Leitz Binocle 6 x 18
A hundred years ago, the Ernst Leitz optical company began series production of its first binocular, known as the Binocle 6x18. Since 1907, what is now Leica Camera AG has constantly been developing new models. Leica's inventions include the first rangefinder, spotting scopes with an angled eyepiece and the use of ridge prisms. Even today, Leica remains the only company that offers binoculars with integral rangefinder and selectable magnification.
Ernst Leitz II, son of the man who gave his name to the company and ran it for many years, began production of the Leica camera in 1925. As a hunter, he was a keen observer of nature and knew all about the requirements for binoculars. Leitz and his hunting friends developed their own product ideas, many of which found their way into production. Today, Leica binoculars are used wherever there is a need for premium quality optical performance. The compact Leica Ultravid 10x25 and 8x32 BR models were the winners in a test conducted by the "Stiftung Warentest" consumer organization in Germany, both achieving a rating of "Excellent". To mark the centenary of field glass production, Leica Camera AG is organizing a traveling exhibition showing a selection of historic models.
There is a long and proud tradition of binocular production at Leica and the road to the current Leica Ultravid and Geovid models has included many notable milestones in binocular history. The picture shows production of binoculars at the Ernst Leitz plant in Wetzlar in 1913.