100 best gadgets ever: The Engineering Age

Leica I (1925)

The first mass-produced 35mm camera paved the way for generations of hobby photographers to invite the neighbours round for nibbles and see slides of them amusingly holding a finger on top of the Eiffel Tower.  The original Leica I (A) had a custom fitted lens with a distinctive ‘hockey stick’ lock, but interchangeable lenses were introduced on the Leica I (C) in 1930.

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