I just thought all the camera historians out there would be interested in this:
"We turn not older with years, but newer every day." Emily Dickinson
#1. "RE: World's oldest camera" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberMon 28-May-07 07:22 AM
Thank you, Vincent. Good catch.
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#2. "RE: World's oldest camera" | In response to Reply # 0dwig Registered since 30th May 2004Mon 28-May-07 01:17 PM
Its certainly the oldest surviving "commercially manufactured" camera.
It would be interesting to know if any of Fox-Talbot's original "mouse trap" cameras still survive. These could be 4-5 years older. I've only see photographs of reproductions of Fox-Talbot's early cameras.
Its quite amazing how fast photography advanced during the decade from 1835-45. There as nearly a ten year lag between the first permanant photograph (1826) and the early success of Fox-Talbot (1835 for his first image using a camera) and Daguerre. But then things moved fast. In 1839 both Daguerre and Fox-Talbot made public announcements of their success. By 1845 photography was viable commercially.
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#3. "RE: World's oldest camera" | In response to Reply # 0sabre Nikonian since 31st Dec 2006Fri 01-Jun-07 06:39 AM
Such an amazing piece of photographic history deserves to be bought by somebody who will care for it. I hope that they share it with others by putting it on display.
$800K is a lot of money for what is no more than a wooden box with a few pieces of brass and glass, however historical it is. I wonder if my Kodak Instamatic will be worth $8 one day?!
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