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KILFITT - The genius lens and camera maker you never heard of

Remember Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 classic Rear Window, the mother of all suspense films? The super long lens James Stewart is using in the iconic movie scene on his Exakta VX is a Kilfitt Fern-Kilar 400/5.6.


KILL-WHAT?
Heinz Kilfitt was born in Germany in 1898. He spent his early youth repairing watches and became famous designing the spring motor "Robot" cameras with a design that shocked the competition - even the folks at Leica.


The Kilfitt Company started in Munich, Germany in 1941 but in 1947 he founded the company Kamerabau-Anstalt-Vaduz in Liechtenstein, where they developed THE WORLD’S FIRST 1:1 MACRO LENS, the Kilfitt Makro-Kilar 3.5/40mm in 1955. There was no need for the bellows anymore - you could go from infinity to true macro just by rotating the lens barrel, almost 360 degrees.





His firm Kilfitt München (which employed more than 100 people) was also known for the innovative series of telephoto, and macro zoom (!) lenses from the 1950s and 1960s. Kilfitt was in 1…

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