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    My former employer had the Peak brand, the one I bought is Omega, but they are identical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Gray View Post
    Very well. The designs are similar (the same?) so I assume someone is rebranding someone.

    I have to admit, Omega/LPL/Saunders/whoever is very confusing to me. What's the history there?
    It's all pretty confusing. Maybe someone like Bob Salomon, who has had a long career in the business as a photographer and as a wholesale rep for various photo companies can sort it out, but he isn't active on APUG (try the LF forum), or perhaps Henry Posner from B&H might respond, if he sees this thread. Omega has been around since before WWII and is now part of OmegaSatter. Saunders is postwar, I think, but bought up various other companies along the way, and I think now they are part of Tiffen, or at least parts of Saunders are distributed by Tiffen. LPL is more recent, and then there are enlargers that are Omega/LPL and Saunders/LPL. I think I noticed Peak Loupes sometime in the 1980s, but it's possible that they manufactured other things before that or maybe they were a company that OEM'd products for Omega.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    ...perhaps Henry Posner from B&H might respond, if he sees this thread.
    I wish I knew. I recall noticing that it seemed the same grain magnifier was available from more than one brand, but at the time I don't recall I ever really knew who mad what.

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    It's all a deep mystery, I guess.
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    LPL Co., LTD. is in (or was) Tokyo Japan, as I understand it they effectively sold their enlargers as either LPL in countries like Australia, but in some other countries as in the USA, they used a local distributor who had their enlargers branded with the USA name, hence Saunders/LPL

    We had a few visits from LPL Japan people in the eighties to Australia for photographic industry trade shows, which were held less sporadically then, than they are of late in this country.

    Peak loupes and associated equipment is, to the best of my knowledge, a small Japanese private company that manufactures some quite interesting optical equipment. One sphere of their business is magnifiers, of which the enlarging, or grain magnifiers, form part of that business. Their name is Tohkai Sangyo Co Ltd, they are in Tokyo Japan.

    I believe that the Peak equipment is/was also distributed in countries like the USA in the same manner as LPL did with their enlargers.

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    The web address of Tohkai Sangyo Co Ltd is www.peak.co.jp. May be this is the proof.

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