Inside Leica's factory in Wetzlar
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Inside Leica's factory in Wetzlar

Oskar Barnack, on the other hand, was very much an original. A keen amateur filmmaker, he designed the original Leica 'lilliput camera' around the 35mm cine-film format, originally with the intention of measuring cine-film film sensitivity, which varied widely at the time.

When he came up with the design in the early years of the 20th Century, Leitz was still a microscope manufacturer. But after he persuaded Mr Leitz to pursue the development of the Leica, everything changed.