The following excerpt from the British Journal of Photography from 1890 shows how far reaching the introduction of the Leica was just a few years later.
“It is granted that hand cameras are indispensable for such as street views, or on the beach, or on shipboard, but they are decidedly out of place for use as picture producers. Therefore let us oppose all attempts to popularize the use of hand cameras at our photographic outings, the high standard of pictorial excellence to which landscape photography has attained being in great danger of reduction by the use and abuse of hand cameras.”
R. P. Drage, British Journal of Photography, vol. 37, 1890; p. 565.