Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/25

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Subject: [Leica] Interview on Zeiss Ikon
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Mon Oct 25 08:52:33 2004

Especially as the marketing geniuses as Leica apparently decided some
time ago against offering Leica's world-class R glass in Nikon and Canon
mounts. And, for that matter, I wonder if it even crossed their minds to
work with Nikon and/or Canon to offer autofocus Leica lenses for the EOS
and F Nikon lines. DOH! What could I be thinking - doing something like
that would have brought far too much money into the Leica coffers.
Better to offer re leather, custom engraved, MP bodies... ;-)

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Frank Filippone
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 11:45 AM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: RE: [Leica] Interview on Zeiss Ikon

Glass makes money, bodies do not.  Keep in mind that Cosina is
"licensed" to make the lenses in Japan.  They are not German products.
This is only significant because Zeiss can only make money on lenses it
produces, and that means German production.  The 15 and 85 will make
them money, the others will add to the coffers, but to a much lesser

I think that if the Zeiss lenses ( German and Japanese) are good, there
will be a negative hit on Leica as users try out these new optics, and
forego Leica products.  Could be yet another problem for Leica's

Frank Filippone

I had the chance to handle the Ikon and lenses this weekend.  I wasn't
impressed with the body, seemed more like an R2 then a Leica, but the
lenses were something to behold.  Most noticeable were the aperture
which were in thirds from f/2-f/22.  The Hassy reps said they were going
to be 40% Leica prices.  I can't see the body being too much of a treat
to leica, but the lenses are another story, they are likely to be the
bread winners for the family.

Chris Saganich

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