Japan vs Chinese vs German lens glass and filters?

4 months 3 weeks ago #660385 by Olivia
When it comes to lenses and filters, does it really matter which location the lenses are made at?  

If there is, then what is the difference?  


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4 months 3 weeks ago #660390 by effron
Mostly the language on the packages. I'll stick with Japanese tech....

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4 months 3 weeks ago - 4 months 3 weeks ago #660406 by Nikon Shooter

Olivia wrote: does it really matter which location the lenses are made at? If there is, then what is the difference?  


Yes, yes, and yes… it did!

Building a lens is a complicated endeavour and there was no way
out of trial and error before optic physics got serious.

The Germans, the Dutch, the Italians were among the pioneers but
then came the Japanese and, later,  the computer assisted techno-
logies.

At this point in the evolution of lenses, German lenses quality is ba-
sed on their traditions and the Japanese ones on their creations. As
for the others, on their lower end prices… and quality at this time.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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4 months 3 weeks ago #660413 by fmw
Computer assisted design works the same in every country.  The only differences are accuracy of manufacture, tolerances, barrel materials and so forth.  I will leave it to you to determine the differences.


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4 months 3 weeks ago #660432 by New but trying
This goes for basically anything ever made: where it's made doesn't dictate the quality. These days, there's no real trends between manufacturing countries, but price point. There are excellent Chinese lenses that severely undercut their counterparts. Basically, just look for good reviews and don't worry where it's made. :)


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4 months 3 weeks ago #660443 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Olivia

All good above re: lenses - but filters could be problematic because of counterfeiters

I had a student a year or so back whose "Hoya" filter had ripples in the glass. When holding the filter at 45deg to our line-of-sight, the ripples showed up badly ~ and it came to the user's attention when someone's face seemed to show a blemish that was not there in real life. The user mentioned that they bought the filter from that famous internet source that offers 'real cheap' products to all and sundry

Phil from the great land Downunder
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4 months 3 weeks ago #660488 by Peter Nunez
IMHO you can't go wrong with either German or Japan glass.  
Chinese would be on a case by case basis for me.  


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4 months 3 weeks ago #660493 by Piechura
The company doing the quality control is more the issue, I think. High end manufacturers wouldn't open factories in China if they couldn't ensure quality. Often they make their high end stuff in the home country though, but I wonder how much of that is about quality of manufacturing and how much is about security and protecting their technology.

As an example, I've heard that SLR Magic can make some great budget cinema lenses, but their quality control is nowhere near the likes of Zeiss or Sigma. Some reviewers mention that they had to send their lens back for a replacement a couple of times before getting a really good one. They probably figure that most of the people buying this sort of entry level lens won't notice any flaws anyway, which is probably a fair point.


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4 months 3 weeks ago #660507 by effron

Peter Nunez wrote: IMHO you can't go wrong with either German or Japan glass.  
Chinese would be on a case by case basis for me.  


A lot of Nikon glass is produced in China under strict Japanese supervision.......

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4 months 3 weeks ago #660614 by Matt Nguyen
But in that case, is it branded "Made in Japan" or "Made in China"?  


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4 months 2 weeks ago #661358 by Kenya See
I was always under the impression that Japan was the best and I guess in my head German man glass was unofficially in the second spot.  Never thought about China made stuff so much as it's branding is associated with inexpensive.  


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4 months 2 weeks ago #661528 by Chester Foster
Go with Japanese filters when you have the option too.  


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