May 12, 2013
Milestones in the Leica product history
|1849||The optician and mathematician Carl Kellner founds an optical institution for the development of lenses and microscopes in Wetzlar.|
|1887||The 10,000th microscope is produced.|
|1907||Start of binocular production under the management of Max Berek.|
|1914||Oskar Barnack creates the Ur-Leica.|
|1923||Production of the first 25 prototypes of a small-format 35mm camera named the “Null-Serie” for test purposes.|
|1925||The Leica with built-in collapsible lens is presented at the Spring Trade Fair in Leipzig. 1,000 cameras were produced in the first year alone. The first small-format enlarger is introduced under the name of FILAR.|
|1926||The first small-format 35mm projector is launched under the name of ULEJA.|
|1930||The first Leica camera with interchangeable threaded mount and three vest pocket lenses is launched. The Lehr-Atelier is set up in the optical factory Ernst Leitz in Wetzlar to introduce researchers, technicians, journalists and scientists to the advantages of small-format photography in both theory and practice.|
|1932||The Leica II with coupled rangefinder and built-in viewfinder is made available for the first time. Additional screw-mount lenses enter the market. Leica photographers now have seven vest pocket lenses with standardized thread at their disposal. The Leica II with the serial number 100,000 is manufactured.|
|1934||The Leica 250, dubbed the “Reporter”, contains 10 meter film and delivers 250 exposures without reloading. Combined with a spring motor, it becomes the preferred device used in reconnaissance aircraft by the German air force.|
|1954||The Leica M3 with bayonet mount and high-magnification rangefinder marks the end of an era for screw thread cameras. Film transport is made significantly easier with the use of a rapid-wind lever.|
|1957||The Leica IIIg ,the last Leica screw thread model, is introduced.|
|1963||Groundbreaking new development in the form of LEICA Trinovid binoculars is presented at the Photokina exposition. It featured an elegant new slim line design, a new central focusing control, and a true internal-focus system to prevent suction when adjusting.|
|1965||The Leicaflex marks the first Leica single-lens reflex camera to enter series production.|
|1966||The Leica Noctilux 1:1.2/50 mm is the first 35mm camera with an aspherical element.|
|1967||The Leica M4 is launched with a simplified film loading system and new rewind crank.|
|1968||The Leicaflex SL is the first camera in the world with selective-area metering.|
|1971||The Leica M5 is the first rangefinder camera in the world with selective light measurement through the taking lens.|
|1973||The Leica CL is launched as a compact rangefinder camera. A new factory in Portugal starts operation.|
|1975||Newly developed glass types enable the construction of the extremely high-aperture objective, the famed Leica Noctilux 1:1.0/50 mm.|
|1976||The Leica R3 is the first electronic Leica with selective/integral light measurement.|
|1980||The Leica R4 is the first Leica with multi-program automatic exposure.|
|1984||The Leica M6 with selective light measurement and LED display in the finder is launched.|
|1988||The Leica R6 with mechanically controlled shutter is announced.|
|1989||The first Leica compact camera LEICA AF-C1 is launched.|
|1990||The binocular series LEICA TRINOVID BA is launched with newly developed lenses and a totally redesigned mechanism.|
|1992||Leica introduces the first binocular with integrated laser rangefinder: Geovid 7×42 BD.|
|1994||The first digitally controlled Leica is presented, the LEICA R7.
First Leica lens with molded asperical lens is introduced.
Leica introduces the first Leica spotting scope: Leica Televid.
|1996||The microprocessor-controlled single-lens reflex camera, Leica R8, is launched.|
|1998||The Leica M6 TTL with TTL flash exposure measurement is introduced. The Leica Digilux is launched – the first digital Leica compact camera.|
|1999||With the Leica C1, the new design series in Leica compact cameras, is launched|
|2002||Leica M7 with automatic timer providing digital countdown digital display of long exposures.
The Leica R9 with low weight and extended flash control options is launched.
Leica Duovid is worldwide the first high performance binocular with dual magnification.
|2003||The new binocular range Leica Ultravid in a new design and improved optical system is launched. A digital rear panel for the Leica R9 is announced.|
|2004||The Geovid is redesigned – more compact and improved construction: Geovid 8×42 BRF.|
|2005||The Digital-Modul-R is introduced and the analog R8/R9 becomes a digital SLR-camera.|
|2006||Leica introduces the digital rangefinder camera Leica M8.|
|2009||Leica introduces the digital rangefinder camera Leica M9.|
|2013||Leica introduces the digital rangefinder camera Leica M type 240.|
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