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any on-line tours? photographs? reports? I've seen some stuff on line about Leica Germany, but I want to see Portugal, too.

 

or does it look like this:

photograph by ironchefbalara from flickr used under commons license (attributed)

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There are several forum members who have visited the plant, and I think they've published some pictures here. Very modern facility, of course. The workers have the same pride of being associated with the Leica name as do the Solmsianer. They have also come up with a number of innovations that have later been picked up by Germany.

 

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M9 assembly room.

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In case of any dust on the M9's sensor, now we know where it comes from

 

But they clean the dust off the sensor before the camera leaves the factory - you can see the process below.

 

 

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Just curious, which cameras and/or lenses does Leica manufacture in Portugal?

 

The basic bodies assemblies for the M series are fabricated in Portugal and are then sent to Germany for final assembly - which in the case of the M8/9 involves fitting the sensor, adjusting the rangefinder, making sure everything is in tolerance and working ok - probably also a lot of stuff I haven't mentioned.

 

The basic assembly of the R series also used to be done in Portugal before the range was dropped.

 

As far as I know all the lenses are made in Germany.

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any on-line tours? photographs? reports? I've seen some stuff on line about Leica Germany, but I want to see Portugal, too.

 

or does it look like this:

photograph by ironchefbalara from flickr used under commons license (attributed)

 

It was never look like that Photo!!:mad:

 

I have visited the factory in 2003 and I was impressed by the high-tec machinery, workers know-how and clean facilities.

In that year I put one article about my trip to Vila Nova de Famalicão factory near Oporto.

Here in Portugal we have so much pride to have one Leica factory, becuase it was the recognition of your very good hand-work.

Come to Portugal and see whit your yes!:eek:

 

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It was never look like that Photo!!:mad:

 

I have visited the factory in 2003 and I was impressed by the high-tec machinery, workers know-how and clean facilities.

In that year I put one article about my trip to Vila Nova de Famalicão factory near Oporto.

Here in Portugal we have so much pride to have one Leica factory.

 

As they made most of my M8 (and my M6?) in Portugal, I think you may be proud.

I´m very interested in your article - could you perhaps repost it here?

 

Thanks

Stefan

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As they made most of my M8 (and my M6?) in Portugal, I think you may be proud.

I´m very interested in your article - could you perhaps repost it here?

 

Thanks

Stefan

 

Stefan I put once more the article that I put in the older Forum.

I hope you and all forum members enjoy read it.

 

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How is the average wage for the workers? Are they trained in-house (for weeks? or like in Germany 3- 3 1/2 years?).

I'm surprised to hear about SMD-placement-machines - they told me the circuit boards are made elsewhere (at least for M8/9 and S2).

It's also a little bit confusing to read about machining of lens-elements and barrels. The barrels for the lenses are made by Weller (I think they're already in the Leitz-park) while the elements are made in Solms. Was it production for projection lenses/sportoptics (I think they were made in Portugal)?

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Final adjustments to the M9's rangefinder:

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