Prominent (35mm)

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See also the earlier Prominent (6×9cm folder).

The Voigtländer Prominent is a leaf shutter rangefinder camera featuring interchangeable lenses, certainly the first of this type.[1] It was introduced by German manufacturer Voigtländer in 1950, in competition with Leicas and Contaxes, and withdrawn in 1960.

The Prominent was upgraded in 1956 — adding lever wind[2].

The replacement Prominent II was introduced in 1958. This had a redesigned top-plate, and the viewfinder had bright-lines for 35, 50, 100 and 150mm lenses.


  • Manufacturer: Voigtländer
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Film: 35mm
  • Shutter: Synchro-Compur or Compur-Rapid
  • Lens: (standard): Ultron 50mm/f2 or Nokton 50mm/f1.5 (interchangeable)


  1. According to UK The first 35mm leaf shutter camera with interchangeable lenses was the 1947 Akarette by Apparate & Kamerabau, but it has no rangefinder.
  2. McKeown.