From a flash of inspiration to the birth of the Leica Legend

Oskar Barnack's genius idea of creating the small format 35 mm camera created a revolution in photography in 1925, paving the way for the birth of the Leica Legend. His diminutive, lightweight Leica offered a new, undreamed-of freedom in reportage and artistic photography. From that point to the present day, Leica has had a profound influence on our view of the world we live in. And remarkably, you can still savour this sheer visual enjoyment time and time again whenever you use a Leica product to provide that unique visual perspective.


His small-format 35 mm camera revolutionized the field of photography. The Leica became a companion for all situations - "an integral part of the eye" and "an extension of the hand".


The compact Leica led to the creation of a remarkably high percentage of the memorable images that have helped expand our knowledge and influence our enduring perception of the world.

100 Years of Leica Binoculars

Leica celebrates the 100th jubilee of Leica binoculars.