Leica Camera Precision engineering. World class lens technology. Form married with function. Leica cameras have become a collectors item.The first Leica prototypes were built in 1913. Inspired by mountain hikes, the engineers hoped the Leica could capture the breathtaking scenery from the peaks. For this, it needed to be lightweight and easy to use.The Leica went through several iterations and in 1923 a pre-production series of 31 cameras were sent to outside photographers to test. Though the prototypes received a mixed reception, production went ahead. It was an immediate success.