Pentax — a Japanese Leica? Not really ...

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DAVID MANZE
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Re: Pentax — a Japanese Leica? Not really ...
In reply to earful, May 25, 2013

Hi,

The phrase "the poor man's Leica" originated during the second world war when Leica cameras were banned from sale in the US and other countries, this left the market open to the Russians who were already producing Leica copies, the Zorkis and the FEDs etc. and these cameras became known quite rightly as the poor man's Leica and they were exactly that. Expressions like "it's the Rolls Royce of "  or the american expression "it's a douzie" (sorry if I've spelt douzie incorrectly) became references to anything very well made, or top quality, at that time Pentax's lenses were gaining a good reputation for quality and some said they came close to matching the Leicas, so the expression was applied to Pentax based "uniquely" on their lenses, other than that there's little to link the brands.

So, is the Leica the Rolls Royce of cameras? or is it the Hassleblad that's the douzie?

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