At the beginning of the 20. Century were bulky record cameras ubrow. But the leitz-employee oskar barnack needed a more manual solution for his hiking tours and invented the UR-leica in 1914 before the outbreak of the first world war. She was much more compact than all of the previously conventional cameras and was considered the mabs of the time as a miniature camera. As a footage of commercial cinema film in 35 mm format was used. The negative had the amounts of 24 x 36 mm.
Leica M – all analogous muebelian cameras
1914 – the ur-leica
after the mabs of that time, the ur-leica was almost tiny from 1914. Oskar barnack therefore also described his developments as a liliput camera.
Frying years: the myth was created
This so-called small picture format developed over time for both the professional and amateur photographers for the dominant camera format. Although the smallest picture of the medium format up to the coarse format, there was always alternative formats, but ultimately it was the small-scale film that both professionals and amateurs used predominantly. The 24 x 36 mm rough format was the ideal compromise between image quality and compact camera. Even with current digital cameras, the decreases of the image sensors are based on the small picture format. Who does not have to look at the euro, buys a camera with full-format sensor. The format 24 x 36 has excessed the media change from the analog film to the digital image sensor quite unimpressed.
For a long time there were no equivalent alternatives to the fruhen leica models. Who in the middle of the last century needed a compact reportage camera, reached for leica. Photographers like henri cartier-bresson and robert capa put on leica cameras to create their later global photographs.