Now I have nothing against the Wirgin Edixa Reflex series of 35mm SLRs. However I think considering the cameras in the context of SLR development during the 60s one can potentially see the Edixa as symptomatic of the decline of the German camera industry. The first Edixa Reflex came onto the scene in 1954. It was the first West German SLR to use a focal plane shutter and the first to use the M42 mount. Prior to this the East Germans had dominated the miniature SLR scene - Exakta was first on the scene with a system SLR, Praktica came out with the first consumer grade SLR and popularized the M42 mount. The Contax D introduced pentaprism viewing. In the early years of miniature SLR development, the Wirgin Edixa Reflex stayed on the cutting edge. They adopted right handed lever advance from the start - Before Praktica, before Pentax. They adopted internally triggered automatic diaphragm operation at about the same time Praktica did (and years before Pentax finally adopted the system in 1960). The Edixa-Mat introduced the instant mirror return to the Edixa Reflex line in 1960, half a decade before Praktica and Exakta finally adopted the feature, and hot on the heels of the Japanese manufacturers... But then the innovation stopped. For various reasons the Edixa ceased to keep up with the latest and the greatest in SLR technology. Improvements were minor. The clip in viewfinders were dropped in favor of slide in viewfinders for instance. Wirgin attempted to introduce a proprietary bayonet mount, but that failed commercially. In 1966 they began to produced cameras with TTL metering, three years after Topcon introduced the concept commercially, and even after Pentax and Praktica began making TTL cameras. And even then, Edixa's implementation of TTL metering was backwards and old fashion -the meter did read through the lens, but the meter read out was on the top plate - not in the viewfinder! 1967 marked the last major update to the original line. The Prismat TTL was introduced. The meter needle was moved to inside of the viewfinder like one would have expected, and was triggered by holding down a lever on the front of the camera body. Pretty typical stuff. In 1968 the TTL was replaced by the LTL which introduced a more ergonomic meter switch, but otherwise is essentially the same camera. The LTL was the last Edixa model in production until 1971. It was replaced by the short lived Edixa Electronica TTL, a completely new camera - which though perfectly up to date for the time, cost too much to produce and sold poorly. Then that was it.