Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/08

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Subject: [Leica] Zeiss Normal 50mm f/2 Planar T* ZM
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Thu, 08 Oct 2009 14:05:25 -0400

> My comment was to point out the fallacy of no fact based assumptions.
> We do not have any data that states Leica uses more expensive glass blanks
> than does Canon.
> Yes, we all believe that the volumes required, Canon blanks would be less
> expensive.  Even then, the cost of the glass hardly is $4800 more.
> Manufacturing efficiencies, QA/QC, labor costs (although Japan is not
> exactly a low cost manufacturing center,...), cost based accounting,
> marketing policies, and profiteering are the other part.
> Banal?  A M8  $12 Battery ( retail HK Price) costs $175 at Leica......More
> likely profiteering at hand here.... Leica does NOT make batteries..... it
> markets them.  It does make you wonder about he other products, that we 
> have
> no direct cost based comparison.....
> Frank Filippone
> red735i at

I think the glass types Leica uses can be found in patents and elsewhere.

Mark William Rabiner

In reply to: Message from red735i at (Frank Filippone) ([Leica] Zeiss Normal 50mm f/2 Planar T* ZM)