Voigtlander daguerreotype camera

1841 in Vienna

Voigtlander daguerreotype camera Voigtlander daguerreotype camera, made in Austria, 1841
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

Daguerreotype camera made by Voigtlander & Sohn, Wien. All metal camera for circular daguerreotype plates 95mm in diameter. Petzval lens c.f/3.8; conical focusing screen holder; darkroom loaded; camera rests on telescopic stand with three levelling screws. Plate holder and lens hood possibly reproductions. No 81.

Voigtlander daguerreotype camera, made in Austria, 1841.

This camera for the daguerreotype process was introduced by Peter Wilhelm Friedrich Voigtlander (1812-1878) in 1841. The focussing screen was positioned at the widest part of the camera, and there was a magnifier in the shorter of the two cones to aid focussing. Once the picture was sharp, the photographer had to go into the darkroom and swap the focussing screen for a daguerreotype plate.

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Photographic Technology
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brass (copper, zinc alloy) and glass
lens cap: 105 mm,
daguerreotype camera
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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