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Camera obscura, c1810

The word “camera” is short for the term camera obscura or “darkened room.”  In the 18th Century, the camera obscura was a small box with a lens that allowed an artist to project the world onto their paper or canvas.  In 1839, Louis Jacques Mandè Daguerre (1787-1851) announced the addition of a light sensitive plate to this apparatus and the basic camera was born.  Daguerreotypes had several disadvantages including the problem of creating only one-of-a-kind images.  In 1884 George Eastman created the first photographic film from which photos could be reprinted.  Around 1904 Friedrich Dimmer developed the first fundus camera.

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Ophthalmic cameras

Donaldson external stereo-camera, c1954

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American Academy of Ophthalmology