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Old Oct 3, 2003, 3:04 PM   #1
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Default Leica lenses in Lumix cameras

In other forum's threads someone tells that Lumix lenses are not manufactured by Leica (manufactured by canon) and are only branded by Leica.

It sounds me strange, but,
Is it true?

Panasonic Bob can clear up this? if there's something to clear up...
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Old Oct 3, 2003, 5:58 PM   #2
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That's a subject of debate with the Sonys (also using Leica branded lenses).

I can remember when the Sony S70 came out, the lens on the Toshiba PDR-M70, Sony DSC-S70, Epson PhotoPC 3000z, and Casio QV-3000EX appeared to be identical, and made by Canon (even though the Sony's lens said Leica on it).

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...message=394346

At the time, "Leica Designed, but made in Japan" seemed to be the wording you heard most often.

I've seen posts from time to time indicating that the glass and coatings actually come from Leica, with Leica Engineers doing quality inspection, etc. (as far as the Sonys).

As for the Panasonics, I haven't seen any speculation to speak of.
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Old Oct 3, 2003, 7:20 PM   #3
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That's a subject of debate with the Sonys (also using Leica branded lenses).

I can remember when the Sony S70 came out, the lens on the Toshiba PDR-M70, Sony DSC-S70, Epson PhotoPC 3000z, and Casio QV-3000EX appeared to be identical, and made by Canon (even though the Sony's lens said Leica on it).

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...message=394346

At the time, "Leica Designed, but made in Japan" seemed to be the wording you heard most often.

I've seen posts from time to time indicating that the glass and coatings actually come from Leica, with Leica Engineers doing quality inspection, etc. (as far as the Sonys).

As for the Panasonics, I haven't seen any speculation to speak of.
but Sony uses Zeiss lens !
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Old Oct 5, 2003, 7:21 PM   #4
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geez --- I must've had "one too many" when I made the post.
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Old Oct 6, 2003, 8:16 AM   #5
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I believe the lenses are made in japan according leica specifications and quality control..... so effectively they are Leica lenses. A pritty common arrangement in industry.
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Old Oct 6, 2003, 9:14 AM   #6
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product cobranding is commom.
it is a true leica lens it it says "made in Weztlar, Germany. anything is is licenced product made to spec.

Contax/Zeiss was originally a German Manufacturer now pretty much a Yashica/Kyocera product today.

http://www.contaxcameras.co.uk/history.asp

both leica and zeiss codeveloped products that ended up in minolta cameras. the Leica/minolta CL and the Maxxum 7000

is getting excited about having the Zeiss or Leica name on a japanese digicam really needed. it helps marketing people but does in really improve the product?
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Our lens are Leica lens. They design the lens to our mechanical specifications and we marry ourtechnology to their lens. Again, so much speculation tends to cloud the issue and often leads to inaccurate conclusions.
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so your saying the lenses are leica leitz, wetzlar glass?
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Old Oct 14, 2003, 2:41 PM   #9
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The Leica Minilux is also manufactured by Panasonic. It too has a Leica designed lens wuith Leica QC. The reputation of the Minilux's lens is that it is in the same quality leaque as Leica M lenses.
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Do note that the spech sheet that was sent to me indicates that the lens on the DMC FZ 10 not only has aspheric elements, but also has an element that uses ED glass!
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