With the arrival in 1911 of Oskar Barnack, an optical engineer, and Max Berek, a newly-trained professor in mineralogy and mathematics in 1912, conditions were created for the greatest innovation since the invention of photography : The invention of the portable camera.
This is how, in 1913, Ur-Leica was created, the prototype that will lead to the dawning of a new era in world photography. The photographs taken with this machine proved to be of exceptional quality, and in 1914, Oskar Barnack constructed a new prototype that Ernst Leitz would take on a trip to New York during which he took numerous photographs.
According to company tradition, the name Leica is formed by LEI (Leitz) + CA (camera)
Leica binoculars have a 30-year warranty
A Type M photographic camera have 1.200 pieces and takes 8 hours to assemble
In 1907, the 100,000th Leitz microscope was offered to Nobel Prize winner, bacteriologist Robert Koch.
The Hektor and Summarex lenses owe their names to Prof. Max Berek dogs, Hektor and Rex.
Leitz launched its first comparison microscope used in criminal investigation in 1931.
Leica cameras are recognized for their extreme smoothness when shooting. It is said that, because they are so silent, they are the few that are allowed to be operated within some courts.
After the war, in 1947, a group of photojournalists - Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour and George Rodger - founded the world's first photo agency, Magnum. All these great photographers used Leica cameras.
The first lens for underwater photography was developed by Leitz in 1961.
The Leica Leicaflex SL2 / SL2 MOT (from 1974) was considered the strongest 35mm camera ever conceived. In the Leica Museum in Solms, there is a copy that survived a fall of 7.600m, and became fully operational after repair.
Mount Everest was two meters lower after a Leica GPS system measured the height of its peak, correcting it in 1992.
In May 2011 a Leica camera with a 1923 manufacturing year was auctioned for $ 1.9 million, making it one of the most expensive machines in history.