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Old Thursday 3rd August 2017, 13:47   #1
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Zeiss might buy major part of Leica (45%)

HT-glass was just the first step to "Conquest" Leica bins, not good news for Leica fans, or market competition.

"Reuters is reporting that investment group Blackstone is "in talks with potential buyers" in an attempt to sell its 45% stake in Leica Camera, possibly to Zeiss. The other 55% of the company is owned by the Kaufmann family, who brought in Blackstone as a co-investor in 2011."

https://www.dpreview.com/news/571080...-is-interested

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Old Thursday 3rd August 2017, 18:00   #2
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Hello,

Let me be pedantic. 45% is not a major portion. A major portion, as in a majority is 51%. Of course, 45% would be a significant portion.

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Good news as there would then be hope for a set of Leica bins with a Zeiss-smooth focusing wheel!


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Let me be pedantic. 45% is not a major portion. A major portion, as in a majority is 51%. Of course, 45% would be a significant portion.

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Thats why I wrote "major part" and not "major portion"...

But I don't speak English, so I won't argue...

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Not sure that I speak English either.

Leica have struggled for years regarding finances, so this may ensure stability.
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Am not convinced Zeiss has a serious interest.
Blackstone was a purely financial investor, while Zeiss would only invest to be a strategic partner. The Kaufmann family does not want that, they plan to hold Leica forever. So an Asian investor seems most likely. Wonder whether Softbank has any interest in photography....
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The article states that Zeiss is only interested if it has a controlling interest in the company.

That makes sense.

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if this happens will the badge still be red or that glorious Blue.....
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yay....my shiny 8x32 BNs will be worth an absolute fortune
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Anyone seen the new 7X54 HT* Owltivid?

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yay....my shiny 8x32 BNs will be worth an absolute fortune
Them 8x32 BNs are a cult binocular. up in the hall of fame with the Zeiss 7x42 bgat and 10x40 bgats. The Nikon 8x30 EII And others. Always going to be worth money. They never should have disco/d the trins
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The old Leica Trinovids are heavy, bulky binoculars with some inconveniences that the Ultravids do not have. They have eye cups that cannot be removed to help in cleaning the oculars and the eye cups also do not have intermediate positions between fully open and closed.

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Them 8x32 BNs are a cult binocular.
I've been called a cult

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I think the German equivalent of the " monopolies commission"might have something to say about this.
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I think the German equivalent of the " monopolies commission"might have something to say about this.
The alternative might be a sale to a Chinese investment entity, so there may be more flexibility than usual.
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