leica lens made in japan?

Started Sep 26, 2011 | Discussions thread
snake_b
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Re: leica lens made in japan?
In reply to vk2109, Sep 26, 2011

For the record, I have a photo mag from 2007 or so, and it talks about the Leica/Panasonic connection (in relation to the DMC-L1) and it mentioned how Leica sources its glass from Panasonic for its lenses and it shouldn't be a surprise, since the glass raw materials of the highest quality are not available in Germany, but in Japan. Supposedly, German lens manufacturing in Japan has gone on for decades.

vk2109 wrote:
Well, it's a lens built by Minolta in Japan for Leica.

Leica factories are only Germany and Canada ...

http://www.leicapages.com/elmarit16R.html

porrsha wrote:

There is a 16mm 3 cam R lens on ebay for sale. It looks clean but it clearly says made in Japan! How many lenses, if any, did Leica make in Japan?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649&item=350481276982&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT

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