Leica might be the most polarizing camera brand among photographers, but I think most will agree that they're beautifully crafted machines. This lovely short film goes behind the scenes, giving an inside look at the manufacturing process and what goes into making a Leica camera.
The Leica M10 is a beautiful camera, and thank goodness shooting rangefinders gives me a headache, else I might find myself trying to justify purchasing one. And no matter which side of the Leica is brilliant/overrated argument you fall on, the precision manufacturing and aesthetic quality of the instrument is hard to deny. This short film from Richard Seymour documents the assembly process in Wetzlar, Germany. I have to admit that for a camera that is so famous for its precision, I was rather surprised by just how much hand assembly goes into the process, and it makes the final product all the more impressive to me. The entire thing is very futuristic and really gives one an appreciation for how intricate a machine a camera is. Also, given the extremely sterile conditions of the lab, I couldn't help but wonder what happens if someone has to sneeze. Surely, there must be a sneezing procedure.