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805.01   Camera stands and tripods
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805.01   Equipment >  Camera stands and tripods 
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An 1849 description of a camera tripod outlines a stable platform that has not fundamentally changed since then:
Camera tripod (1849) 
The best constructed stands are made of maple or blackwallnut wood, having a cast iron socket (a, fig. 12,) through which the sliding rod b passes, and into which the legs c, c, with iron screw ferules are inserted. The platform d is made of two pieces, hinged together, as at e, and having a FIG. 9. thumb screw for the purpose of elevating or depressing the instrument.[1]

  1. Λ Henry Hunt Snelling, 1849, The History and Practice of the Art of Photography, Or, The Production of Pictures Through the Agency of Light: Containing All the Instructions Necessary for the Complete Practice of the Daguerrean and Photogenic Art, Both on Metalic Plates and on Paper, (New York: G.P. Putnam), p. 52, fig. 12 (diagram of a daguerreotype camera)

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