I know the story reverse , Yashica cooperated with Zeiss and Minolta with Leica to use German lens expertise. I am seeing Leicaflex for around 80 dollars to up at keh for a long time, You get ergonomics and taste to use smooth like an widow shutter and unbeliviable , no match with any other japanese lens , Leica lens. Why worry about problem , go buy an other body. Mercedes is expensive to repair but whenenever your life depends on a car , your car is again a mercedes. I watched a bbc documentary and when the mercedes hits a toyota , toyota turns to a cola can but mercedes doesnt even breaks its glass.I understand Leica cooperated with Minolta to use their expertise in electronics design mainly.