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Re: [Rollei] Why the 6-element lens for 3.5Fs
- Subject: Re: [Rollei] Why the 6-element lens for 3.5Fs
- From: "Q.G. de Bakker" <qnu
- Date: Fri, 2 May 2003 21:34:32 +0200
- References: <5C7752CCB00C3A47A70D5C4204A360B2554A55 >
David Seifert wrote:
> Legal process is what allowed them to drop the Opton prefix. A western
> court's judgement that declared the Oberkochen company as the legal owner
> of the Carl Zeiss trademark in the non-Warsaw Pact countries removed the
> need for the Opton nomenclature. Nothing else.
Yes. But that may have meant something to the people working at Zeiss too.
No longer just a "subsidiary" and contested at that, but the Venerable
Mother Firm themselves! ;-)
And dropping the Opton prefix happened in the early 1950s. I can imagine
that things than still were on the mend after the mayhem of WW2. Zeissians
were still settling into their new life in Oberkochen. With many things,
work related and non-work related getting a bit better every year.
All that reflecting in the standard of product quality does not sound too
far fetched to me. Products are not made by tools alone.
Anyway, did the legal battle not continue until the reunification of Zeiss
East and West in the late 1990s?