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Leica Camera History


“Project Red Stud” is a project about promoting a LEGO Leica product proposal to the IDEAS review, which requires 10k supporters. It can become reality with this final iteration, where three of the most iconic Leica cameras have been assembled to capture the history of Leica cameras. 

Ur-Leica (1914), also known as the “Original Leica”, was a prototype that revolutionized the landscape of cameras. This lilliput camera was my first Leica project on LEGO IDEAS. I built it with physical parts, after designing many digital versions, to make a LEGO interpretation of this mechanical masterpiece as accurate as I could manage. 

Leica IIIf (1950) is the Leica camera I happen to own, and it’s an iconic one at that, so I decided to recreate it with digital LEGO parts. A very similar version was featured in a separate LEGO IDEAS project that received good support and feedback. Speaking of feedback; just like the Ur-Leica, the shutter button is tactile.

Leica M6 (1984) is the most recent and popular camera in this lineup. A detail I wanted to capture is the texture, using a combination of rounded tiles and plates. Some mentionable features are that you can see through the viewfinder window and that the grey shutter button is replaceable, with a gold and a red alternative.

The accessories included are; two external viewfinders (Ur, IIIf), two external lenses (IIIf, M6), one lens cap (IIIf), one body cap (IIIf, M6), one camera roll (IIIf, M6), three shutter buttons (M6) and finally one universal Leica stand with dual finishes; red carpet and wooden.

Updates have been made to the cameras previously featured on LEGO IDEAS (Ur, IIIf): Minor design changes, the weight bricks have been removed, and the printed elements have been decreased to two for each camera - to make it a more balanced kit. In total, this product proposal includes 1191 parts, of which 7 are prints.

I think this would be an awesome set for camera- and gadget enthusiasts, and fans of Leica and LEGO. Both companies have - with the philosophy that just good isn’t good enough - managed to produce products that changed entire markets and inspired countless minds across generations.

Let’s capture this opportunity that is framed right in front of us; let’s promote this product proposal to the LEGO shelves. Feel free to post a comment and leave some feedback. I thank you for your attention and support. Have a creative day!

“Piece out,”
Pandis Pandus

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