WELCOME TO LEICA PORTUGAL

We want to welcome you to the Leica universe.

Since 1849, when Carl Kellner established his small workshop many things changed in the optical design and assembly process. Some things, however, will never change. The commitment to quality, precision and innovation is a value that guides and motivates Leica from the very first days. Nowadays, more than ever, it represents the principle focus of Leica.

OUR PRODUCTION SECTIONS

OPTICS SECTION

The Optics Section consists of two large production areas: the Flat Optics where prisms are produced for binoculars and cameras, and the Spherical Optics where lenses are produced for LEICA binoculars, scopes and objectives.

MECHANICAL SECTION

The Mechanics section is divided into two production areas: 1) Machining and 2) Surface Treatments. In these two production areas, raw materials are transformed into components of great technical specification and high surface finishes that encompass all Leica products.

ASSEMBLY SECTION

The process of manual and sequential assembly of our products allows for an almost handmade production method that never deviates from the standards of quality and excellence that characterise the wide range of LEICA products.

LEICA – A HISTORY OF SUCCESS

A CENTURY OF INNOVATION

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.