Leica I camera

Made:
1930 in Wetzlar
maker:
E Leitz

Leica I Leica I, made by Ernst Leitz GmbH in Germany, from 1925
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

35mm camera for 24 x 36mm. No. 31840. Fitted with a Leitz Elmar lens F:50mm f/3.5-18. Lever operated helical screw focusing. Fabric focal plane 20/30/40/60/100/200/500/T cocked by wind on knob. With direct vision optical finder. With accessory shoe. E Leitz, 1930. Overall: 65 mm x 130 mm x 55 mm.

Leica I, made by Ernst Leitz GmbH in Germany, from 1925.

Fitted with a Leitz Elmar lens F:50mm f/3.5-18. Lever operated helical screw focusing. Fabric focal plane 20/30/40/60/100/200/500/T cocked by wind on knob. With direct vision optical finder. With accessory shoe. E Leitz, 1930.

The Leica I was the first commercial Leica camera, and the first mass-produced 35mm camera. The first batch of the Leica I was produced in the 1925, with Anastigmat lenses, the second, also in 1925 had Elmax lenses, the third batch, to which this Leica belongs, had Elmar lenses and was produced from 1926 until 1936. During 1930-1931 a small group was produced with Hektor lenses.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
1990-5036/1714
Materials:
glass and metal (unknown)
type:
35mm camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
  • miniature camera
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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