Founded in Dresden, Germany in 1912 by Johan Steenbergen, a young man from the Netherlands, the company developed and produced many famous and innovative cameras, especially between its founding and the early 1960s.
Originally, the company was named Industrie- und Handelsgesellschaft (Industry and Trade Society) but later, the abbreviation IHG was written as it is pronounced in German: eehahgay. This pronunciation was incorporated in the official name. Ihagee has produced many camera types, some rather common but also some interesting models. In 1936, the Kine-EXAkta was the world’s first single lens reflex that used the now standard cine film and the 24×36 mm picture size. From 1939, the company was practically only producing the EXActa.