West-German camera producer Wirgin, based in Wiesbaden, was founded in 1920. In 1954, they introduced their first PP SLR, the Edixa Reflex. (They had made a waist level slr camera under the name Komet in 1953, but they had to rename it, as others claimed
the right to the name.) With the growing interest in this new type of cameras, the Edixa sold well in West Europe. The Edixa Reflex, shown under in model A, featured world's first winder lever to the right, an M42 screw mount, and an interchangeable prism
house. There is also a model B of 1957, featuring a semi-automatic aperture control, before any of the Japanese brands! (But after the East-Germans.) Still, the European brands did not follow the Japanese in the technical development during the
60s, and Edixa met increasing problems until they finally ended production in 1971. But I would say that Edixas PP SLRs were the best of West-German cameras in terms of technical awareness, not following the dead end leaf shutter, for example, and
also being first among German cameras to feature the vital Instant Return Mirror.