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

And here it is. The original 'Ur-Leica' of 1914 (actually a replica - the priceless original is in a vault somewhere, possibly under even worse lighting than this one). While obviously a very different device to the commercially produced rangefinders that came later, Barnack's original camera established many of the essential principles that still guide the design of M-series cameras today.