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06-22-2011, 12:30 AM   #1
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Metz flashes. Is it Kenko-Tokina's products already?

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Is Kenko-Tokina the owner of Metz already?


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06-22-2011, 12:42 AM   #2
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This is strange, on what camera are they going to use those big flashes?
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This is strange, on what camera are they going to use those big flashes?
Canon and Nikon only - 58 model
The rest flashes are for all brands.

But...Kenko-Tokina offers Metz flashes...

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Metz lists

Kenko Co. Ltd.
Nishi-Ochiai 3-9-19
Shinjyuku-Ku,
Tokyo 161-8570

as its agency in Japan: Photo Electronics: Metz

So, Kenko-Tokina is just the distributor of Metz products there.

By the way: Metz: ca. 650 employees, Kenko-Tokina: ca. 200 employees

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Metz lists

Kenko Co. Ltd.
Nishi-Ochiai 3-9-19
Shinjyuku-Ku,
Tokyo 161-8570

as its agency in Japan: Photo Electronics: Metz

So, Kenko-Tokina is just the distributor of Metz products there.

By the way: Metz: ca. 650 employees, Kenko-Tokina: ca. 200 employees
Thanks for good info.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ogl Quote
Canon and Nikon only - 58 model
The rest flashes are for all brands.

But...Kenko-Tokina offers Metz flashes...
My Google search showed the 58 AF 2 available in Pentax mount at Amazon, Adorama, Tristate, etc.

The Metz Web site shows it's also available in Olympus, Fuji, Sony, and Panasonic.

Did I miss the point of your post, Ogl?
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What causes a lot of confusion is the distributor in the western U.S.A. that distributes Tokina, Hoya, Kenko and Slik products.

THK Photo Products, Inc.

Some people draw a conclusion that they are owned by the same entity.
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Kenko & Tokina merged and are now one company. Kenko-Tokina Co. Ltd., It is a privately held company. Hoya is a publicly traded company, but half of its board of directors are the same people that own Kenko-Tokina. They are not the same company, but the same people own/control both companies.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Winder Quote
Kenko & Tokina merged and are now one company. Kenko-Tokina Co. Ltd., It is a privately held company. Hoya is a publicly traded company, but half of its board of directors are the same people that own Kenko-Tokina. They are not the same company, but the same people own/control both companies.
Very interesting. Thanks for that.

Has anyone ever done a diagram mapping the corporate relationships between all the camera/lens companies in Japan. It would be a fascinating diagram. Most of the players in Japan (Canon/Nikon/Pentax/Sony/Sigma/Tamron etc) are probably deeply interlinked.
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Kenko International
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Trade name Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd.
Main shareholders Toru Yamanaka, Tetsuo Suzuki and others

Main banks Mizuho Bank (Yaesuguchi Branch), Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Bank (Shinjyuku Branch) and Shoko Chukin Bank (head office)

Directors Representative Director: Toru Yamanaka
Director (part-time): Mamoru Yamanaka(Consultant of Hoya Co., Ltd.)
Director (part-time): Tetsuo Suzuki (Honorary Chairman of Hoya Co., Ltd.)


November 15, 1994: Appendix D: Hoya Corporation R&D Center
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Under the guidance of its chairman Tetsuo Suzuki and its president Mamoru Yamanaka, Hoya is aiming to transition from being a glass company to a "total company" by exploring the possibilities offered by optoelectronics technology for the 21st century.


The grandson of Shigeru Yamanaka (Hoya founder) is Yutaka Yamanaka, who is a cousin of Hiroshi Suzuki (President / CEO Hoya). Hiroshi Suzuki is the son of Tetsuo Suzuki (Main shareholder / director Kenko Tokina). Tetsuo Suzuki was president of Hoya since 1957 successfully diversifying the family-run business into a leading manufacturer. In 1993, he became chairman, ceding the CEO slot to Mamoru Yamanaka, his brother-in-law and son of the company founder. Mamoru Yamanaka (Director Kenko Tokina, Consultant Hoya) is the fifth largest principal shareholder of Hoya.


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Great stuff.
Are there any Hoya connections to Sigma or Tamron?
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Sony own 11% of Tamron
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Sony own 11% of Tamron
Interesting. I note from their annual report that 29% of Tamron's sales go to Sony too. They must make most of the lenses for Sony's point and shoots I guess.
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Japanese companies seem much more comfortable doing business with competitors than we see in North America. Sony is selling sensors to everybody while also competing against those same customers with a competing line of cameras. We don't see those business practices here. It's been long known that Tamron makes lenses for camera OEM's. They made some Pentax lenses also.
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Interesting. I note from their annual report that 29% of Tamron's sales go to Sony too. They must make most of the lenses for Sony's point and shoots I guess.
Who makes the non-zeiss 35mm lenses for that matter. It could be Tamron. Hoya probably provides the glass.
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