Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/07

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Subject: [Leica] Zeiss Normal 50mm f/2 Planar T* ZM
From: joelct at (Joseph Low)
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 19:16:15 +0800
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Bearing in mind that Yashica/Kyocera was the first Japanese
JV partner of venerable Carl Zeiss 

Joseph / Singapore

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Douglas Sharp
Sent: Wednesday, 7 October, 2009 4:29 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: [Leica] Zeiss Normal 50mm f/2 Planar T* ZM

And what, pray, is so bad about Kyocera (aka Yashica) lenses?

In a relation performance to price, they knocked the socks off quite a few 
of the bigger manufacturers.

Their CY mount 2.8/55 Macro is close to being spectacular, and the 3.5/21mm 
is up there with the best. The 2.8/135 Zeiss (possibly Kyocera
- not sure) is also a superb lens.

Yashica's earlier fixed-lens RFs (GSN (1.7/45), 35 GX (1.7/40), etc.) 
delivered superb results, even wide open

Why does everybody still knock Yashica? - I grew up with their SLRs 
(Electro-X, FR, FX-D) and Contax SLRs (RTS, 137MD) long before I got my 
first Leica and always got great results.


Mark Rabiner wrote:
>> Although I now shoot Leica R8 and 9, I previously shot a lot with the 
>> Contax RX and RTSII.  The on-camera lens was always the Carl Zeiss 
>> Planar 50/1.4.  Back then Carl Zeiss Germany and Japan used Schott 
>> billets for their lens blanks.
> Except that there was no Carl no Germany you were shooting with a 
> Kyocera lens which is why it cost 200 bucks and not 2000.
> Mark William Rabiner
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