Quote Originally Posted by Lachlan Young
AFAIK it is the same as the R4 - it was the electronics etc that were different - though there is a story that Leitz bought Minolta zooms, rejected 85% of them, and completely stripped them down and rebuilt them in order that they could be badged 'Made in Germany'.

Hope this helps,

Lachlan

Shame on all of you.

Leica and Minolta go way back.

Leica used the chassis and shutter from the XD11, installed a new mirror box, and went from there.

Some Leica zooms were made by Minolta to Leica specs... like Rollei making Zeiss designs, or Kyocera making Zeiss.