Antique Camera - a Bit of History

Did you know that the latin word for camera was "room"?

The camera Obscrua was literely a "literally, dark room" and was the top of the line camera in the 18th and 19th century.

The first photographic process was invented in the 1830s, with bot Daguerre in France and Fox Talbot in England claiming the innovation.




Polaroid Instant Camera

If you are from the "millennial generation" ask your parents about this one!

This baby was the tops in the 1960s -- Take a picture, it shoots out the from and is developed within 1 minute. Keep in mind cell phones with camera were a pipe dream in the 60s.

If it were not for the fact so many were made, this would be a true antique. This baby was the tops in the 1960s -- Take a picture, it shoots out the from and is developed within 1 minute. Keep in mind cell phones with camera were a pipe dream in the 60s.

You can still find one for around $400, BUT good luck finding the film for one




Camera Obscrua

From 1800 and The focal length is adjusting by sliding the lens in and out and the objkect focuses on a ground glass screen at the back.

It was not until 30 years later that the photographic plate was invented. Every collecter longs for an antique "Camera Obsctua" but there are few few left in existance -- the few that are available cost in excess of $3,000.

 


Newman and Guardia Box Plate Camera

From around 1910. A special box plate camera with a Zeiss 224mm lens with two plate magazines, this camera was made in Britian.

The most famous of the Newman Guardia cameras was "Sybil" but they also made stereoscopic cameras whic are unusual and highly sought after.

 


Adam and Co. Reflex Plate Camera

Made around 1900, This plate camera had a Kodak lens and the time Adam and Co were the most expensive cameras available. They were sold direct and were never allowed to be sold in retail outlets

Professional photographers could also have Adam and Co. custom build a camera for them.

 


Teak and Brass "Salex" Reflex Camera

Made around 1010, this camera was retailled bu City Sale and Exchange of London. This camera has a Taylor Hobson Cooke f3.6 lens and tan leather bellows.

 





Collectors' Notes

Obviously, condition is improtant if you plan to use the camera.

Stero camera are a very popular collection field and will command a premium over other cames of a similar age and maker.

Collecting Tip

In the last few years there as been an increasing interest in early 35mm cameras both by Canon and Nikon. They are the new "useable collectible".