Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] The red C: Yet Another Nikon "Borrowing"
From: Marc James Small <>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 11:59:51 -0500

Carl Zeiss started a trend by their use of the red "T" when they began
marketing coated lenses in the 1930's;  Kodak and Wollensak followed suit,
as did Schneider.  When Nikon looted the Zeiss lens designs, they
"borrowed" as well the Zeiss Smakula coating process and marked their
lenses as coated with the red "C".  (The Soviets did, as well, with a red
Cyrillic "P".)

And then Zeiss, that ultimate optical trend-setter, initiated yet another
tendency:  in hommage to minimalism, they ceased using the red "T" when
they changed to the "Carl Zeiss" name from the interim "Zeiss-Opton" brand
on 1st October 1953.  By that time, virtually all Zeiss lenses were coated.

Jena almost immediately followed suit, as did the Americans.  Nikon and the
Soviets lingered on for four or five years but, finally, adopted Zeiss's
lead, once more.

The history of photography can be most interesting!

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