In spring 2004, we visited the Beijing Photo Fair and supported our representative Fred Zhou on his large stand. As soon as the fair was over, we had to take the night train to Taiyuan to lack a suitable flight.
Almost the whole night through, we could not think of sleep. Instead, we discussed new products and philosophized about requirements and customer wishes.
Sitting on the night train's folding beds, we talked about a camera that was as simple and easy as possible: this idea and the enormous "courage for the gap" matured over the following months. At Photokina 2004, we discovered the "light-tight connection" from the aerial photo camera. The decision was clear: The new camera must be integrated entirely into the ALPA 12 system but reduced to the essential. It was a compact camera for traveling, so the name "Travel Compact" was evident.
Apart from the black anodized standard version a special series in silver color was produced. This version is sold out.