Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/03/25

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Subject: [Leica] Another ZM lens on the horizon
From: marcsmall at (Marc James Small)
Date: Tue Mar 25 13:19:18 2008
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At 08:39 AM 3/25/2008, Marty Deveney wrote:
 >Let&#8217;s not forget that Zeiss has a long history of out-sourcing
 >lens manufacture and components.  Voigtl?nder, Bausch & Lomb, Ross,
 >Koristka, Krauss, Kodak and Schneider Kreuznak have all made lenses
 >and lens components for Zeiss.

Well, not so fast there, big guy!

B&L and Krauss held national Zeiss agencies and 
both acquired Zeiss property rights during the 
First World War.  JSK provided a small number of 
lenses not to Zeiss itself but to the parallel 
Zeiss Ikon company, and that only between 1947 
and 1950.  Rodenstock and Voigtl?nder and ISCO 
and Steinheil all provided lenses to Zeiss Ikon, 
again, not to Zeiss, which were badged with names such as Pantar and Dominar.

I am not aware that any of the firms you list 
ever made lenses directly for Carl Zeiss Jena or 
for Zeiss-Opton/Carl Zeiss or provided those 
cncerns with any lens elements on a regular basis.

Of course, the three Contax IV camera bodies 
produced as test models in the middle 1960's were 
equipped with Voigtl?nder Nokton lenses but, 
again, this was a Zeiss Ikon project and, in any 
event, Voigtl?nder und Sohne by then was owned by 
the same charitable foundation which also owned Zeiss Ikon and Carl Zeiss.

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In reply to: Message from freakscene at (Marty Deveney) ([Leica] Another ZM lens on the horizon)