Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/05/17

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Subject: [Leica] Leica Geosystems vs. Leica the Camera
From: pwerner at (Peter Werner)
Date: Tue May 17 21:57:07 2005

Wild had already taken over Leica and changed its name to Leica.

The Kern Aarau company was taken over in 1988 by Leica Geosystems.

Kern did not go bankrupt, but there was nobody in the Kern family who
could take over. Wild then closed it down because it was a competition
to his own lines.


You will find a few more details on

In the town of Aarau the buildings of the Kern factory are now housing
an engineering college, they are still called "Kern buildings" and there
is still a big Kern-sign with the original logo on the roof.


A Google search on< a href=
&oe=utf-8> &sourceid=opera&num=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8> Kern Aarau</a> will
show more results




> -----Original Message-----

> From: [mailto:lug-

>] On Behalf Of Timothy

> Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 04:48

> To: Leica Users Group

> Subject: RE: Re: [Leica] Leica Geosystems vs. Leica the Camera



> > Historians please provide the correct details.

> > I recall that the other "Leica" names are from Leitz being bought

> > out or taken over by industrial optical firm named Wild. Wild

> > subsequently bought from bankruptcy company named Kern. Some of

> > us remember Kern from our Bolex movie camera days.


> I have a Kern Dagor lens for 8x10


> tim

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