It depends on the filter
Last edited by contaxable; 4th March 2008 at 09:21 PM.
Here's a snippet I found in a Leica forum (http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=009xN8), referring to a book:
So can you confirm that the above statement is wrong?Here's what Jonathan Eastland has to say about this:
"In a letter from Leica GmbH to the author, dated 27 April 1993, a company executive stated that neither Leica or Leitz ever smelt its own glass from raw materials for production purposes."
He goes on to explain that Leitz used to operate its own Glass Research Laboratory, but it was not for production purposes. The lab was for exploration of new glass types. Production glass is smelted to Leica's requirements by outside sources.
Reference: Jonathan Eastland, Leica M Compendium. Hove Books, 1994.
Leica has a factory in Singapore making elements, but whether is it for their lenses or not, I cannot comment. Leica's business is really big considering what they are doing, so this is something that I cannot answer you... also, that Leica letter was written in 1994.
It also appears to be accepted among Leica afficionados that some Leica lenses were actually designed and manufactured by Minolta (who in turn make/made their own glass). (Some of Leica's SLRs are also supposedly based on Minolta designs.) Coming to filters, I doubt a smallish company like Leica could afford to waste resources by making or possibly even processing their own filter glass (beyond maybe coating it and putting it in a mount), considering that this is pretty much a commodity item.
Last edited by LittleWolf; 16th December 2007 at 08:45 AM. Reason: Added info on Minolta/Leica cooperation
tried it once on one of my lens, no turning back ever since, all B+W or nothing.
But, nowadays I find that all B+W filters are pretty expensive. A 77mm UV (010 MRC) is selling around S$105 - S$115 these days compared to 2 years or so back then at S$85 - S$95 (correct me if I'm wrong).
Now, I'm also thinking twice whether or not to purchase at such price for the same kind of item.
Good filter than no more output because all filter up already (just jocking).
No such thing cheap than good...
You pay for their low production yield due to cutting glass and coating.
Go for B+W (expensive but ).
If dissapoint you than sell it to me.
Last edited by Boo...; 7th July 2008 at 02:36 PM.
haha im convinced - again (after i just bought another hoya filter)
i guess its still quite hard spending 2-3x for b+w
Recently changed to B+W for my 2 lenses....never regretted...as the other users all commented...ease of cleaning more than makes up for it
A 77mm 010 UV Haze MRC is selling at S$130+ nowadays you know? Anywhere to get it lower price then that? Pretty much difficult I think.