The History of NOVOFLEX

How it all began in 1948, until today

Chronicle

Founded by Karl Müller Jr., Photographer and Photography shop owner

1948

Reproflex Reflex Housing for Leica cameras

1949

NOVOFLEX registered as brand name, Production of Reflex Housings for Leica and Contax cameras

 

 

1950

Panoramic Head with interchangeable division rings

1955

Development and production of the first NOVOFLEX Follow Focus Lenses

1956

Nesting Lenses 400 and 640mm

1960

Development and production of the Macro wide angle lens 1:3.5/35mm

1962

The Follow Focus Lens is replaced by version "B"

1965

Development and production of the first automatic bellows for the MINOLTA SR-T 101 for Minolta Camera, Japan

1967

Prism viewfinder with a exposure meter for the HASSELBLAD camera made by Hasselblad, Sweden

1972

Universal Lens Hood for 35mm SLR cameras

Universal Lens Hood for 35mm SLR cameras

1978

Development and production of the 200mm Rapid Focus Lens

1982

Development and production of the 60-300mm Rapid Focus Lens with Tamron Optics, Japan

1986

Development of automatic bellows for Canon EOS. First internal focusing Rapid Focus Lens 2.8/300 with Tamron-Optik

1987

Macro cold light source MAKL-150

1990

Development of the MiniConnect Quick Release

1994

Change in ownership and company name to NOVOFLEX Präzisionstechnik GmbH

1996

Development of the X-Act 1 and 2 Technical cameras for Rollei, Braunschweig, Germany

1997

Design Prize for MagicBall. Development and production of the “MagicBall Mini”

1998

A third MagicBall completes the set: “the UNIVERSAL”- MB 50

2001

Development of the professional ball head Classic Ball 5

2004

Development of the VR System PRO panoramic system for creating multi-row/spherical panoramas

2006

World premiere of the first 4 legged, modular tripod system “QuadroPod”

2008

Introduction of third party lens adapters for the MicroFourThirds camera system EISA Award in the category “Best Photo Accessory

2009

Development and introduction of the new and innovative TrioPod-tripod system

2013

CB2 comes "to life"

2014

Development of the first electronic lens adapters SL/EOS and SL/NIK for the Leica SL

2016

Introduction of the modular TrioPod PRO75

2017

NOVOFLEX celebrates its 70 year anniversary

2018

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