This 14 ton camera from 1934 cost a whopping $15,240 ($217,540.28 – 2005) to construct — weighing in at 14 tons and 31 feet long.
Two years’ time was needed to build the camera which can take photographs with microscopic exactness. It is equipped to make nautical and airway charts with a precision of less than l/1000th of an inch. The camera can hold plates as large as 50 inches square.
[via Modern Mechanix]