leica lens made in japan?

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porrsha Contributing Member • Posts: 685
leica lens made in japan?

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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vk2109 Senior Member • Posts: 2,321
Re: leica lens made in japan?

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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porrsha OP Contributing Member • Posts: 685
Re: leica lens made in japan?

thanks..I had forgotten about that connection

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David_C_NC New Member • Posts: 18
Re: leica lens made in japan?

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

You got a great response from VK2109.Two of the three Leica lenses I own are actually Schneider Glass,but Leica put their name on them.

That is still a great lens with very little distortion and with technology today you can take the distortion out of the shot for the most part I believe.One of the guys I assisted for back in the day had one in his case and if kept level it was amazing.
Overpriced a bit it seems,but hard to find I bet you....

Rick Lade Regular Member • Posts: 145
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Just to add my two cents to this, I had a Leica 80-200/4 zoom that I used on my Digilux 3 that was made by Kyocera. Fantastic lens...wish I still had it. Built like a tank and wonderful to use.

porrsha OP Contributing Member • Posts: 685
Re: leica lens made in japan?

What are the 2 lenses that are actually Schneider glass?

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snake_b Veteran Member • Posts: 4,680
Re: leica lens made in japan?

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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bosjohn Veteran Member • Posts: 4,890
Re: leica lens made in japan?

there were rumors around back the that one of the lenses minolta was supplying Leitz with was not even made by minolta but rather a third party Japanese lens maker. I have never been able to find any truth to this rumor but it does boggle the mind to think you may have had a rebadge kiron on your precious m3
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David_C_NC New Member • Posts: 18
Re: leica lens made in japan?

porrsha wrote:

What are the 2 lenses that are actually Schneider glass?

21mm F3.4 & F4 Super- Angulon

I inherited the camera , those two lenses and a 50mm 1.2 Noctilux.I also got his Retina reflex III outfit which does not work anymore.

paulhofseth Regular Member • Posts: 162
Re: leica lens made in japan?

schneider also made the 10mm f 1.8 cinegon for leitz and in the schneider production number protocols the focotars turn up.

David_C_NC New Member • Posts: 18
Re: leica lens made in japan?

paulhofseth wrote:

schneider also made the 10mm f 1.8 cinegon for leitz and in the schneider production number protocols the focotars turn up.

That I did not know.They are old ,but sharp even if not exceedingly fast by today's standards.Thanks for the information....

ehazera Senior Member • Posts: 2,309
Re: leica lens made in japan?

Made by Sigma.

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jedinstvo Senior Member • Posts: 1,914
Japanese lenses were made to Leica specs

There's nothing wrong with Minolta lenses, that's for sure. But the lenses made by Minolta for Leitz were made to Leica specs. In addition to the 16mm they made an 80-200 Elmar zoom. I used to have the zoom and it was excellent. I'm not aware of any M lenses made in Japan. What's interesting is the lenses Leica makes for the Japanese market. For example, there is a big contingent of S-mount fans in Japan. For them Leitz has built Summicron and Summilux ASPH lenses. So you can put a very modern lens on your Luftwaffe IIIc Kalt.

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