably wondering what to do with that beautiful old Minolta taking up precious space in your desk drawer. Well, have you ever considered building furniture out of it? This crew of crafty Chinese designers has...Read more
Vintage Cameras Maintain Their Beauty As LampsPSFK, November 27th
Ystudio gave vintage photographic devices another purpose by transforming them into functional table, floor and wall lamps. The studio collected broken flashes and devices that are beyond repair to be used as the main outer casings for their lamp...Read more
Massive vintage camera collection up for grabsAmateur Photographer, November 21st
Massive vintage camera collection up for grabs. By Chris Cheesman Thursday, 21 November 2013; Be the first to comment. Hundreds of classic cameras and lenses, including around 50 Olympus OM bodies, will be up for grabs at an auction in Dorset early ...Read more