Camera, n., L., literally chamber, a bit of portable darkness to put between a lens and a piece of rectangular light-sensitive material. A Gennert Montauk, c. 1919, courtesy Field Cameras of the United States: 1879-1930. There's no point, I just thought this was cool. Besides, Oren-san needed placating.
Featured Comment by Tim: "Camera #0 if you ask me :)"
Featured Comment by David A. Goldfarb: "I have cameras older than that that still transport the darkness to anywhere I need it. They can be repaired and maintained mostly with ordinary stuff from the hardware store, though I leave bellows making to people who are better at that than I. Ilford is cutting film to all sorts of unusual sizes once a year now, and people are using the internet to organize groups to make minimum orders for Kodak and occasionally Fuji sheet films in non-standard sizes. 4x5", 5x7", and 8x10" are still stock items.
"Whether it originally shot plates or film, a Gennert Montauk is still a perfectly usable camera."