Toronto. Back around the end of November, Russ Forfar sent me the link to a History of Field View Cameras. Most of the 1800s, once photographic processes where announced in 1839, Camera were generally what we once called field view cameras
. These bulky instruments were mostly mounted on elaborate tripods since most exposures were minutes or sub-minutes in length.
Near the end of the century, when dry plates and then roll film became common, hand held shots in sunlight became possible using slow sub-second exposures. Even then, the larger cameras still needed a tripod for support. Shown is the Anthony Phantom camera patented in 1882 and made in the late 1880s to early 1890s