Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/04/21

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Subject: Re: [Leica] R8 serial number
From: John Collier <jbcollier@home.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 09:12:30 -0600

Personal I fell that Leica-users who think this were misassembled at the
factory...well maybe just dropped on their heads at an early age...

John Collier :-)

> From: CÚsar Bernardo <cesar.photo@clix.pt>
> 
> Ok Pascal, I Agree with your answer. I think the same...but I also know
> there are luggers, who think that leica products made in Portugal are
> different than products made at Germany.
> 
> 
> At 11:43 21-04-2001 +0200, you wrote:
>> 
>> of course you are right: there is no quality difference between Leica
>> products made at Solms and at Famalicao nowadays.
>> 
>> However, I believe that for many people, it is not so much a question of
>> quality (obviously not, since most subassemblies of M and R "made in
>> Germany" come from the Portuguese Leica plant, and so do the compact
>> binoculars and microscopes, plus lens subassemblies more recently), but
>> rather a immaterial issue: Leica is a German company, with roots firmly
>> established in German history. So, in a sense, it is logical that many
>> people highly covet the "made in Germany" seal. This has more to do with
>> sense of history and tradition than anything else.
>> 
>> To be honest: I also prefer Leica products "made in Germany" for this
>> reason. Not because products made in Portugal would be underachievers,
>> but for the above mentioned reason. If you buy Leica, you kind of expect
>> the "made in Germany", especially at the high price Leica is charging for
>> its products. But it won't prevent me from buying Leica items "made in
>> Portugal" (e.g. the R8 motorwinder and R8 motordrive have always been
>> made at Famalicao).
>> 
>> Most probably Leica is now shifting more and more of their production to
>> the Famalicao plant because of two reasons: cheaper (Portuguese labor
>> costs are, though higher than in the past, still less than German labor
>> costs) and lack of sufficient production capacity at Solms.
>>