Designed in Russia, made in... Germany? It's the Zenit M
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Designed in Russia, made in... Germany? It's the Zenit M

Leica and Zenit aren't necessarily names that you'd immediately associate, but hey, in the words of one Leica executive I talked to, "that's globalization for you!" In the latest sign that this ain't your Großvater's Leica, it is currently assembling the 24MP full-frame Zenit M rangefinder alongside the M10 at its Wetzlar plant in Germany. According to Russian news sources (thanks to reader 'ogl' for the tip) production will be limited to 500 copies, to be sold exclusively in Russia and Europe.

As far as division of labor is concerned, I'm told that Zenit was responsible for the external design, and everything else is done at Wetzlar.