It is nearly one hundred years to the day that Oskar Barnack created the original Leica – the prototype for the first small format camera in the world. At the time, Barnack was in charge of film camera development at Ernst Leitz in Wetzlar.
Barnack's invention, which was based on the 35mm film commonly used for cinema at the time, would revolutionize the world of photography and even today, one hundred years later and regardless of technical changes and the evolution to digital, it still sets the standard as far as ambitious photography is concerned.
Starting tomorrow and on a daily basis, LFI online will honour this jubilee by presenting one hundred seminal products from Leica's hundred year history. It will start out with the very original Leica, and continue up until the end of May with a varied array of milestones and curios, cameras and lenses, as well as the surprising or the virtually forgotten that came out of the Wetzlar manufacturing plant over the years.
Daily from February 17 to May 27, 2014, in the LFI Apps and at LFI