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Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by lovemyoly, Oct 12, 2012.
Does Pasnasonic make Lumnix lenses or do they use another maker?
They're made by Panasonic employees in Panasonic factories. Same as Nikon or Canon ones are made by those respective companies.
It is worth noting that lenses are occasionally sourced elsewhere. A handful of Sony lenses are of Tamron origins.
Sony makes all lenses and sensors in the world, except for the lenses and sensors made by someone else.
It should also be noted that micro four-thirds lenses branded as Leica are Leica designs but made by Panasonic employees in Panasonic factories with Leica quality control and supervision.
If only that were true! They are Panasonic designs that have gained approval to carry the Leica brand name in return for payment of a substantial royalty.
They don't even begin to compare in optical and build quality to Leica-designed and -manufactured lenses for Leica M rangefinder cameras. They are simply not in the same class.
Some truths in both of these remarks.
The lens is designed by Panasonic according to Leica specifications. Leica also asks for strict QA standards for Panasonic to use the Leica brand. The manufacturing process of these lenses are in fact overseen by Leica technicians.
Panasonic G3 Review
Check bottom of the page for details of the PL 25.
Don't you know about the "LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH"?!? Digital Interchangeable Lenses | PRODUCTS | LUMIX | Digital Camera | Panasonic Global
LOL everytime I see that pretentious name I crack up.
Darn, I was thinking Keebler Elves!
Is there any available testing data that confirms that Panasonic lenses are "simply not in the same class" as Leica M lenses? It's hard to compare across formats and platforms, but the limited data I've seen suggests that Leica lenses are generally quite good, sometimes best-in-class (sometimes not), but that they are not "super lenses" on any measurable basis, and very much "in the same class" as excellent lenses from other manufacturers.
Uh Oh, "stuff" just got real!
How dare thee blaspheme all holy Leica-ness!
I don't think there's any doubt among people who have used Leica-branded micro four-thirds lenses that they are quite good - even excellent. Whether they are in the same class as Leica's M lenses, I can't say. Frankly, it doesn't even matter to me because I am both unable and unwilling to pay that kind of money for glass.
I was under the impression that Leica-branded lenses for Panasonic's point-and-shoot cameras were Panasonic designs manufactured the way you describe. But you may be right about the micro four-thirds designs.
I'm not at all impressed with Leica equipment and their exuberant prices. I'll take Japanese craftsmanship any day. Just like this comparison!
Katana vs Longsword:
I'm just a little confused by the way that Panasonic have splashed the Leica brand name across all manner of compact camera lenses, yet have used it only twice in their flagship system camera range.
A little help on the statement...
Would you please help me out with the data supporting the assertion about "They are simply not in the same class."
I haven't seen the side by side testing samples and reviews you are referring to.
And on the reciprocal, we've seen nothing that supports them both being in the same class....
"Real" Leica shots below
I can see the difference.....
I want Japanese Katana and European steel armour.