Early 20th century

This section contains amateur and professional cameras from the early 20th Century. The choices for early cameras may be debatable, however, most choices in this section are based on simple cameras that do not have coated optics or sophisticated shutter mechanisms. Most of the trim is made from stamped metal. Significant engineering and manufacturing changes begun to arrive near the end of the 1930’s.

mid 20th century

The mid section contains amateur and professional cameras from the middle of the 20th Century. The choices in this section include cameras that show advanced construction, new materials and engineering as well as more more sophisticated shutter mechanisms. Significant engineering and manufacturing changes began to arrive near the end of the 1930's. Coated optics, invented during WWII, improved image quality immensely.

 

late 20th century

The late section contains amateur and professional cameras from the last part of the 20th Century. The choices for late cameras incorporate sophisticated mechanisms. Extremely precise engineering, proliferation of electronics and automatic features are present in most of the late cameras. Almost all of the advanced cameras have interchangeable lenses and have a host of available accessories to complete a “system”. A few cameras such as the Hasselblad and Nikon F could easily be positioned in the “Middle” section, however, these and other cameras have accessories, lenses and bodies that often work with the latest versions currently being manufactured.