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Address: Leica Camera AG
Am Leitz-Park 5
Telephone: +49 (0)6441 2080 0

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Equipment Brands: Leica

Leica is a German manufacturer of camera and optical products. The company specializes in high-end and expensive cameras.

The earliest Leica prototypes were developed by the company Ernst Leitz during the first years of the 20th century, but marketing did not commence until the mid 1920s. The Leicas were innovative, by orienting the image frame sideways for the 35 mm film as opposed to the cine-camera tradition of across the film-strip. The cameras were compact with collapsible lenses, for hiking and biking. The name Leica is a combination of the first three letters of Ernst Leitz's surname and the first two from the word camera: lei-ca.

The company publishes a magazine, LFI, eight times a year. The magazine feature work from the best Leica photographers. Within LFI's pages, the reader will find in depth test studies of Leica products as well as ancillary equipment, technical reports on digital and analogue photography and interesting users tips.

The company has galleries showcasing the work of Leica photographers in Boston, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Kyoto, Los Angeles, Milano, Nürnberg, Porto, Prague, Salzburg, Sao Paulo and Singapore.

The company headquarters and manufacturing complex are in Leitz Park, Wetzlar in Germany, a 40 minute drive from Frankfurt. It is open to the public, is barrier-free and there’s no need to book in advance. The focus is on photography. The events programme at the Leitz Park offers exclusive exhibitions, talks and signings by internationally acclaimed photographers. In the new company building, visitors can look on as Leica products are manufactured and assembled. An exhibition of historical cameras, lenses and sport optics products, a Leica Galerie and a Leica Store, the works restaurant and a cafe.


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