Fun Facts You May Not Know About Leica

Ever heard of the Leica? If you were born during the era of the digital camera, the answer is probably no. Well, it’s about time that you learn something about it.


– Leica is a German camera brand that dominated photography for the past 100 years. Its name is a combination of the first 3 letters of Enst Leitz’s surname, and the first 2 letters of the word camera. Leitz was the creator of Leica’s predecessor, Optische Werke.

– Leica cameras came with a warranty card that enables buyers to upgrade to the latest models every time something new comes out. This makes plenty of owners very happy. However, if they didn’t have the first one exchanged for another, they probably made lots of money off it, especially if it’s 100 years old.

– Leica creators made an underwater camera system in the 1950s and ‘60s for the U.S. Navy. Just when you think underwater cams were new innovations, Leica was way ahead of everyone. The camera was made by taking into account the refractive index of salt water. It is said that when the water is clear, it’s hard to differentiate an underwater image from the not. The device was that good back then.


– Leica is one of the most expensive cameras in the world. The original, that is. In 2012, a Leica O-Series model that dates back to 1923, sold for $2.8 million. Being one of the only 12 Leica cameras in existence, it’s expected to cost as much. The older models are likely to pick an even higher price.

Moreover, the Leica Trinovid 10 X 40 was the first optical device to go the moon aboard the Apollo 11. Being part of a mission that made history, the Leica certainly had very good reasons to celebrate about. Reaching 100 years old isn’t too bad, either.

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