R8 Origin of Manufacture

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Is it true the Leica R8 body is now being produced in Portugal? Is the body stamped 'Made in Portugal' and with what serial number did this begin?

-- Stephen Dominick (sdstudio@vaxxine.com), November 21, 2001


My R8 (S/N 2,75x,xxx)says "Portugal"; however I have seen references that previous R8's were mostly assembled in Portugal then shipped to Solms for attachment of the top plate. I don't know if that is truth or fiction. What I do know is that the R8's labelled Germany had their share of glitches and breakdowns, so unless you're hedging the very unlikely possibility of a future collectible, I would be inclined to go for the Portugal R8 simply because a new unit will come with a substantial warranty.

-- Jay (infinitydt@aol.com), November 21, 2001.

R8 versions and serial numbers

-- Lucien (lucien_vd@yahoo.fr), November 22, 2001.

M6s are also "preassembled" in Portugal

-- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), November 22, 2001.

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