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external The Leica Was Originally Intended for Landscapes —BBC

[Oskar] Barnack had produced the first of his new generation cameras in 1914 [...] The lightweight, hand-held camera used 35mm cinema film; a custom-made lens ensured that prints from those small negatives could be blown up to a large scale. Barnack thought of his Leica as a camera that would be used for landscape and mountain photography. It was, but, with its compact dimensions and unrivalled performance, it quickly became a favourite of journalists.

 
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