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| p.5 #16 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com) |
My personal theory is that in ye olden days Zeiss had much tighter control over the manufacturing process, but today they are made by Cosina, which is not in the same caliber as Zeiss, or Leica for that matter. Thus I expect that the redesign was primarily to yield a design which is more robust in the face of lower tolerances, and that Zeiss strove to maintain the look of the old lens, with better coatings, not to make any particular "improvements", which could just as easily have destroyed what makes this lens so loved.
This reflects nothing of the reality of manufacturing. The reference to Cosina in relation to Zeiss and Leica is also lacking and sounds more of football.
The reference to Leica's 10 times tighter tolerances ...no thats fluff. The tolerances are related to the advances in design, materials, skills and processes and they are not the property of Leica, again you are thinking football.
Ye olden days had a romance thats all, romance is not built into a product that is the fancy of the owner. I recall the sadness amongst Leica owners when the sewing machined shutters were no longer made by little old ladies named Gran. I think its best that we stick to what we know best ...the weather.
(says Manufacturing Engineer that predicts rain tomorrow)
Edited on Mar 14, 2011 at 10:03 PM · View previous versions