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Monday, May 28, 2007

First Camera Makes $775,000

Mike O'Donoghue writes to tell us that "the Susse Frères black softwood box (1839) went for 480,000€ Saturday at the Westlicht auction here in Vienna. That makes 576,000€ [about $775,000 or £390,400] with fees."

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON with thanks to Mike O'D.


Blogger Glennsp said...

Nice point and shoot!

10:30 AM  
Blogger John Roberts said...

You mean the first camera wasn't a Leica?

7:50 PM  
Blogger Steve Thurow said...

How many MegaPixels, and is it full frame?

10:53 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"How many MegaPixels, and is it full frame?"

Being a "direct positive" technique (we could argue the subtleties of that terminology), Daguerreotypes were splendidly detailed--to the viewers of the day they had an infinite exactitude. And from the size of that camera, you can bet the plates were rather large--probably closer to what came to be called "whole plate" than not. So let's call it "large format" and, hmm, maybe 160 megapixels?



3:18 PM  

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