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No, they've just got the contract to produce lenses for Zeiss. The ZE/ZF/ZK/ZS lenses and the ZM lenses which are made in Japan (not all ZM lenses are Cosina-built) are all Zeiss designs built to Zeiss QC at Zeiss direction. Zeiss chooses what gets made. Sony ZA's are somewhat similar, but are Zeiss designs produced at Sony's request and by Sony. IE Sony chooses what lens will be made, Zeiss does the design, Sony the manufacturing and Zeiss the QC. With Cosina it's Zeiss chooses the lens, does the design, Cosina builds it and then Zeiss does the QC.
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What I was saying has nothing to do with the Zeiss branded lenses, but thanks for the book.
From here: http://peat.org/cvfaq.html
Voigtländer was founded in 1756 in Austria, and started producing cameras in 1840. The Schering Gruppe took over the company in 1924, and sold it to Zeiss Ikon in 1956. In 1970, the company was fully absorbed by Zeiss, who then sold the camera making rights to Rollei in 1974. After a few years of neglect, RingFoto acquired the complete brand in the 1980s, and has been using it for various products (point and shoot cameras, film, accessories) in their retail stores.
In the late 1990's Cosina licensed the Voigtländer brand for its new line of manual SLRs, rangefinders, and lenses. Although...Show more →