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Leica

Dating from 1849 when Carl Kellner founded an Optics Institute in Wetzlar, Germany, Leica and its rangefinder cameras played a huge part in the popularising of 35mm film. It prides itself on the build quality of its cameras and optical excellence and its prices reflect the company’s high status.

Leica’s move into digital photography was a little lacklustre but the issues have largely been ironed out and it now has an impressive line-up of digital cameras that includes the black-and-white-only Monochrom, a full-frame compact camera (the delightful and in high demand Q) and medium format models. Leica also continues to produce film cameras and has recently branched into the instant camera market.