The principles of the camera obscura - a simple light projection box - have been understood for thousands of years, but it wasn't until the late 18th century that Thomas Wedgwood discovered he could make simple prints using silver nitrate exposed to the sun.
Over the next 100 years, a series of technical advances brought cameras into everyday life.
More improvements came when Kodak introduced the Retina I, the first camera to use a modern 135 film cartridge.
Photography soon became affordable to all, even before the 1947 introduction of Polaroid's instant camera.
(1959) (Large Image) This is the original Canonflex model introduced in 1959 at the same show the Nikon F and Minolta SR-2 were introduced in the United States.
It had no meter but had an automatic diaphragm and instant return mirror.
It wasn't until George Eastman's 1885 invention of film that cameras got smaller - with his Kodak film loaded in, you would send the whole camera back to the factory to have it developed.
Oskar Barnack began experimenting with 35 mm film in 1914 and built some prototypes of what eventually become the Leica I, the first practical 35 mm camera, released in 1925.
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You risk damaging your camera if you use an FL lens on a Canonflex.