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History of Camera Development

Many pinhole-type cameras dating back to the 11th century

Joseph Niépce recorded the first photograph in 1826, using a photo-sensitive silver/chalk mixture

Development of recording mediums more responsive to light: wet plates, dry plates

George Eastman introduces photographic film in 1885, and debuts the “Kodak” camera in 1888 – a cheap and easy to operate camera that began to popularize cameras

Oskar Barnack developed the Leica camera in 1925, which popularized 35mm film standard

Ihagee introduced the first single-lens reflex camera, Exakta, in 1933, allowing photographers to view image “through the lens”

Auto-focus developed in the Konica C35AF in 1977

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