Camerapedia was founded at camerapedia.org in 2004 by User:Lbstone. This strictly noncommercial, Mediawiki-based site provided for the generation of a serious independent resource about cameras, camera lenses and accessories. User:Rebollo_fr became the most prolific author, giving the encyclopedia a strong coverage of vintage Japanese cameras and their makers. In 2006 the Flickr group Camerapedia was founded as a high-capacity, high-bandwidth illustration resource for the wiki. Camerapedia.org's webserver was financed by Lbstone, the image resource space by the Flickr community.
In January 2011 Lbstone had already negotiated the sale of the domain name to Wikia but had not informed other contributors to Camerapedia of this. When he did reveal it, various contributors were not convinced of the benefits to a long-running independent non-commercial project of hosting by Wikia. Wikia made the individual pages of camerapedia.org redirect to the corresponding pages of camerapedia.wikia.com.
User:Voxphoto created a new Flickr group (whose name changed a couple of times), and Flickrmailed invitations to anyone who seemed likely to take some kind of action. User:Steevithak had done some hard thinking about what steps would be involved, and in the course of a discussion in the new group he proposed a plan of action that eventually was followed very closely.
- For example, www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Fujica_G690 was the address within camerapedia.org of the page about the Fujica G690 and closely related cameras; as of late March 2011 this was a redirect to the derivative article within camerapedia.wikia.com on the same subject.
- Camerawiki Flickr group, at Flickr.
- Flickr discussion about forking Camerapedia, at Flickr.
- Steevithak's proposal, at Flickr.