I have been a camera collector since 1992. My particular collection focuses on cameras, lenses and replated photographica from the 1839-1879 period.
I started the AntiqueCameras.net website in 1994 and it has been consistently ranked at the top for most search engines including ranking # 1 on google (and prior to that Alta Vista) for 25 years for the term "antique cameras." As such, I was getting so many emails each day asking for help with identifying and valuing cameras/lenses, that I began offering my Camera Identification and Valuation Services as well as creating my detailed and camera and lens price guides contained in this site.
In 1995, I founded the Internet Directory of Camera Collectors, "IDCC." The IDCC grew to be, and still is, the world's largest on-line community of active camera collectors.
In December 2013, I published a 26 page research paper on The History of the Petzval Lens in Issue # 171 of The Journal; New England Journal of Photographic History.
I have also been an active EBAY buyer and seller as a collector since 1996, with over 2,500 positive transactions and ZERO negative transactions - something I am very proud of, since its not easy to please everyone - but I try. See here for my EBAY feedback page.
I am a current member of The Photographic Society of New England and past member of The Daguerreian Society. I also operate the Facebook Group: Antique & Classic Cameras and Lenses --> www.facebook.com/groups/AntiqueCameras/ The site is supported by affiliations to Amazon and Ebay. I hope you find this site useful.