Voigtländer is a well known camera maker within the german photo industry. Founded in 1756, and maker of the world's first all-metal photo camera and also of some of the most iconic lenses.

1756 Founded in Vienna by Johann Friedrich Voigtländer.

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).

1840 Shortly after publication of the invention of photography in 1839, Voigtländer launches the first analytical calculated lens in the world (Prof. Petzval). Then 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.

1862 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.

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.

1956 Completion of the 4.000.000th lens.

1958 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.

1963 The DYNAMATIC, the first fully automatic 35-mm compact camera in the world with fully automatic programmed shutter, hits the headlines.

1965 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.

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.

1996 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.

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