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Discussion in 'Antiques and Collecting' started by luvcameras, Feb 16, 2009.
You've made me very happy—I've read them all. I just wish that I could take some of those steam-engine Daguerreotypes!
I thought it was interesting to see that as far back as the 1860s camera format sizes went from 10x12, to 11x14, to 14x17—ULF sizes which are still in use today. I was a little surprised that the next larger size after 14x17 was not 16x20—apparently that format came in later.
Carleton Watkins' mammoth camera used 18x22" plates. That was in the 1860s too. His album images were frequently cropped to 16x20". I will venture to guess that the images were cropped to eliminate imperfections and fingerprints at the plate edges.
Cool site. Thanks for the link.
Considering the cost of things at the time, photography wasn't cheap then either! A $5000 DSLR is cheaper.
I love that site. I wouldn't mind having some of those old cameras.