View Full Version : The world's first RangeFinder Camera

Rich Silfver
09-22-2003, 23:21
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?

09-23-2003, 06:02
Rangefinder camera? Graphic's had rangefinders in the teens, so I'd say no.

09-23-2003, 17:38
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, 22:35
NVARon, thanks for that information. It's about ten years earlier than I thought the rangefinder functionality was introduced.

12-03-2003, 18:55
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... :)