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35mm lens that says Germany on body and Canada on the front?

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Can you post a pair of pictures ?  I have seen other examples of this kind of "illogical" writings.. (on M lenses) .and if I remember correctly they belong to a specific timeframe (half of 60's around) : my idea is that it was not a real manufacturing mistake (*), but a question related to the contemporary production of same items in both factories... maybe in the context of a gradual shifting... so some parts made in Wetzlar could have been sent to Ontario and some were already identified as "made in Germany" 

Probably "the truth was in the BOX"... 😎 : I think that what was written on the box ("Leitz Wetzlar" or "Leitz Canada") did reflect univocally the factory it went out from.  

Another possibility could be related to items sent for maintenance and spare parts used for this...but I tend to my first hipotesis.


(*) "GERMAY" is a mistake... it is documented somewhere... 😉

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Here are photos of the lens.  



Edited by drjho
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Made in Germany doesn't actually mean made in Germany. It means that a sufficient proportion of the production of the lens happened in Germany for it to qualify to be stamped with Made in Germany.

My own Summicron (which I think is also a Canadian one) is in storage so I can't say for sure. I think it's just a typical Leica anomoly, or possibly the lens was repaired at some point with different parts.

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Hello Drjho,

Welcome to the Forum.

Or, possibly the lens's glass components were made in Germany & it was assembled together with a lens mount made in Canada. In the Leitz plant in Midland Canada.

There  are also other possibilities. Leitz/Leica lenses, etc have many variations.

best Regards,


Edited by Michael Geschlecht
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We need to see the side of the lens showing the aperture and distance scale.

The front lens ref is 11215 and the body is 11217 .

This means that the lens parts have been substituted.

It is well worth noting that Leica work ethics would not allow such production practice.

A picture of the lend side could shed more light as the graphic typeface was revised.

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