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  The History of VOIGTLÄNDER

Up until today, Voigtländer is a famous well-known brand of German photo history. The "pedigree", which already exists since 1756, shows a lot of famous products and inventions.

The modern photography with metal cameras was not only invented, but also considerably controlled for decades by Voigtländer.
Even today, Voigtländer offers an attractive and modern range of cameras, lenses and films to its clients and fans.

In case you need informations about older Voigtländer products, please take a look at the website of the specialized bookstore LINDEMANNS: www.lindemanns.de

1756 Foundation of the company by Johann Friedrich Voigtländer in Vienna
1763 Decree of protection by empress Maria Theresia
1797 Authorization of the country for fabrication of measuring devices
1807 Johann Friedrich Voigtländer extends optical manufacturing
1815 Imperial privilege for periscopic spectacles
1823 Imperial privilege for "dual-theatre-perspective" (lorgnettes)


Shortly after publication of the invention of photography in 1839, VOIGTLÄNDER
launches the first analytical calculated lens in the world (Prof. Petzval).
Tthen photography became practicable. Instead of 20-30 minutes
now only just 1-2 minutes exposure time!
1849 The first metal camera in the world is being produced!
Foundation of the branch office in Braunschweig, at that time the central junction of the new European rail network.
1868 Completion of the 10.000th Photo-Lens
1898 Peter Wilhelm Friedrich Voigtländer is ennobled by the Austrian Emperor and receives heritable knighthood
1925 Transformation of the family business into a stock corporation
1929 Schering AG., chemical factory and manufacturer of photographic material (films), acquires majority of shares. Now the photochemical products of Schering Ltd. are sold with the brand VOIGTLÄNDER.
1930 Expansion of serial production starts.
1931 The 6x9-cm-roll-film-camera BESSA establishes the market
1937 The 6x9-cm-roll-film reflex-camera BRILLANT increases the success
1939 Completion of the 2.000.000th lens
1953 The 35-mm compact camera VITO is a bestseller right from the start
1955 The 35-mm compact camera VITESSA sets new standards by any means of rapid film transport


Completion of the 4.000.000th lens


200th anniversary of the company

Schering AG sells its interests of the VOIGTLÄNDER AG to the Carl-Zeiss-Foundation

1959 The 35-mm compact reflex camera BESSAMATIC appears on the market
The VOIGTLÄNDER ZOOMAR, the first universal lens in the world with changeable focal distance for 35-mm compact cameras, causes a world-wide sensation
The DYNAMATIC, the first fully automatic 35-mm compact camera in the world with fully automatic programmed shutter, hits the headlines
The VITRONA is the first 35-mm compact camera in the world with built-in electronic
flash and sets new standards with it.
1972 Foundation of the Zeiss-Ikon/VOIGTLÄNDER - marketing company
1973 Carl Zeiss concern forfeits the manufacturein
1981  225 years of VOIGTLÄNDER
1982 Rollei takes over VOIGTLÄNDER and produces, in own factories in Singapore and Braunschweig/Uelzen VOIGTLÄNDER products again. With an own sales organization, the VOIGTLAENDER Ltd., a complete photo-equipment range is sold.

240 years of VOIGTLÄNDER

With the comedown of Rollei VOIGTLÄNDER is passed over to Plusfoto GmbH & Co possession.

1997 VOIGTLÄNDER is purchased by RINGFOTO GmbH & ALFO Marketing KG
1999 Voigtländer starts a new era with the relaunch of the BESSA L: The CLASSIC COLLECTION is highly valued by fans and experts and achieves best test judgements.
2006  250 years of Voigtländer
2008 Voigtländer introduces the Bessa III A 6x6 / 6x7 analogue camera for roll film.
2010 The first lens for MFT-cameras, the Nokton 25mm/F0,95, with its unique hight speed is being introduced.



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