Leipziger Messe

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The Leipziger Messe is a trade fair, held since the 12th century in Leipzig, Germany. Before Photokina, the German camera industry showed its latest products at the fair. For several years there was a separate "Photo, Optik, Kino" or "Photo, Optik, Kino, Projektion, Feinmechanik" section.

1935 3 March - 10 March

Kochmann introduced the Reflex-Korelle.[1]

Photo-Kinomesse 1 March - 6 March 1936

Ihagee launched the Kine Exakta at the fair, considered "very remarkable" even at that time[2].

Photo-Kinomesse 1939

The fair was renamed the "Grossdeutsche Photo-Kinomesse", reflecting the "anschluss" of Austria in 1938. According to a contemporary report, due to previous perfected developments, new designs and implementations were not expected at the time. Instead, a rapid development related to color film photography was expected in the future.[3] Zeiss Ikon introduced the Tenax I (24x24mm), reported to benefit color photograpers, as you got 50 instead of 36 exposures and could save color film costs. Plaubel presented the Makina IIS and Roll-Op II. Ihagee launched the Exakta 6×6 and Beier the Beier-Flex II. KW presented the 6x6 Pilot Super and 35mm Praktiflex.[4]

Leipziger Messe 1940 3 March - 8 March 1940

The trade fair of 1940 was reported to have a strong export focus, with export purchases having few or no difficulties in deliveries. According to a contemporary report, for domestic deliveries, as far as they were not covered by a quota system, delivery times of up to 6-10 months were to be expected due to the start of the war. The offers of new products from the photographic industry was reported to be relatively limited, due to the engagement of the industry in the wartime economy. Both the floor area and number of exhibitors from the photographic industry is said to have been around 40% of the spring fair of 1939. Zeiss Ikon had a limited presence, showing some new product developments, including a 30cm F4 "Fernsonnar" for the Contax with the Flektoskop, the Ikophot light meter, the recently released Super Ikonta II with light meter and a new Sonnar 2,5cm F2 for the Movikon-K 8. Ihagee presented its Kine Exakta models, including a 7,5cm Biotar F1.5 lens said to be designed for theatre and variety performances. The recently launched Exakta 6x6 and VP Exakta were also shown. Curt Bentzin showed the new Primarflex, including a new Meyer Megon F2 lens. Amca-Kamera-Werk Berthold Altmann presented the Altiflex and Altiflex II SLR. Certo Camera Werk showed the Super Dollina and Dollina O. Korelle-Werk G. H Brandtmann & Co, previously Franz Kochmann (who was Jewish and had fled Germany), presented the Reflex-Korelle II and new Reflex-Korelle III with chrome-reinforced parts. Schneider-Kreuznach showed a new 8cm F2.8, noted for having only 6 glass-air surfaces with many benefits, including usage for color film. It was made available in both a Compur shutter design and a threaded design, which would support most 6x6 cameras. Plaubel presented a new Vacubliz flash synchronization contact and flash holder for the Makina IIS. Adox presented the recently released film ADOX-21 (sensitivity of 21/10 DIN). There were also many, many projection related products and accessories shown.[5]

Leipziger Messe 1941 2 March - 7 March 1941


  1. Jehmlich, Gerhard, "Der VEB Pentacon Dresden - Geschichte der Dresdner Kamera- und Kinoindustrie nach 1945" (2009), p. 43
  2. Der Photograph Nr. 21, 10 March 1936, p. 77
  3. Allgemeine Photographische Zeitung, März 1939 Nr. 3, p. 35-36
  4. Jehmlich, Gerhard, "Der VEB Pentacon Dresden - Geschichte der Dresdner Kamera- und Kinoindustrie nach 1945" (2009), p. 45, 47
  5. Photographische Industrie 13 March 1940