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Rich Silfver
09-22-2003, 22:21
Is the Leica A considered the world's first Rangefinder camera if you take into consideration the range-finder attachment that was made available for this camera - or was there a rangefinder camera prior to the Leica A?

jdos2
09-23-2003, 05:02
Rangefinder camera? Graphic's had rangefinders in the teens, so I'd say no.

NVARon
09-23-2003, 16:38
Actually the first camera which included a rangefinder was a Kodak Autographic Special around 1917. Not all of the Autographic Specials had a rangefinder, but several models did.

Rich Silfver
09-23-2003, 21:35
NVARon, thanks for that information. It's about ten years earlier than I thought the rangefinder functionality was introduced.

SolaresLarrave
12-03-2003, 17:55
If you want to take a look at it, you can find it in the "Rangefinder" book by R. Hicks & Frances Schultz. Must have been quite a feat to carry that camera around... :)