Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/08/01

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Subject: Re: Leica-Users List Digest V1 #572
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 11:58:42 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 97-07-31 03:04:09 EDT,

<< The really important thing to bear in mind about Zeiss is that they simply
 cut very few compromises and pay little heed to economic realities:  thus,
 they produce superbly made, superbly designed lenses at
 heart-palpitation-inducing prices.  But, when you want THE very best, well,
 Zeiss is there.
 Let me finish with a caveat:  historically, Leitz and Zeiss designed their
 lenses to rather different standards.  This has changed recently, and the
 newer Leica glass is being designed and produced to standards which now
 make a direct comparison more productive than in the past.

Are you saying that Zeiss glass generally is better than Leitz glass or what?
 What are the different standard that they designed their glass to in the
past.  I thought that they were designed with generally the same design
characteristics.  Please enlighten us.