Foundation of the company by Master Mechanic Valentin Linhof (1854 – 1929). Start of production and sales of metal circular leaf shutters. Gold Medal for Valentin Linhof’s shutter in Paris.

Illustration: Valentin Linhof


Construction of Valentin Linhof’s first all-metal camera based on the design of – Joseph Barth , a precision engineer from Munich using aluminium instead brass. The format 9 x 12 cm came in two versions: for plates and rollfilm. For the first time the camera was square. By rotating the groundglass screen the format coud be switched from upright to horizontal pictures without removing the camera from the tripod.


Patent for Valentin Linhof´s camera shutter being the first incorporated in a lens.