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

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Subject: [Leica] Interview on Zeiss Ikon
From: telyt at (Douglas Herr)
Date: Mon Oct 25 09:39:11 2004

B.D. was referring to AF lenses.  I can understand why Leica would reject 
the idea of offering the lenses in the Nikon F manual-focus mount since 
Nikon's future, and the vast majority of their sales at present, is AF.  
There just isn't a big enough market for new high-end Nikon MF lenses.  I 
suspect the Nikon MF world is populated to a large degree by people who are 
looking for a bargain (and finding GREAT bargains).

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Gandy <>
Sent: Oct 25, 2004 9:31 AM
To: Leica Users Group <>
Subject: Re: [Leica] Interview on Zeiss Ikon

it is my understanding that the patent on the Nikon manual focus lenses has 

I had about six discussions with CEO Cohn over four years on this topic.  He 
told me Leica rejected the idea.


Douglas Herr wrote:

> "B. D. Colen" <> wrote:
> > 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.
> According to the late Sal DiMarco, not only did Leica think of this, they 
> approached both Nikon and Canon and were rejected by both.  It makes 
> sense... why would Canon or Nikon want competition for their high-end (and 
> high-profit) lenses?
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
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