Photographic Equipment Makers

Camera and Lens Manufacturers

This list of photographic equipment makers, lists companies that manufacture (or license manufacture from other companies) equipment for photography. Note that producers whose only presence in the photo industry at any time has been the manufacture of digital cameras (Logitech, for example, which has made Webcams) are listed separately on the List of digital camera brands. There is not a very clear distinguishing line between camera producers and lens producers; many companies do both, or have done both at one time or another.

Some camera manufacturers sell lenses made by others as their own, in an OEM arrangement. Some camera makers design lenses but outsource manufacture. Some lens makers have cameras made to sell under their own brand name. A few companies are only in the lens business. Some camera companies make no lenses, but usually at least sell a lens from some lens maker with their cameras as part of a package. Note that many optical instruments such as microscopes, telescopes, spotting scopes and so forth can be used as photographic lenses; manufacturers of these types of equipment are not included here (unless they also make more conventional photo gear).

Current manufacturers of cameras and/or photographic lenses and filters

  • Alpa (name used under license; original company extinct)
  • Andor
  • Angenieux
  • ARCA Swiss
  • Arnold & Richter (see Arri)
  • Arri
  • Asahi (see Pentax)
  • BELOMO
  • Bender Photographic
  • Bolex
  • B+W Filterfabrik (owned by Schneider Kreuznach).
  • Cambo
  • Canham
  • Canon
  • Casio
  • Century Precision Optics (owned by Schneider Kreuznach)
  • Cokin
  • Cooke
  • Cosina
  • Dallmeyer
  • Ebony
  • FantaSea
  • Folmer and Schwing
  • Fotoman
  • Formatt
  • Franke & Heidecke (see Rollei)
  • Fujifilm
  • Fujinon (see Fujifilm)
  • Gandolfi
  • General Brand
  • Goko
  • Gowland
  • Harrison & Harrison Optical Engineers, Inc.
  • Hartblei
  • Hasselblad
  • Heliopan
  • Hitech Filter
  • Holga
  • Horseman (part of Komamura Corporation)
  • Hoya (part of THK Corporation)
  • Kern
  • Kiev-Arsenal
  • Kino Precision (makers of Kiron and Vivitar Series 1 lenses)
  • Kenko (distributed in USA by THK Corporation)
  • Kodak
  • Komura Corporation (also owns Horseman)
  • Krasnogorsky Mekanicheski Zavod (also known as KMZ, makers of Zorki and Zenit cameras)
  • Lee Filter
  • Leica
  • Lensbabies
  • Linhof
  • Littman
  • LOMO (Leningradskoye Optiko Mechanichesckoye Obyedinenie)
  • Mamiya (announced sale of camera business May 2006; future production uncertain)
  • Marumi
  • MegaVision
  • Minox
  • Nihon Optical (see Nikon)
  • Nikon
  • Noblex
  • Old Delft
  • Olympus
  • Panasonic
  • Panon (see Widelux)
  • Pentax
  • Plaubel
  • Polaroid
  • Rodenstock
  • Rollei
  • Ross
  • Sailwind
  • Samsung
  • Seagull Camera
  • Schacht
  • Schneider Kreuznach
  • Shen-Hao
  • Sigma
  • Silvestri
  • Sinar
  • Singh-Ray
  • Soligor
  • Sony
  • Steinheil
  • Sunpak
  • Sun
  • Tachihara
  • Tamron (controlled by Sony)
  • Tanaka
  • Taylor, Taylor and Hobson (now known as Cooke)
  • Tiffen
  • Toho
  • Tokina (part of THK Corporation)
  • Toyo
  • Voigtländer (name used under license; original company extinct)
  • Walker
  • Widelux
  • Wisner
  • Wista
  • Wratten see Tiffen (makes the products) and Kodak (owns the brand)
  • Wray
  • Zeiss (Zeiss-Ikon product line)
  • Zenit see KMZ
  • Zorki see KMZ
  • Zuiko see Olympus

Former producers of film cameras who now exclusively make digital cameras

  • Kyocera (as of 2005, only photo production is cellphone cameras)
  • Polaroid
  • Redlake Laboratories
  • Ricoh
  • Sanyo

Former producers of cameras and/or photographic lenses and filters

  • Agfa
  • Aires  Altissa  Ansco
  • Arco
  • Carl Braun camera-werk
  • Bronica
  • Contax
  • Corfield (maker of the Corfield Periflex 35mm cameras)
  • Coronet Camera Company
  • Balda
  • Otto Berning Gmbh. (Made the Robot)
  • Bell & Howell
  • Bolsey
  • Chinon
  • Deardorff
  • Druopta
  • Ducati
  • FED
  • Ferrania
  • Franka
  • C. P. Goërz
  • Graflex
  • Honeywell
  • Houghton Butcher (maker of Ensign cameras)
  • Ihagee
  • Ilford (still produces film and chemicals)
  • Kawanon
  • Kershaw
  • Keystone (126 and 110 Cameras with Built in flash, Movie Cameras)
  • Kiron Lenses
  • Konica
  • Konishiroku (see Konica Minolta)
  • Konica Minolta (as of 2006 may still manufacture on an OEM basis for Sony)
  • Kowa (still produces many optical products such as binoculars)
  • Leitz (formerly owned Leica)
  • Leidolf
  • Leotax
  • Lord see Okaya
  • Meopta (still produces many optical products)
  • Minolta
  • Micro Precision Products
  • Miranda
  • MPP (see Micro Precision Products)
  • Nicca
  • Nimslo (4 lens 35mm 3D camera)
  • Norita
  • Okaya
  • OPL
  • Orion see Miranda
  • Pentacon (Praktica)
  • Perkin Elmer
  • Petri Founded 1907 as 'Kuribayashi Camera Works'
  • Robot See Otto Berning
  • Steinheil
  • Suzuki Optical
  • Tanaka
  • Tessina
  • Thornton-Pickard
  • Topcon (still manufactures optical instruments
  • )
  • Tokyo Optical see Topcon
  • Tower (a house brand of Sears Roebuck)
  • Vivitar
  • Walz
  • Wollensak
  • Wray
  • Yashica
  • Zenza see Bronica
  • Zunow

List of camera accessory makers

  • Adorama
  • Benbo
  • Benro
  • Beseler
  • Billingham Bags
  • Bowens
  • Brandess-Kalt-Aetna Group -- BKA
  • Crumpler
  • CTS Safe Voltage Syncs
  • Domke
  • Etsumi
  • General Brand
  • Gitzo
  • Hakuba
  • Hama
  • Harrison & Harrison Optical Engineers, Inc.
  • Lowepro
  • Manfrotto Group
  • Meopta
  • Leaf
  • Metz
  • Micro Precision Products
  • MPP (see Micro Precision Products)
  • OP/Tech
  • Panasonic
  • Polaroid
  • Sigma
  • Slik
  • Sunpak
  • SRB
  • Tamrac
  • Tiffen
  • Triopo
  • Velbon
  • Vivitar
  • Zing
  • Zoerk

List of film manufacturers

Current

  • Banse and Grohmann GmbH (unclear what they manufacture themselves, and what is repackaged. They use the brand name Wephota)
  • Efke (including the old ADOX formulas)
  • Foma (including Paterson brand)
  • Forte (including Classic Pan and Bergger brands)
  • Ferrania (including the Solaris brand)
  • Fujifilm
  • GigabitFilm (based on an Agfa microfilm)
  • Ilford Photo (went bankrupt in 2004, but reorganized and restarted production)
  • Kodak
  • Lucky
  • Maco (as of 2005 often packaged and marketed as Rollei brand film)
  • Svema
  • Tasma

Former

  • AgfaPhoto (bankrupt; remaining film stocks being liquidated. Former parent company, Agfa still exists)
  • Imation (formerly part of 3M), (sold x-ray business to Kodak, still film division now Ferrania makes other products
  • )
  • Konica (merged with Minolta, exited film business in 2005)
  • ORWO (bankrupt 1995, Trademark sold to two different companies. Motion Picture stock now made by Filmtec, processing business sold to another firm.)
  • Polaroid
  • Sakura (see Konica)
  • Tura Film AG (bankrupt March 2005)

List of semiconductor sensor makers and/or designers

Sensor types CCD, CMOS, NMOS, PMOS
  • Canon
  • Dalsa (formerly part of Philips)
  • Fill Factory, now part of Cypress Semiconductor
  • Foveon
  • Fujifilm, designers of the Super CCD
  • Kodak
  • Matsushita
  • Nikon (designs, but as of 2006 does not yet fabricate
  • )
  • Photobit, a spinoff of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), now owned by Micron Technology
  • Sony

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