Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2011/06/14

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Subject: [Leica] Leica Prices may not be artificially high
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 03:35:50 -0400

When it comes to a things like a lens also beside tolerances and the fact
that it is made in much smaller amounts to the tune of few decimal points by
a small group of dedicated people instead of a large factory is also the
fact of the glass choices themselves. For each element as part of the design
and manufacturing the glass type chosen is at a level that mass market
stuff, Cosina for instance is just not going to begin to consider. Reason?
The price point they have in mind to sell the lens at. It just wouldn't bear
glass going into it at that cost.

And also also also  that not super high end glass they use is held together
not by brass or aluminum but by plastic. Real nice plastic though. But
plastic by any other name. its lighter! Just don't bump the lens against a
door jam going through the doorway.


Mark William Rabiner

> From: Richard Man <richard at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 00:21:18 -0700
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: [Leica] Leica Prices may not be artificially high
> There are a couple data points: the two Zeiss ZM lens that are made in
> Germany, the ZM 85/2 and the 15/2.8 are both listed at $3500-$4500, a
> striking distance within the Leica's. So really I guess you pay for what 
> you
> get - which is tight tolerance, high quality stuff.
> Besides, even the high end Nikon and Canon bodies are priced at 
> $6000-$7000,
> and in theory, most of the R&D there are funded by the lower priced bodies,
> not the high end ones.
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