- "Optical Institute" established in Weltzar for the development
of lenses and microscopes.
- Ernst Leitz becomes manager and expands company under his name.
- Ernst Leitz II decides to introduce a 35 mm camera designed
by Oskar Barnack.
- Leica camera introduced.
- Midland, Ontario manufacturing plant constructed.
- M3 Introduced
- M2 Introduced with a new rangefinder design enabling field
view of 35mm lens.
- M4 Introduced with rapid film advance. It has 4 frames for 35mm,
50mm, 90mm, and 135mm lenses.
- M5 Introduced with TTL metering in a larger body.
- M4-2. Old body dimenssions, cost reduced by elimination of self
timer, redesigned finder, hot shoe and improved flash synchronization.
Some gears changed from brass to allow motorwinder. Canadian
manufactured. Best buy because bodies are not popular with collectors.
- M4-P. Added 28mm and 75mm frames.
- M6 Introduced.
- Portugal plant constructed.
- Merger of Wild Leitz Holding AG with the Cambridge Instrument
- Takes over Minox and becomes a public company.
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