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a c1890 Photosphere camera

Toronto. In 1871, Dr Richard Maddox in the UK announced the dry plate process which replaced wet-plate photography which for decades was a standard process replacing the Daguerreotype in popularity. Dry plate went on to be the under pinnings of … Continue reading

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Getting closer to a universal hobby

Toronto. In 1871, photography crept another step closer to simplicity. ¬†Using gelatin instead of collodion, Dr Maddox was able to create dry plates that were even faster than wet plate technology and for the first time instantaneous pictures (about1/15th of … Continue reading

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An old adage proven

Toronto.. As the saying goes, “The best camera is the one in your hand…” For the first 70 or so years of photography the most important accessory was a good tripod! The sensitive media were so slow it was impossible … Continue reading

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Focussing Aids in the 1800s

Toronto. Those of us who predate digital cameras and smartphones may recall a nifty little 8x magnifier, the Agfa Lupe. It was used to look at 35mm negatives and slides on a light table. Instead, you could use the 5x … Continue reading

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The Need for a Shutter in the 1890s

Toronto. I have a POCO 4×5 made by Rochester Camera Co. in the 1890s. This camera uses the dry plates that led to the early success of George Eastman. When Richard Maddox of England invented a successful dry plate formula … Continue reading

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