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Leica Elmar TL 11-23mm issue

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Folks, anybody knows what is E. Leitz's  problem with this lens?  Is it a design, manufacturing or high demand issue? 

 

Thanks  for the feedback.

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I am wondering the same - why the severe shortage of 11-23 and 55-135 lenses?

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It seems to be available in Europe - no idea why its so rare elsewhere.

I have heard it is made in batches by a third party for Leica, so I guess they are dependent (a) on batch size and (b) how flexible the contract with the third party is for increasing production.

Yes, I was told (by a prominent Leica dealer) there was a problem with a machine at Wetzlar that worked on the lens glass elements, but that was a while ago, and I have no idea if that affected lenses made my a third party.

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2 minutes ago, LocalHero1953 said:

It seems to be available in Europe - no idea why its so rare elsewhere.

I have heard it is made in batches by a third party for Leica, so I guess they are dependent (a) on batch size and (b) how flexible the contract with the third party is for increasing production.

Yes, I was told (by a prominent Leica dealer) there was a problem with a machine at Wetzlar that worked on the lens glass elements, but that was a while ago, and I have no idea if that affected lenses made my a third party.

Thank you for that info.

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Success. CL did not exist before. 

But today, every CL should have a 11-23 and a 55-135

Leica did not forecast such demand  

 

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Good for you Amy, let us know your thoughts once you’ve put them thru their paces.

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Got the camera and lenses weeks ago and haven’t had a chance to use them. Terrible timing for me. I hope life calms down a little so I can enjoy photography again. 🙃

Amy

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