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Voigtlander daguerreotype camera


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    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.