Sal, to the best of my information Yashica owns Contax. Therefore, it is not the same thing. I disapprove the partnership with Panasonic because of the all plastic, zero ergonomics product - digilux that is - they came up with. It just degrades Leica's name. So, it's not that i disapprove Leica's efforts in finding a presence in the digital age with a sound partner having the know-how Leica misses. On the other hand, Leica R series never reached the precision today's Contax, Nikon and other outfits attained. It most probably owes to Leica's inaction to produce autofocus lenses. However, Contax AX solved this problem in the body and still uses manual Carl Zeiss T lenses in AF fashion. Shame on Minolta! You shouldn't take my words to mean that Leica R series cameras are bad. No, my point is they are behind Contax and Nikon in electronics. If lens quality is the issue then Contax uses Carl Zeiss which is as good as Leica. Best regards.